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Homes to feature on contemporary jewellers 2019 Conwy Eisteddfod Crown design

A north Wales contemporary jeweller has received approval by the national Eisteddfod board for her 2019 crown design for Conwys event next year.

Homes to feature on contemporary jewellers 2019 Conwy Eisteddfod Crown design

"Were thrilled to understand that houses will feature on the crowns design, linking the homes created by Grp Cynefin to the bards winning jewel."
Shan Lloyd Williams

Sponsors Grŵp Cynefin is delighted that homes will feature, for the first time, in the design of the crown.

“As an organisation, we are delighted to be playing a role in the brief offered to designer, Angela Evans from Caernarfon as she presents her design concept for the creation of the national Eisteddfod’s 2019 crown,” explains Shan Lloyd Williams, Chief Executive of Grŵp Cynefin.

Three key elements will form part of the crown design, with all three themes linked to Grŵp Cynefin’s housing association principles, as commissioners of next year’s crown.

“Our main principle as a housing association is to offer quality homes within rural communities of north Wales. But as an organisation that means more than just laying bricks and mortar.

“As so many of our staff derive from these north Wales communities, they understand the make-up of these areas, the close-knit communities they serve plus the importance Welsh culture, the language and the history has within these rural communities.

“Cynefin offers ‘more than housing’ to our tenants and homeowners, and we are proud to be showcasing elements of this work in such an accomplished national prize,” explains Shan Lloyd Williams.

“We’re thrilled to understand that houses will feature on the crown’s design, linking the homes created by Grŵp Cynefin to the bard’s winning jewel.

Jewels will be used on the crown to convey the brightness and future prosperity of the sustainable communities Cynefin works with across north and mid Wales.

And showcasing all that is good from the county of Conwy will be represented by water. The water that runs through the Conwy estuary from the sea, through the river Conwy down the valley, feeding the land and its people via its labyrinth of brooks and gorges.

Now Angela Evans has presented her concept ideas to the Eisteddfod board, the designer will begin her task, fulfilling a long held dream to create this momentous prize.

Angela Evans: “I’ve always wanted to design and make an Eisteddfod Crown so I’m thrilled to have won the commission.

“My jewellery work is intricate and detailed, but I will used some of those elements to feature on the crown’s design.

The Crown is one of the highest accolades of the National Eisteddfod and is presented to the winner of one of the two major poetry competitions. In a ceremonial event on the main pavilion stage during Eisteddfod week, the nom de plume of the winner is announced and the successful bard stands to the delight of the congratulatory crowd.

Angela’s design outline was selected by a panel of tenants, staff and board members following a commissioning campaign led by Grŵp Cynefin. This week, the national Eisteddfod Board unanimously approved the design

The designer gained a degree in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing at the Loughborough University, School of Art and Design in 2004. Angela Evans has since been Chair of the 'North Wales Jewellers Collective' for 10 years plus she is a professional member of the Association of Contemporary Jewellers.

Angela's workshop is located at ‘Siop iard’ Caernarfon, a space she shares with two other artists. All three artists opened a second shop at Pwllheli three years ago which is operated by a further three artists. In addition Angela leads jewellery making courses throughout the year.

Shan Lloyd Williams, Chief Executive for Grŵp Cynefin said: “As a Welsh Housing Association, we are delighted to be able to play a prominent role in presenting this prize at Conwy 2019’s National Eisteddfod.

“We are in close liaison with Angela Evans, and look forward immensely to seeing her design develop in the coming months.”