Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Back to normal..........almost.

We met as usual this month, in Deryll's ,though the meeting was the wrong way around.Instead of beginning with 'Show and Tell' we did the business first .We had quite a lot to discuss with having just taken part in the Museum' Make Space' event,a proposal to write for an exhibition and sorting out details for the West Country Quilt and Textile show .It took a fair amount of time too, we were all ready for our lunch by the time we worked through it.We could then see what we had all been up to in the time since we last had 'Show and Tell'

           Despite the rather hot weather we have been experiencing over the last few months everyone had something to show.This is going to be a picture heavy posting for July! 

Carol has been adding to her 'BORO' piece she started at a Zoe Hillyard workshop.She says as she has added more pieces and stitched more it is taking on more of the traditional look.

She is great at documenting what she does in little sketch and workbooks, a habit we should all acquire.These pages show how transfer paints and crayons turn out.

A recent Quilters' Guild workshop run by Alice Fox inspired her to use 

some 'finds' collected on her recent Cornish holiday.

They are trapped between a cotton back and transparent front fabric .

And are enhanced with her very tiny and tidy stitches.

Debby attended the workshop and took a very different tack

using some 'found' staples 

and some natural seeds and twigs.She said the black stitching reminded her of sutures and she disliked them.......we preferred them to the green!

They were encouraged to use all sorts to stitch with even a plastic straw!
Some of the Quilters were a bit bemused as they like order and symmetry.

Debby was in her element as she likes to experiment .

Her daughter recently returned from Japan and brought back lots of goodies for her talented Mum to use. She had them in this bag, there were a brush pen,Japanese paper selection,washi tapes, wrapping cloths and more Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist associated with organising  'happenings' in the 1960s when naked participants were painted with brightly coloured polka dots!

This below,is some work produced in a workshop run by Elaine Cooper ,a papermaker who learnt her craft in Japan ,and spends half the year there.It didn't photograph very well as the paper is so fine.

Finally ,from Debby a hand stitch piece begun at the museum and finished later.

We love to look at the backs too.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Woman's Hour Craft Prize

Alongside the touring exhibition of the Woman's Hour Craft Prize, venues around the country are hosting events to allow creative groups access to public spaces. This is to encourage interest in creative pursuits of all kinds.

Bristol Museum is taking part and has a 'Make Space' area within a gallery in the museum.Groups were invited to put forward proposals as to how they might make use of such a space. GTA replied and we were lucky enough to be given a slot on Tuesday July 12 th, the day we would next be holding our meeting. We will be there from 10.30-4pm on that day. We will have work on display and will have work in progress as well as holding our usual meeting. If you are interested to see how we work as a group do pop along. It should be an interesting and unusual meeting.

A Grand Day Out.

Our meetings are taking a different format over the next couple of months.We are always looking for ways to reach out and inform people of what we do.Part of this is trying new venues and ways of engaging with the public.
Our June meeting took us to Somerton to view the gallery in their historic space,with a view to possibly applying to exhibit there.

While we visited they had an exhibition by various artists 'The  Transformed Land' on in the main upstairs gallery space.

Also upstairs at the other end was a very welcoming cafe.

As you can see we availed ourselves of the facilities.Downstairs there is a really very well stocked gift shop with some very tempting items.
Later we took ourselves off to have a bite to eat and a wander around the town .
Thanks to Sally for the photos .

Monday, 21 May 2018

More from our May meeting


Regrettably, our exhibition at Newark Park is not taking place.
The house is still drying out and it is not possible to estimate what repairs are needed and how long they will take.It is disappointing but completely out of our control.We expect to be given an alternative date somewhere in the future when the house is restored to normal.Meanwhile we look forward to The South West Quilt and Textile show 30th August -1st September 2018.

To continue last posting:

 Carol's children had each recently moved into new homes. Carol photographed the houses and made fabric and stitch copies of them for her diary.

Jane showed a beautiful portfolio of the work she did in City and Guilds on historic lace. Recently she had used her amazing computer skills to produce these printed samples, by isolating a single motif from the lace and trying out different colourways.

Debby had produced some small pictures  for teaching purposes, using water soluble techniques.

She had found an interesting frame for a small picture; there were mixed views about it in the group! 

 Sally brought along her catalogue from the Grayson Perry exhibition at the Museum.  She felt that reading it contributed greatly to her appreciation and understanding of the exhibition.

 Viv had been putting together some kits based on Miao embroidery; they will be on sale at the exhibition of Miao textiles which she and Sally Sparks are mounting at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show 31st August - 2nd September this year.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018


We have now been told that our exhibition at Newark Park will not take May -June.
The house is still drying out and it is not possible to estimate what repairs are needed and how long they will take.It is disappointing but completely out of our control.We expect to be given an alternative date somewhere in the future when the house is restored to normal.Meanwhile we look forward to The South West Quilt and Textile show 30th August -1st September 2018.

Kirsten is moving from felted birds and mice towards delightful hares like this little fellow!

She has been going to further art classes, and drew a section of her photo of reeds, water and reflections, using watercolour and pastel on extra fine wet and dry sandpaper with stunning results.


Ira brought along a piece she had found in a drawer, made some time ago, but showing her customary attention to fine detail.

Inspired by the gift of a very beautiful ceramic pot by a family member, she has started work on a piece layering the colours of the pot in sheers, and burning areas of it.

In addition, she has been studying and drawing Elizabethan chimneys with a view to a new project; we look forward to seeing what emerges!

Deryll had finished her landscape pieces intended for Newark Park, but we shall have to wait a while now to see these hung.
 Sue had been playing with small circles to obtain ideas for colour combinations; they are shown laid on a section of her husband's tweed jacket which she had washed. 

This beautiful pillow was made from a photograph taken on an evening walk with her daughter.

Sue had also been experimenting with her fabrics to create this piece.

Carol and Liz had attended an Embroiderers' Guild workshop with Zoe Hillyard on Boro and had produced these interesting pieces. This one is Carol's, on a denim jeans leg

This one is Liz's, on a strip of African woven cloth

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Bling !

Debby had attended a workshop with The Quilters Guild run by Angie Hughes.This piece ,above uses some of the foils and stitch
A starter piece to familiarise herself with the technique before she really got going.

Angie often uses Hundertwasser and Klimt in her own work as inspiration.It was  Klimt that was the focus for this workshop on foiling.Debby used the above piece to inspire her and you can clearly see the link in the piece below.

They worked on black cotton velvet ,which Debby said gave a surprisingly good base to stitch into.They used bondaweb and foiled sweet papers to add the Bling,along with metallic threads,

as well as glue dots,Kim Thittichai used to supply these.Masks were used to protect some areas while the foiling was applied, using a small travel iron.

Debby went on to create another piece ,inspired by this encyclopaedia page reference for a spotted jewel fish, isn't he just fabulous.This technique has lots of mileage and we're sure we'll see more in this vein from Debby.

In other work she had continued with her mermaid adding in borders of two blues and lots of stitch.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Hidden treasures.

Ira had resolved, rather well we thought, what to do with her clock piece based on the rather handsome one at Newark Park.It's a shame that it won't be seen there ,probably for this year.We hadn't been informed that the exhibition would not go ahead at this stage.She had also used two other pieces to create some smaller framed works.

She had been doing some dressmaking for her youngest daughter and while looking out a pattern had come across a hidden box.

It contained these treasures of shells and limpets all stitched by Ira.

Along with these jewelled box forms 

and this based on razor shells .Allowed to hang and twist in the air

decorated with hand made beads .

For her next pieces Ira wants to pursue an historical theme.

Her recent workbox article detailed her love of arches ,doors and windows.and if you recall she brought some pieces along a few meetings back.

These pieces are the basis for her ideas and will be worked into to create pieces with a rich historical bias.