Reported by Kath
Photos Vernice & Kath
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
Tiggy Rawling’s talk this month was entitled “Travels & Textiles" and she explained her favourite destination was India. Tiggy was introduced to the country by a teacher at primary school and as a young girl was thrilled to see ladies in saris in the east end of London. Living in Dorset she followed a patchwork & quilting course and was fortunate to be taught by Anne Morrell at Hampton Court. Anne is now the curator of the Calico Museum in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Tiggy delighted us all with a very colourful presentation showing us photos and examples of block and screen printing from Rajasthan and wonderful samples of embroidery and printing from Gujarat where the minority tribes all have their own particular techniques.
Tiggy finished her talk by showing us examples of her own work. She told us she likes to produce a summer and a winter quilt and during the summer months, when she is not visiting India, she holds workshops on dyeing and stitch at home in Dorset.
We enjoy your talk, Tiggy and the opportunity to buy delicious threads, materials, printing blocks and sequins was a great treat!
The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday 2 June when we will be holding a Branch Open Day. The speaker will be Jae Maries and her talk will be entitled “Jae’s Journey & Development”. Doors open at 13.30 - all are welcome and if you require further details please contact 01249 750865 or visit our website: http://www.marlboroughembroiderers.org
Reported by Ros
During the Easter holidays, our Young Embroiderers had a busy workshop. Here is evidence of their work.
The four bookmarks based on plastic canvas were made and completed by girls between the ages of 6-8 and this was only their second session with YE so they did very well.
The amulets were made by the older girls (10 - 14 years). They found this project which was based on interlock canvas quite a challenge and most did not finish although they took the necessary materials home to finish the pieces later. They followed instructions regarding stitching and shaping but chose their own colours which look wonderful.
The finished piece with a strap worked in canvas has a silk backing stitched onto the whole piece and then the strap can be folded over to make a loop so the amulet can be hung from a cord and worn. (Being teenagers they will probably come up with some way of using them which we had not considered !) A couple of the girls decided to stitch their squares onto their pencil cases and not make the straps.
For our April meeting we changed our usual format and the Committee kindly organised a delicious Ploughman’s lunch for members to enjoy. The aim of the day was to have the opportunity to chat, watch demonstrations and to see what others had been up to.
There was a lot of interest in Maggie H’s newly formed Sketchbook groups and those who started last year had their work on display. A second group has just started and members were keen to see what people had been doing and ask questions. Below are sample pages from Vernice's, Yvonne's & Ros' sketchbooks.
The embroidery which has been hanging in the Doctors’ surgery in Marlborough has been returned to the Guild for us to carry out some conservation work.
Christine H demonstrated the new sewing machine which has recently been bought for the Young Embroiderers, Chris C demonstrated the group’s smocking machine and Ann K the overlocker. Judy J showed members her beading work and had some beautiful examples on display.
There was a “Show and Tell” table and Chris C’s Design to Stitch group displayed their recent work. In addition members had bought in their “work in progress” and it was soon obvious what a very diverse and talented Guild we are.
The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday 12 May at 14.00 hours when the speaker will be Tiggy Rawlings and her talk will be entitled “Travels & Textiles”. Doors open at 13.30 - all are welcome and if you require further details please contact 01249 750865 or visit our website: http://www.marlboroughembroiderers.org
Ros - April 2014
This month the Design to Stitch group were experimenting with various machine quilting techniques. This involved holding down cords and ribbons which were then cut and tied. Machining wadded fabric in place with satin stitch blocks and simple outlines. The results were as always amazingly individual, every one producing colourful samplers, which will be a useful reference for future finished pieces. How ever fast we work we always run out of time, a day isn't long enough!
As the tutor I am always thrilled with the end results.
Report by Chris C
Photos by Ann K
Thank you both. Ros
Fifteen of us gathered at the hall for Wendy’s “Architectural Textures” workshop and despite the unexpected March sunshine we were all happy to be inside drawing and stitching.
Wendy is an enthusiastic and encouraging tutor and she was more than happy to help those of us with little experience of free machine embroidery. She was well prepared with lots of samples and pieces showing the different stages of her techniques. Her instructions and demonstrations were clear and informative with many of those “handy little tips” which make things so much easier when you are back at home trying to finish the piece on your own and read your scribbled notes.
At the start of the workshop, Wendy announced that if anyone wanted to do something a bit different and go off at a tangent, she was quite happy with that. Clare took her at her word and as she had brought her paints, proceeded to “do her own thing” with the image of a terraced house. The images used by members as their inspirations were varied and ranged from church windows, doors, arches, gates, medieval buildings and two very recognizable images: Devizes Market Place fountain and the Chrysler Building!!
Seeing all the individual pieces at the end of the day was interesting and as always fascinating to see how everyone’s interpretation of the technique is so different.
It was good to welcome new member Joy Ash to her first workshop and also Lynda Harrison, the Chairman of Salisbury Branch, who came to see how Marlborough do things.
All in all a very enjoyable day, where we all became so engrossed in our stitching that we forgot to keep an eye on the clock and this resulted in a frenetic packing up session.
Photos & report by Vernice Church - thank you Vernice!