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Artists' book captures Gwynedd birdsong on paper

Noelle Griffiths working on a plate for spring
A copy of Birdsong has already been on show at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw

At £750 a copy, the book Birdsong might not be in many Christmas stockings. But every edition of the title by two Gwynedd artists is a unique collection of paintings and text.

Noelle Griffiths from Maentwrog in the Vale of Ffestiniog and Kim Atkinson from Aberdaron on the Llŷn Peninsula spent a year capturing on paper 30 minutes of birdsong for each of the four seasons.

"We're only drawing what we hear, not what we see," artist and art tutor Noelle explained.

"Both of us had been drawing sounds for a while - music, accidental sounds you might hear - just as a mark-making exercise really.

"But Kim is an expert on birds and a wildlife artist, and I've been using a bird for a symbol for all sorts of things in my paintings.

"So we decided to create an artists' book about birdsong."

Noelle and Kim have created ten editions of their book and have sold one to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, where it can be viewed by the public on request.

It's a metre in length and includes poems and explanations of the birdsong drawings.

"There are eight prints in each book, two for each of the seasons where we both live," explained Noelle.

"I live in the mountains and Kim by the coast, so we wanted to include different habitats, and so different birds."

The two artists will next be working on a project to record a whole day's sounds in the mountains and beside the sea, from dawn until dusk.



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