Connection: Y Bont Gyswllt by Gwenda Williams

Y Bont Gyswllt by Gwenda Williams

Influenced by architecture and local history, this quilt was designed on Menai Suspension Bridge, built and opened to the public on 30th January 1826 by Thomas Telford, which replaced a treacherous ferry journey from Bangor, North Wales, across the tidal straits to the Isle of Anglesey.

It was just one of the many challenges faced by Telford in improving the London to Holyhead road, essential for crossing to Ireland. Many boats were capsized or ran aground before the bridge was built. Telford proposed a suspension bridge far larger than any previously built, to allow tall sailing ships to continue along the straits.

This bridge today is one of the many wonders of Wales.

Made using photos bonded onto fabric, pained and dyed. Organzas and other man-made fabrics stitched to give texture and burned.

Y Bont Gyswllt by Gwenda Williams

Y Bont Gyswllt by Gwenda Williams

This quilt is part of the Connection touring exhibition by Cwilt Cymru currently showing at Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch.

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