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Emma Bevan:

I live and work in the Brecon Beacons, where I grew up, and to where I returned after completing my arts courses in London.
I am an artist, tutor, and curator of a crafts gallery in Crickhowell, The Makers Gallery.

I also work with The Big Skill CIC. as events coordinator. In working with them, I began planning and coordinating creative and practical workshops, enterprise projects and festivals in and around Wales.

I organise seasonal Artisan Markets, which aim to both showcase local makers, and raise funds for local charities. I love to help others discover new skills, and travel around Wales, teaching needle-felting classes as FfolkyFfelt; ensuring my resources and materials are sustainable and as local as possible are of high importance to me. I discovered felt-making quite by accident, during my cancer treatment 10 years ago, having previously worked with printmaking and photography. It inspired me to leave behind my previous work, and take the leap into working with wool!

My idea for the Creative Retreat was inspired by wanting to give you the sort of experience that I’d like for myself.

Somewhere where the air is clear and clean, fresh – a place to breathe.

Somewhere beautiful, in the Brecon Beacons, and somewhere with the freedom to roam, both physically and mentally.

Somewhere with cosy spaces and a welcoming atmosphere, where we can kick off our shoes and wear slippers all the time – if we want to!

Somewhere with delicious food, open fires, spaces to sit and chat or stretch out.

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