ARTISTS / Bethan Ash
Bethan Ash is a full-time artist working in collage, painting, and textiles. She offers workshops at her studio, focusing on helping people to find a personal and lively approach to creating.
After training in fashion and working as a designer in the fashion industry she began making art quilts in the early 1980’s. Subsequently her style has developed into improvised art, using collage and textiles as her medium. The root of her inspiration comes from her love of colour, light and abstract form and she is strongly influenced by social and popular culture that most of us can relate to.
She has won international awards for her work and exhibits it worldwide.
Her art quilts can be found in Museum collections in the UK and USA including the Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York.
Bethan is the author of two books - Vibrant Quilt Collage, USA publishers and Instinctive Quilt Art, Batsford UK.
Gallery experience -
During her time as a textile artist, Bethan has been a co-founder of The Makers Guild In Wales, helping set up their first gallery, The Old Library Craft Centre, followed by their gallery at Cardiff Bay, Crafts in the Bay.
She set up and was the principle founder of the group, Fibre Art Wales, also setting up and running the galleries, Oriel Makers, Cardiff and Makers Cowbridge. For eight years she worked at The Albany Gallery, as gallery assistant and graphics designer, working on their invitations, booklets and advertisements.
In 2018 She opened Queen Street Gallery in Neath.