For the last four years I have been taking my foraged finds back to my tiny south facing garden shed, (where I have no electricity) and turning them into a range of preserves. My shed has been bursting at the seams and spilling out the door, dripping jewel like jars of syrups, vinegars, jellies, cordials and salts down the garden path, into the house and taking over every corner of my life. I have been hiding away in rural bliss for many, many years, working alone and becoming slightly feral. After much deliberation, I decided it may be time to rejoin society and In late Spring I took the plunge and signed a lease on a premises in Cardigan town with my dear friend, Carys Hedd. Carys is an incredible artisan maker who runs classes and stitches beautiful bespoke pieces of upcycled clothing under her own label Wench.
The following few months were spent brainstorming, scrubbing, painting, planning, hammering, sawing and planting. We hauled in the help of the carpentry skills of Misha, Benjamin Grey, and John Spikes.
We built a kitchen for me to preserve in, bought retro units from a selection of wonderful Welsh junk shops and antiques centres. We trauled charity shops and boot fairs. Benjamin built me a beautiful long bar top and Carys was given an incredible ‘sewing wardrobe’.
Carys stitched us beautiful dresses for the grand opening, I baked us wild treats and finally, in the middle of July we unveiled the doors of our studio Melfed, number 6 The Arcade, Cardigan High Street.
Melfed is just off the High Street, at the bottom of a Lost Arcade, opposite Barclays bank & next to The Works
A fusion of foraged food & fashion!
Gwledd a Gwisg Gwyllt
Since then I have been loving the new space! Carys has started upcycled evening classes and I have been bottling the late Summer sunshine and Autumn bounty.
To help us acclimatise to urban life we have been taking morning dips in the sea, and of course returning each evening to our rural dwellings, me half way down a wooded valley in Ceredigion and Carys on top of a mountain above the Gwaun valley.
We are squirreling away in our studio most weekdays, so do pop by to say hello if you are passing Cardi town.