WHO WE ARE
ffowndri first opened its doors on the 8th September 2018. Andrew and Lisa spent two years travelling the country collecting, rescuing and finding equipment. At first the vision was to have a home studio but their plans grew as they became more integrated into the community and passionate about the revival and preservation of the craft. The equipment they had collected was stored in multiple locations until they came across their current studio.
Andrew and Lisa visited Unit 9 with a need for more storage space until they found the perfect studio space but very quickly realised the potential of the site and were charmed by the previous use of the land.
The transformation of the unit into a Studio began in February 2018. The studio expanded into Unit 8 in August 2018.
Our Mission Statement
We are dedicated to the education and preservation of printing, letterpress, bookbinding, paper marbling and other associated heritage arts and crafts. ffowndri aims to promote and educate others in the history of these arts and crafts and to inspire others to experience and experiment with them by providing flexible and varied opportunities to visit and use the studio; and through workshops and demonstrations off site.
ffowndri is a not-for-profit organisation. This means that we invest any potential profits into the studio to support our community open days, restoration projects or to further equip the studio.
Visitors are more than welcome at the studio as we are keen for people to see the amazing equipment we are lucky enough to be the custodians of. There are a few options available for visitors depending on what you are hoping to experience:
Come for an Hour
During Studio Days, which are marked on our calendar, visitors are welcome to come and spend an hour in the studio to see the equipment and to gain more of an understanding of what we do at ffowndri. We ask that visitors let us know before they visit to be sure that we can give you the time we would like to; however you are welcome to call in unannounced and see if we available to talk.
One Day Pass
We love having other artists pay a visit and use the studio. If you are an experienced in one of the arts and crafts we have at the studio, you can purchase a day pass and use it on a Studio Day that suits you. No other membership is needed to purchase one of these.
One day passes can be purchased by clicking this link.
We hold community days at the studio two days a year which are marked on our calendar. This is a day when anyone is welcome to call into the studio to see the equipment and join in with one of the demonstrations we will have on that day.
Helfa Gelf Art Trail
We take part in the North Wales Helfa Gelf art tail. This means our studio is open for all visitors from 11am till 5pm on the Helfa Gelf days. More information about Helfa Gelf can be found on their website: https://helfagelf.co.uk
All annual members and honoree members are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting and cast a vote on items needing decisions that are presented.
HISTORY OF THE SITE
The trading estate is located on the site of the old Talargoch mine. Mining on the site is thought to have been started by the Romans. After much dispute and war it became commercially mined in the 1700s. The mine went on to become the most productive mine in what was then Flintshire.
It is believed that the old miners mined over 60,000 tons of lead ore and 50,000 tons of zinc blende as well as copper, silver and calamine.
Today the old Clive Engine House which can be seen close to the studio is the last surviving relic of the mine. It was restored in 2002 and given Grade II* listing. It is considered to be the best preserved example of a Cornish-style engine house in North.
More information can be found on the Dyserth website: https://www.dyserth.com/talargoch.html
USING OUR SPACE
We welcome the use of our space by other artists who work with mediums that we don't offer. If you are interested in running your own workshops from the studio or are just looking for somewhere to be creative, get in touch and let us know more and we will see how we can help.
Where We Are
The studio is located in the historic village of Dyserth in Denbighshire, Wales, and sits on the edge of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
More information about this area can be found here.
We always love to hear from other artists so feel free to introduce yourself or ask us any questions by getting in touch using one of the means below or by using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Unit 8&9, Talargoch Trading Estate,
Meliden Road, Dyserth
Wales, LL18 6DJ
Wednesday: 10:30am - 4:30pm (from April 2019)
Thursday: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 4:30pm
We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.
The studio is open during other hours on occasions for workshops, tutoring and members, these are marked on our calendar.
If you come via the A55, come off at junction 31 for Caerwys. If you are heading West up the A55 and come off at junction 31 take a right at the first roundabout and head straight over at the second towards Prestatyn. If you are heading east up the A55 and come off at junction 31, take left at the roundabout again heading towards Prestatyn.
At this point you will be on the A5151 (both east and west routes). At the next roundabout take a left to Dyserth (A5151). Continue on this road. You will go through a small village called Trelawnyd before you get to Dyserth.
Carry on going straight on when you get to the High Street and then when you reach the traffic lights at the end of the High Street take a right signposted to Prestatyn. Go down the steep hill. At this point you will pass a small shop on the right handside called the Waterfall shop. The Waterfall is fantastic so you may want to pull into the carpark shortly after the shop and take a look. If not carry on down the road until you get to the next set of traffic lights.
At these traffic lights take a right, signposted to Prestatyn. You're almost there. Just less than half a mile up this road the studio is located on the right within the Talargoch Trading Estate.
When you arrive at the site free parking is available inside in front of units 4&5. If this parking is full there is further parking outside of the main gates.
There are bus stops just outside of the site in both directions.
Buses that stop on route to Prestatyn are: 19, 36 & PS1
Buses heading out of our Prestatyn that stop on route are: 19, 35 & PS1
For more information about getting to the studio on the bus, check out the Traveline website: https://www.traveline.cymru
The closest station to the studio is Prestatyn (PRT) which is serviced by the North Wales Coast Line. Some direct services are available or you may have to exchange at Crewe and or Chester.
There is a taxi rank outside of the station, just head towards the town centre and you won’t miss it.