Daffodil centre stage in National Botanic Garden of Wales' art show

As the national flower of Wales, the daffodil and the art it has inspired is a fitting subject for the National Botanic Garden of Wales's Spring show.

‘Narcissus’, by Becca Martin
‘Narcissus’, by Becca Martin

The show, which runs alongside the Carmarthenshire garden’s month-long Daffodil Festival, will feature art by university students on the Surface Pattern Design course at Swansea Met.

Course tutor Ainsley Hillard said: "The Botanic Garden’s brief provided much scope for investigation and, as a result, each student has developed their own visual and contextual research, visiting the garden and spending time in the library there.

"The result is a diverse range of works that are by no means literal in representation but, rather, delve further into the theme."

Ainsley said students had been variously inspired by the flower, its Latin name, Narcissus and its association with the Greek myth, as well as the medicinal and herbal properties of the plant and its use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Some students have developed work with a more personal narrative, connecting with memories in childhood, to relatives or friends that may have experienced memory loss.

She added: "The students have created works that explore a variety of traditional and digital processes and techniques including mono printing, hand-cut lino printing methods, utilised traditional textiles skills, as well as hand drawn illustrations and three-dimensional works in wire."

Daffodil is on show at the Botanic Garden gallery from March 1 to 25.

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