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Galwad a Fferi Laswellt

A call out for help making a community boat, and a grass boat, an empty vessel awaiting the future.

Published onMay 05, 2021
Galwad a Fferi Laswellt

As part of my flotilla, I would like to include a larger boat-based installation – ‘Cwch Caergybi’ – which carries textile work made by the community. I am looking for any person/s, or group who would be interested in contributing to this community boat, which will be installed permanently within a venue in Holyhead. The finished work will have information on all contributors.

Would you like to contribute:

  • a small textile ‘banner’ (33 x 42 cm) to hang within the iron rod structures (see below)

  • circular piece of crochet to hang within the portholes?

This can be in any soft material, sewn and/or printed, and can be entirely your design.

Gorffennais fy mlog olaf gyda fy ‘fferi hir’ dychmygol, sy’n cario dim byd ond tryciau cludo i borthladd Dulyn.
Roedd arna i awydd ychwanegu un llong arall at fy fflotila personal, i fynegi fy ymateb i’r sefyllfa bresennol yng Nghaergybi, yn sgil Brexit, ac yn dal i fod o fewn pandemig global Covid.
Gan ddefnyddio’r un ffurf llestr eiconig hynafol, wnes i’r ‘Ffferi Laswellt’


I ended my last post with my imaginary ‘longboat ferry’ carrying nothing but haulage to Dublin port. I felt compelled to add one more vessel to my personal flotilla, reflecting on the current situation at Holyhead: post Brexit, but still within the parameters of the Covid global pandemic.

Using the same ancient iconic vessel form, I made the ‘Grass Ferry’, pictured below.

Fferi Laswellt – The Grass Ferry

An empty vessel, with haulage now directed elsewhere.

This vessel appears as a contradiction and confusion of materials handled in a fairy-tale way, but it raises many questions:-

Is the grass greener on the other side?
Will tourism take over from trade?
Is this the future of our land, as a park?
Is there a more optimistic future, with greener pastures?

The list is endless.

An empty vessel awaiting the future.

Llestr gwag yn aros am y dyfodol.


Marged Pendrell
5 May 2021

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