Liz and Ann are going to run an evening where we will be wrapping stones and decorating them with hand embroidery, beads, buttons etc.
Member are asked to bring their hand sewing kit, threads and any other things they may have to adorn their stone! Ann and Liz will be providing the stones, felt for wrapping and other small items that can be used in the decoration.
On a very cold evening, we were delighted that so many members had braved to weather to join us for the first meeting of 2019. We welcomed back and old friend, Lorna, who we first met as a member many years ago when she and her family had just moved to Hampshire from South Africa. Right from the start it was obvious that Lorna had a passion for hand embroidery, and especially portraying flowers. Her inspiration has always been gardens and she regaled us with her textile journey culmination with the gestation of her first book expected later this year.
Lorna with some of her amazing work.
She told us about how she had progressed to making her own designs and the challenge of getting them professionally printed. Accessing the wide range of threads and of the exhibitions and countries she has been invited to teach. It was incredible to hear of the different expectations of different cultures – in Russia she had huge classes – lasting 8 hours with hardly any break. All her instructions and conversations with the students had to be translated as she went along – no wonder it was such a tiring experience.
Teaching in USA is an ongoing expedition and Lorna is off there again this year. She was hopeful that at long last her book will be published. We heard of what a long and arduous commitment it had been with the publishers being very exacting with their requests for more and more pieces of her work to feature.
Lorna is going to be running a workshop for us in March – what an amazing opportunity to learn from her exquisite work!
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!