Report by Ros
Unfortunately this year we did not have sufficient people to organise a Guild coach to Ally Pally so several of us went by ourselves. Vernice and I went on Thursday and she has kindly shared some of her photos so the rest of you can have a taste of some of the amazing pieces on display. Click on the images for details.
Thank you Vernice!
Report by Ros
This was an art competition organised by Wiltshire Council Health & Social Care Department to promote breastfeeding in anti-natal clinics.
It was open to all age groups and in all art mediums. The eleven finalists had used water colour, pastel, photography, collage , crayon and machine embroidery.
I wanted to create a layered look using fine organza fabric and achieved the different tones of blue by cutting away one or two of the layers. The 'frame' was created by using vermicelli stitching and then a fine velvet ribbon as a straight line to contrast with the curves of the stitching and the image of the mother and baby. The canvas background was painted with acrylic paint in an abstract mottled effect so that the image did not appear too 'flat'.
The exhibition of the 11 finalists is to be shown in libraries around Wiltshire over the next few months. As soon as I know where these will be we will let you know.
Report by Lindsay
Kath did City & Guild courses and a HNC in Stitch Textiles and in 2006 self published a book entitled “Beautiful bowls and colourful creatures”. She told us about her visits to California, Australia and the well know Quilt Show at Houston. Kath talked to groups and organised workshops where she taught her bowl technique and her colourful insects. She kindly brought a selection of her work for members to enjoy.
Thank you Kath for sharing your travels.
The next meeting of the Guild will be held on Monday 3 November when the speaker will be Jenny Adin-Christie and her talk will be entitled “Preserving the Past/Creating the Future”.
Reported by Ros
I was not sure what to expect the following day for Jennie Rayment’s “Suduko with Texture" workshop. If we laughed as much as we did yesterday how would we ever be able to complete the project?
I must say the day was one of the best workshops I have attended. Jennie’s instructions were first class, she demonstrated each stage of the 9 square suduko twice so those wanting to rush ahead could do so whilst those who wanted to take more time were not left behind. Each square showed a different technique and Jennie told us the aim was to finish the project in the workshop and I think most of the group achieved this. I would like to add some embroidery and beads to my work but this can be done in due course. This workshop helped me considerably with my current module of City & Guilds as I had to learn about fabric manipulationand also research Jennie Rayment as a textile artist.
Everybody was focused all day with little time for chat but we ended the session with a super joke from Jennie which stills makes me giggle two days later.
Thank you Jennie for being so generous with your techniques and a fun workshop.
Report by Ros
This was the first time since I joined the Embroidery Guild when I spent most of the monthly talk in fits of laughter. The name, Jennie Rayment, was known to me but I did not realise that she was such a wit and raconteur. Jennie’s talk was entitled “Trials & Tribulations of the Travelling Nipper & Tucker” so I might have guessed we were in for fun. Jennie travels the world talking to groups, attending conferences and shows and giving workshops showing her fabric manipulation in the form of tucks, pleats & various textures a number of which are transformed into quilts. She has written a several books and has a regular slot on the Create & Craft TV channel.
Jennie told us hilarious stories about her travels whilst displaying really beautiful quilts which show her techniques. They included various incidents at airports, the challenge of buying a pair of tights in the USA and the time she caught her skirt in her hotel bedroom. The grand finale of the afternoon was Jennie transforming into a Bunny Girl serving a tray of drinks.
The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday 6 October when the Branch AGM will be followed by a Show & Tell and member Kath Danswan’s talk will be entitled “Travels with a Needle”. The doors will open at 13.30 and the meeting will start at 14.00.
Reported by Ros
We all had a lovely time getting messy. Isobel shared lots of techniques with us starting with PVA coloured with brusho and made into sheets which could then be used in a variety of ways. We also used moulding paste and many other products some of which were really surprising especially the embossed toilet paper. Isobel is always really generous with her own supplies and passes on her expertise. A really enjoyable workshop.
Reported by Kath
Photos Vernice & Kath
Our annual outing this year was to Art in Action at Waterperry House near Oxford.
It was my second visit and I must say I enjoyed it as much this time as last however it was a very warm day. At Art in Action there is something to interest everybody with work from a selection of the best artists, craftspeople and designers on display. Unfortunately most of the prices were beyond our reach but it was so exciting to browse and add things to our wish list.
There were 20 stands in the textile marquee and here is a selection of our favourites.
Sara Fordy – surface pattern using indigo. Lovely selection of shibori dyeing and several of us had this super sofa on our wish list.
Amanda Wright – lives in St David’s with her husband, David a ceramicist. They have their own gallery in Goats Street. Amanda uses coloured yarns on canvas with a bonded backing. Her themes are taken from the natural world focusing on the local environment and the bird life.
Carol Naylor – creates landscape designs on canvas using the machine. Some stitching is done on the top, some from the reverse using thicker threads in the bobbin.
Roanna Wells – takes photograph image (crowd formations) and using black thread and seed stitch, replicates the image on calico. In Roanna's current project she uses a photo of a crowd standing by hairpin bend. Good eye sight!
Harriett Riddle – I first saw Harriett at Alexander Place last year and immediately recognised her very distinctive work. She draws portraits using free machine embroidery on her machine. Recently she has visited India and exhibited several pieces of work done on the streets.
Below is a selection from other areas:
Image 1 - Tarek Abdelhay (Egypt), Tent maker from Cairo demonstrating needle-turn applique, used to decorate tents and screens for street parties, funerals in weddings.
Image 2 - Aleksander Simakov (Russia), Hand carved and painted traditional Russian wooden toys.
Image 3 - Apolonia Nowak (Poland) Traditional Paper Cutting Art.
Image 4 - Eve Maria Kelly (East Sussex), Needle felted, wool felt pictures.
Image 5 - David Wright (St David's) Ceramicist and Amanda's husband - see above
Image 6 - Market marquee - lovely jacket (only £500 - on my wish list!!)
Image 7 - Rosalind Wise - paints flowers and grasses where they grow naturally
For more details about other artists see the Art in Action website: http://www.artinaction.org.uk/
My grateful thanks to Vernice for sharing some of her photos
Reported by Ros
For our July meeting on Monday we had a very interesting talk by a member of our Guild, Robina Orchard.
Robina has an art back ground and has followed City & Guild courses. Living in the Andover area and more recently near Devizes she has created and organised community projects and she showed us examples of this and her own work.
Over a ten year period she created and helped stitch the Test Valley tapestry after which she was asked to make a cover for a stool showing the client’s house. Eventually this ended up as a 6’ x 4’ wall hanging and took 365 hours to embroider. While living in the same area she won a competition to create a tea towel which has sold all over the world. Community projects in Luggeshall, Weyhill and an alter frontal at Amport were also undertaken.
In 2006 Robina moved to the Devizes area and was asked to design and co-ordinate the creation of two alter frontals, kneelers and vestments for St Mary the Virgin in Potterne to commemorate their 750yr birthday. The design was taken from light shining through the stain glass windows. Robina was keen to involve the whole community and she read a poem which had been written by a partially sighted lady who was unable to assist with the embroidery. Thank you Robina for a most enjoyable talk.
There will be no Guild meeting in August, the next meeting will be on Monday 1 September when Jennie Rayment will give us a talk entitled “Trials & Tribulations of the Travelling ‘Nipper & Tucker’”.
Reported by Ros
The June meeting of the Guild was an open day when members’ recent work was on display and we welcomed ladies from nearby Guilds and several others who we hope may consider joining in the future. The talk was given by Jae Maries.
Jae opened by telling us that she has just stepped down as Chair of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and recently took an exhibition of their work to the Koyo Museum, Showa Women's University in Tokyo.
Jae followed a Fine Art Degree in Reading and her professor was a student of Sickert so there was a lot of life drawing but it lacked colour. She moved to the States and was introduced to needlepoint which she did not enjoy but she started using threads again so when she returned to the UK she enrolled on a Post Graduate diploma at Brighton Polytechnic. The course covered machine embroidery, printing and weaving and in time she became interested in mono printing, patching and piecing using machine and hand stitching.
Over the years Jae’s work has been influenced by her sketchbook ideas, her experiences, her travels and more recently, everyday life. She did a series while her husband was working in Rome and Bangkok, another with a homelessness theme and a series responding to her feelings when her father was suffering from dementia. She was commissioned to create a large hanging for a school in Swindon and, with Wendy Dolan, she created one for the Ashridge Management Development Centre in Hertfordshire.
Her latest work was influenced by the wet weather we experience last winter. This series was in 8 panels so it can be swapped around and packaged up easily for transportation. Thank you Jae for a most interesting talk.
Members' work on display.
The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday 7 July when the speaker will be Robina Orchard and her talk will be entitled “Lupins to Light”.
Report by Ros
We had a very useful and interesting over locker workshop with Ann on Tuesday 19 May. There were three of us to start but Chris C had to leave early so that left two of us which was good as we both had problems which took a lot of Ann's time and patience but we both felt it was a very worthwhile day.
Images taken on a previous occasion.
Report by Christine H