Bread of Heaven - Gudrun Jones

My grandmother died when I was 11, she lived in the Rhondda. One day in my 30’s on my way to Cardiff I stopped at Asda in Dowlais Top to buy something. As I was looking at the biggest loves of white bread I had ever seen I realised everone was speaking like my grandmother.

I was transported back to her living room, the old fires, the curtains behind the door, the old biscuits tins of Christmas decorations she used to make up for pin money for the local factory, the Lady lewis coal mine we could see through the window, coming over the heads of the valleys road seeing all the street lights,the bath in thekitchen, the prlour that was always freezing and going to the vast chapel, and the little white purse with some pennies for the collection.

I just have no memory what I bought at Asda.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I work as an Art Therapist in Oncology and Palliative Care in Ceredigion now, but also in Mental Health for many years. My original degree was in textiles, so have always enjoyed making things. The art therapy training offered the opportunity to have a job using creative process and working with different people rather than working on my own in a studio.

What’s your story about?

My story was about how memories can be triggered when you are least expecting it. A chance visit to Asda at Dowlais Top above Merther in South Wales transported me back to may grandmothers living room when I was very small.

Why did you choose this particular story?

I had two stories I couldn’t decide which to do. The group helped me to decide after I read both stories to the group and I was happy to go with that story.

What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?

Being able to spend two days making something was wonderful I loved it.  I will now use the facilities to make some more stories, until I feel confident enough to use the technique in  my work place. I also thought on  a personal note that I would like  to make little stories out of family photographs  or holidays would be a nice thing to do and a nice present to give.

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Arts Council of Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • National Lottery
  • Ceredigion County Coucil

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