For our first meeting of 2015 Helen Thomas’ talk was entitled “Papers are textiles too”. She studied art and sewing at school and quilting and patchwork in her spare time but in retirement she enrolled on a drawing class and then a two year part time Foundation Course at the Bristol School of Art.
One project on the course involved making a dress from paper where she had to fold and pleat paper to create the structure. Another was inspired by a visit to Bristol Zoo where she used paper folding and mark marking to record her dislike for the encaged animals she had seen.
Playing with paper and creating books of varying shapes, structures and sizes has played an important part in Helen’s work. For another project she used an art gallery’s exhibitions brochures for one year and folded them into a long caterpillar like book with coptic binding which was then coiled round into a hand-made box.
Eco printing was another technique which Helen has explored creating a sandwich of paper, leaves and tissue which is then tied up and steamed. Coins or screws can be added to make the result even more interesting.
The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday 2 February when Susi Bancroft’s talk will be entitled “Brunel Broderers”. The doors will open at 13.30 and the meeting will start at 14.00. All are welcome and if you require further details please contact 01249 750865 or visit our website: http://www.marlboroughembroiderers.org
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On the first Monday in December we all enjoyed our annual “bring & share” Christmas lunch. Each member was given a complimentary raffle ticket - we had a wonderful selection of prizes.
After lunch Paul Robins, who specialises in creating special effects for films and TV, entertained the group with stories and showed us various puppets and models he had made. At the age of 7 Paul had been enthralled by Jason & the Argonauts and from that age he was fascinated by how things are made. He prefers to do his research using books rather than the internet and he has a long list of suppliers. He showed us a talking dog, a parrot on a stick and one of Harry Potter’s wands. Paul ended his talk by explaining that only 5 puppeteers in the world are allowed to use Kermit the Frog and he is one of them. Unfortunately, due to copyright, we were not allowed to take any photographs to record the day.
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