Cardigan winner reveals capacity to explore space
12:02pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
THE Welsh Space Campaign, by Cardigan graduate Hefin Jones, has won this year’s Christine Risley Award, at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Goldsmiths BA (Hons) Design graduate Hefin created a space suit made by Welsh craftsmen from materials sourced in Wales.
A plumber built a pressure system for the spacesuit, a traditional clog maker made space clogs, and the last remaining wool mills in Wales provided material for the space suit.
Hefin said: "The Welsh Space Campaign (WSC) launches ordinary Welsh people into outer space, by finding a cosmic context for Welsh culture, skills and traditions. I aim to reveal that Wales has the capacity to explore space, and to show that off-world culturalisation can be achieved through a collective communitarian effort; as a way to allow the people involved to reconsider their role and skill in relation to these cosmic contexts."
The piece will be exhibited in the Constance Howard Gallery at Goldsmiths from 24 September - 24 October, after which it will become part of the Welsh National Museum Archive.
The Christine Risley Award is a cash prize awarded by the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery to a graduating Goldsmiths student for outstanding work relating to textiles, in memory of Christine Risley.
As a textile artist, Christine Risley (1926-2003) was a key member of Constance Howard's remarkable and innovative department of textiles.
Each year, an outstanding Goldsmiths graduate working with the medium of textiles is awarded a prize in her memory.
The award presentation reception will take place at the Constance Howard Gallery on October 10.