My name is, Gwyneira Wood also known as Ira Wood.
I was born in South Wales and now live near Bristol. On leaving school I trained as a Home Economics teacher in Bangor, North Wales. I taught for many years in Gloucestershire, Surrey and Derbyshire.
While teaching in Derbyshire I was given the opportunity to attend a one year embroidery course at Loughborough College of Art.
That course actually changed my whole life. I did not return to teaching children but took up further textile qualifications, such as City and Guild Parts 1 and 2, and an advanced textile diploma. I then began teaching adults through lectures and workshops.
On retiring from teaching I concentrated on my own work.
I currently produce framed and unframed work inspired by medieval historical subject matter and various aspects of landscape. I also produce three dimensional objects in the form of cubes, cylinders and vessels
My works involve paper and paint with hand and machine embroidery on synthetic fabrics, often in a wide range of colours and leaning towards abstraction with a hint of the subject matter.
I have exhibited in many exhibitions in the South West and Wales including the Aberystwyth Art Centre, The Royal West of England Acadamy, WWT Slimbridge and National Trust Properties.
Whilst living in Connecticut USA for three years I exhibited in Glastonbury CT, Stamford and Mystic.
I am a member of the Gordano Textile Artists in Bristol and support their exhibitions.
Their next exhibition is at the National Trust - Newark Park, Gloucestershire from 9th May to 18th June 2018..