Inspiring Lines was a collaboration between some members of the Cardiff Print Workshop and two poets, William Dean Ford and Hilary Griffiths. The idea originally came from Melanie Wotton at the HeARTh Gallery in Llandough who knew the poets because of their involvement with the mental health unit at the hospital. We invited Will and Hilary to meet us at Market Road, and over tea and biscuits they both read some of their work. It was a lovely evening, and they left us with more than enough words to respond to.
The resulting exhibition was curated beautifully by Mel and hung in Llandough last September 2018. We have now moved some of the work to the Waterloo Tearooms in Wyndham Street Arcade where it is on display until early September.
I produced four prints for this exhibition, all based on Will’s wonderful poem ‘In Difficult Times’. It is a source of wonder to me that in so few words he manages to convey such a strong message of hope.
In addition to the poem itself, my further three images set out to illustrate small steps towards engaging with the outside world.
Stepping Out #1
Stepping Out #2
Stepping Out #3