At the end of November Helen Sill (one of our members) ran a fantastic workshop that got us all “thinking outside the box”. We were asked to bring a selection of fabrics, and an open mind! The fabrics should all be small and from our own collections – NOTHING PURCHASED ESPECIALLY FOR THE WORKSHOP!
We had a great day. Here are some of the “works in progress”. Thank you Helen.
Sarah gave us a really interesting talk about her journey into Textile felting. Coming from an agricultural family Sarah started her relationship with sheep at an early age, and soon had a variety of breeds under her care on her family farm. She won awards as a young sheep breeder. Sadly when her father became ill, he sold the farm and Sarah had to sell her beloved sheep herd.
Eventually Sarah came across the joy of felt making which linked with her previous life. She has experimented with many British breeds of sheep as she tries to use local wool in her work. She mainly works in neutral colours and her exhibition entitled Stone has been to several locations. Sarah undertook the Foundation Degree and Eastleigh College and in a recent post qualification exhibition at Romsey Abbey she has created 3D felt pieces.
We were so pleased that Helen Sill was awarded Artist in Residence to the prestigious Chichester Festival Theatre. Helen has made an art instillation in the Foyer of the theatre. Well done Helen!
How quickly this year has become Autumn, all of a sudden. This means that our AGM will take place, as usual, at our October meeting. Our group is a very successful one, a vibrant programme, active members and a very friendly atmosphere. This is mainly thanks to the committee, and this time we shall be saying thank you to Zoe, who has been responsible for organising our programme for many years, and to Ann who’s time as Chair has come to the end of it’s three year tenure.
In our section on Forthcoming Events you will find paperwork for renewing your membership, nomination forms for nominating committee members and the financial statement for 2017/18.
At the meeting we will be looking forward to seeing your Postcard for the competition. We hope that after the ideas we looked at at our July meeting with Liz and Zoe, you will have found time to make a contribution!
Apologies for no posts for June or July. Hopefully now back on track.
Margaret gave us a very interesting talk about Tapestry – Contemporary and Historical. She reminded us of works such as the Bayeaux Tapestry which are embroideries, not woven tapestry. Margaret has exhibited internationally as well as in the UK. Her work is very intricate and we could see from the pieces she brought for us to see, how contemporary weaving is very challenging, and exciting. It was a fascinating evening.
This popular project has now been running for two years, and nor only are members wanting to continue the monthly challenge, other members are joining in. We are very grateful to Helen for continuing to organise us all!
This month Caroline Bell told us about her unusual technique of printing and dyeing using natural dyes. It was a most fascinating talk, which included explaining about the local resource for her materials – Southampton Common.
Caroline brought lots of examples of her work and we were all amazed at the different colours she had achieved from leaves and bark. I am so disappointed I won’t be able to attend her workshop on Saturday 9th June as I’m on holiday, but there are some places left.