Dylan Thomas

Paper Diorama

Eli Jenkins 2am Under Milk Wood with Dylan Thomas

Eli Jenkins from Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood marked the last diorama for my project for the forthcoming group exhibition in Cardiff Castle and Swansea Museum.  Blurry eyed (I could no longer manually focus my camera) and with vats of Colombian coffee swilling my belly … I called it a night!

The morning light however made me think about adding maybe 2 more characters to set, even though the deadline was today!  Maybe Mrs Dai Bread 1 & 2 and No Good Boyo ahh so many to choose from!  If I spent a year on this project I’m not sure I would get all 60 odd characters done from the play.

The image below gives you an idea of the Under Milk Wood set which is made from paper, sellotape and glue and placed on table length ways in front of the camera.  It looks a bit mish-mash, however each item serves a purpose to highlight the main character including DVD cases to give some height to the gravestones … very high tech!  The transformation from the uninspiring reality to the final image, is dependent on camera settings and the use of a single moving light source aka a £1.50 torch from IKEA!  It is amazing what paper, craft knife, a good story, hair pulling frustration, a camera, a few paper cut fingers and a deadline can do.  Thank you Dylan Thomas for your inspiring words.

Sarah Barnes - Under Milk Wood

Sarah Barnes – Under Milk Wood

Eli Jenkins Set for Under Milk Wood

Eli Jenkins Set for Under Milk Wood

Swansea Museum Exhibition – Under Milk Wood

Inspired Group Exhibition – Dylan Thomas

I will be exhibiting work with my fellow students in Cardiff Castle and Swansea Museum.  With the opening night scheduled for April 11th and an impending deadline for completed work by March 4th.  I have completed four pieces of work so far using inspiration from Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood and have spent the last few days drawing and cutting out my version of Bessie Bighead and Mae Rose Cottage.  With only four down and six to go I am becoming anxious!  However, when a deadline appears I set to work and have finished Gwennie and Johnnie Cristo ‘kiss Gwennie where she says or give her a penny’!  Needless to say I am looking forward to the photography exhibition with my fellow Inspired students.

Sarah Barnes Photography Under Milk Wood

Sarah Barnes Photography Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas 2014 – Exhibition in Swansea and Cardiff

Dylan Thomas Exhibition –

I will be exhibiting work inspired by the words of Dylan Thomas for a forthcoming group exhibition in Cardiff Castle and Swansea Museum.  My work is inspired by Under Milk Wood and features paper cut outs of some of the main characters.

I have based the work on vintage dioramas to create a scene made out of paper.  All the characters were created and cut out by hand then placed within a UMW scene.  After listening to the play countless times, I wanted to make it as clear as I could who the characters were.  As the play is so well loved I felt I had to do it justice!  My first character was Polly Garter and her many children … and subsequent washing on the line!  I hope that all the Dylan Thomas fans who will see the ‘Circles of the Discovered Skies’ exhibition will recognise the characters easily.

We will be exhibiting in Swansea Museum from April 12th – June 15th 2014