NEWYDDION RHIF UN = NEWS No 1
SHWMAE = HELLO!
What happened in March is that we got a hang over from Febuary but we've got oranges and positivity..
Activity at our factories is fraught as they scramble to try and manage complications from Covid, For our partners in Europe this continues to be compounded by chaos at borders and with samples and orders hitting massive backlogs of freight.
We found some amazing new fabrics in Taiyuan Taiwan some of which found its way over to a Indonesian supplier in Java literally down the road from the Merapi volcano.
One of our favourite stores PARO that sell MAKE delivered us an awesome photoshoot shot in Amsterdam during their lockdown.
We went introverted indoors and pulled out images of friends and family from over 20 years ago !.
The team started working with metal trims that once outlived the garments they adorn can be used for new and exiting purposes, some of these can be seen in the shipment that arrives in May.
In an effort to reduce overstocking and reduce waste to an absolute minimum we have been experimenting with pre sale concepts and want to get your FEEDBACK...
The 2022 range got started and we are going to share developments here in the coming months, Some exclusive garments in the range are going to be 'customer collabs' where we change design, colour and print based on your feedback so please look out for these in the CYNNYRCH = PRODUCT section coming next month.
If you want to reach out before then please get in touch using the CONTACT here.
CADW A THRWSIO = MAKE DO AND MEND
MAKE FFRINDIAU = MAKE FRIENDS
CYNNYRCH = PRODUCT
In Wales fine weather can turn to a serious downpour and vice versa in no time.
We wanted to build a garment that was as versatile as possible and adapt from a fully sealed mountain jacket to fully vented with as much air as possible in seconds.
We decided to call this system cyfnewidiol which translates as changeable in English.
The front pocket has a clear flexible PU glass front that was designed as a map pocket or to hold your mobile with the torch mode on if you have forgotten your bike lights or flashlight in the dark.
Hand pockets are hidden behind double ended zip vents that open the front of the jacket from hem to chest in a poncho style.
The front pocket swaps out for the pocket of the Nistal bag and during coming ranges we will be introducing new pocket styles with different attributes to change the function as the wearer chooses.
The hood stows away in the back neck yoke with a YKK aqua block zip, when the rain comes down the hood attaches to the same zip at the yoke.
The yoke has a mesh lining and once open transports warm air from inside the jacket to inner hood.
A large back vent starts at the chest and then comes around to the back seamlessly creating as much venting as possible without restricting movement.
At the back neck a one handed closure system is designed for use while wearing gloves.
Assymetric front neck zipper poppers onto the chest allowing as much air to escape from the jacket as possible.
When looking for a name we wanted something to describe the worst weather possible in terms of driving rain and changing humidity so we decided on the name the Sh*t day.
We didn't want o be overly rude so we settled for the Shidday instead and it stuck !!
ADOLYGIAD = REVIEW
POISONING PARADISE 2016
Trying to keep up to date with conservation articles and documentaries nowadays can be difficult.
The constant news feed of sometimes hard to watch material combined with with levels of abstract destruction is at times overwhelming and hard to grasp.
For a large majority of us there continues to be a place where you imagine to be untouched by ignorance and destruction, for surfers Kauai is one of those places.
Kauai, which has been described as the greenest of all the Hawaiian islands, is covered by tropical rainforests and mountain ranges that stretch across 97 percent of its land. Spanning 17 miles along its northern shores are the emerald-hued cliffs of the Napali Coast and the island is also home to the largest gorge in the Pacific, named Waimea Canyon, located on its western side.
Known by many, Kauai is also the site of some extraordinary and hardcore surfing, existing only a short flight from the center of the surfing universe. It’s produced one of the greatest collectives of talent in surfing history – one that includes the late three-time world champion Andy Irons, brother Bruce, Sebastian Zietz, Danny Fuller, Reef McIntosh, Kala and Kamalei Alexander, and Keala Keneally among others. With a backdrop of some truly unique and breathtaking views, surfers will feel right at home amongst the waves.
Poisoning Paradise, a 2016 documentary produced by Pierce Brosnan, transports viewers to the island of Kauai, Hawaii where large sums of land have been transformed into experimental test sites for the development of chemical pesticides in recent years.
The film details the Native Hawaiians, a people who feel deeply connected to their land, as they battle political corruption, corporate bullying, and systematic concealment in their fight for sustainable farming practices.
Politicians in both Hawaii and Washington, in an attempt to expand an economy that was overly reliant on tourism, allowed the world’s largest biotech companies (Syngenta, DuPont, BASF, and Dow Agrosciences) to utilize the agreeable climate and fertile soil the native land provided. Since then, large amounts of restricted use pesticides have been sprayed across thousands of acres of indigenous homeland on the west side of the island in hopes of producing genetically engineered seeds and crops.
Interviews are conducted with local residents, scientists, and healthcare professionals who share the hardships put on the natives, an already disenfranchised group, and who expose the ecological dangers as a result of such exhaustive and unending pesticide use.
Once one of the most diverse environments in the world, Kauai is now described as “one of the most toxic agricultural environments in all of American agriculture,” by award-winning investigative journalist, Paul Kolberstein.
Stalker is a Russian science fiction drama directed by Andrei Tarkovsky most famous for his ground breaking epic Solaris which many consider the foundations for modern science fiction.
Partially based on the 1972 novel Roadside picnic the film is based almost entirely around its three main figures in lengthy single shot scenes with dramatic philosophical discussions between the men against a devastated post-industrial background.
When you are considering breaking down the film stalker you step into uneven and continually debated area that serves to extend the themes of one the most simultaneously effecting and confounding films ever made.
The ‘Stalker’ (Alexander Kaidanovsky) is an illegal professional guide in an unnamed place that takes his two patrons to a restricted area known only as the Zone.
Stalkers clients are a highly successful and chronically cynical/melancholic writer in search of inspiration (Anatoly Solonitsyn) and an equally prestigious but proud and anxious scientist (Nikolai Grinko) who is hungry for a scientific discovery or so it seems.
Within the ‘Zone’ there is rumoured to exist a room that answers one’s deepest desires and presumed philosophical and psychological salvation.
Roughly half of the film is shot in sepia tone which gives the direct impression of some kind of transcendence against the backdrop of the Estonian industrial scenery where the film was shot.
The long philosophical conversations between the three men that take place between each supposedly critical stage of their journey act to portray three distinct human characteristics that make up key elements of the human condition.
The guide with a thinly veiled desire to please and find acceptance by providing salvation to his clients, the writer with his world weary and untrusting disposition and the scientist with an ever-present anxiety hiding secret intentions.
Stalker is well known for is actually tragically killing some of its crew including most famously its director Tarkovsky.
Long scenes that were shot twice due to damage to film were set in highly toxic industrial locations, Sound designer Vladimir Shaun quoted.
"We were shooting near Tallinn in the area around the small river Jägala with a half-functioning hydroelectric station. Up the river was a chemical plant and it poured out poisonous liquids downstream. There is even this shot in Stalker: snow falling in the summer and white foam floating down the river. In fact, it was some horrible poison. Many women in our crew got allergic reactions on their faces. Tarkovsky died from cancer of the right bronchial tube. And Tolya Solonitsyn too. That it was all connected to the location shooting for Stalker became clear to me when Larisa Tarkovskaya died from the same illness in Paris."
It is clear Stalker has a deliberate ecological theme, since the Chernobyl meltdown of 1986 the film has created intense conversation drawn on the obvious comparisons.
However the film appears to concentrate first on the human acts of intense neurotic inward journey and removed disposition which in turn create destruction of man’s surroundings.
The Stalkers wife (Alisa Freindlich) appears only at the beginning and end of the film when the scene is set with the Stalker leaving for his mission.
The lack of Women in the film further enhance masculine themes of dominance and discovery at any cost.
In the opening scene Stalkers disabled daughter (presumably harmed from her toxic surroundings) sleeps in a bleak one room apartment with a double bed while his wife begs him not to leave.
Near the end of the film is a shot with Stalker reunited with his family outside the Zone with a nuclear power plant in the background.
Leaving the question to the audience, what is salvation ?
CADWRAETH = CONSERVATION
With numerous marine wildlife species on the brink of extinction, Sea Shepherd views themselves as the frontline of ocean defense and believes it is their inherent duty to protect the ocean and those species living in it. Operating within the boundaries of moral rightness and adhering to the guidelines defined by international and domestic law, Sea Shepherd goes where others will not or cannot go. They are a charity powered by thousands of passionate and courageous volunteers working on the decks of ten ships that operate all around the planet. Their mission is to expose, intercept, and oppose illegal operations that damage and destroy marine wildlife and habitats.
They have successfully stopped poachers and habitat destruction in Benin, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Italy, Liberia, Mexico, Namibia, and multiple other countries. They have also assisted in hundreds of arrests, the seizure of dozens of poaching vessels, and the confiscation of thousands of illegal nets. And, they’ve received multiple awards, including the Amazon Peace Prize from Ecuador and the Distinguished Service Medal from Liberia, to name a few. The people of Sea Shepherd guard diversity in the oceans and dedicate their lives to ensure that existing laws designed to protect the oceans are upheld to the highest standard.
Sea Shepherd UK strives to accomplish these goals through public education, investigation, documentation and, to help enforce
violations of international treaties, laws and conventions put in place to take care of the oceans. Their funding is secured mainly from individual donors, companies, trusts, legacies and occasionally via fund-raising events. They need your help! Visit https://www.seashepherd.org.uk/ to donate. Or, visit the link and attend one of the hundreds of events organized by the UK team each year in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Jersey. These events include scuba diving, water-sports, the celebration of veganism, vegetarianism, and environmentalism, as well as musical and artistic shows that are sure to speak most everybody’s interests!