Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jan 2019

I was delighted to meet our speaker, Melanie Kay, last year at Harrogate. She was there as one of the EG graduates [congratualations] In conversation , I found that she completed her degree at Bolton Uni  and still lives in Manchester. I asked if she would like to speak at Bolton but Carole had got there first and she was already booked.
So walking in last night , it was lovely to meet her again. I was  glad I was there as there was a technical problem and I was able to utilise the old laptop that I had donated to Bolton years before. As well had a wonderful, display and great slides. Please visit Melanies site for better photos than mine and you will see the quotation below that explains her work.

I am a Manchester based Embroidery Artist that has a strong desire for my artistic work to be meaningful, purposeful and to act as a visual language. I like to experiment with a variety of canvases, which link to the subject matter to form narrative. Imagery, text and colour are used metaphorically to encourage thought, raise questions and provoke speculations.

As you can see, Melanie has concentrated on using a cariety of metals in her very innovative work. Some was passed around and we were fascinated to see how she deconstructed, embroidered on and then reconstructed a beer can!!! You would need to hear her amaxing explanations to really apprecaie her work. Recommended....

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      January 2019

Helen, the caretaker at Horwich Community Centre will be retiring at the end of the month so we will be  having a collection for her tonight.  The Town Council are co-ordinating contributions from all the organisations which use the centre and there will be a presentation on 31 Jan.
Jacob’s Feast is this Saturday at Bank Top Chapel, doors open 10.30am.
Our next workshop is on March 23 with Liz Cooksey, who came to our May 2017 meeting.  We have to cover the costs of this workshop so the fee will be £28, plus a small charge for materials payable on the day.  It is limited to 12 people – a deposit tonight will secure a place, full payment in Feb.
Following on from the Capability Brown and 100 hearts projects, the Guild’s project for 2019 is HOME -what does it mean to you?  Details of how to take part are on the noticeboard and the EG website.  Last date for Registration is 28 February.
Please listen out tonight for details of an auction we are planning!!
The national members’ challenge for 2018/19 is “Life’s Rich Pattern”.  Details are on the member’s section of the Guild website, you will need to log in.
The subject for the Rosebowl competition for NW region next year is “Twist it, Turn it”.  There will be a joint regional day/AGM for 2019 on 28 September at the Crofters Hotel in Garstang.

Sorrell Kerrison has a display at Bolton Art Gallery consisting of intricate hand embroidered portraits of four of the museum’s founders, together with a short film.  Until 24 February 2019.  Also from 24 Jan -23 Feb, there will be an exhibition showcasing the work of staff and students from the BA(Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton, inspired by Bolton’s textile heritage.

Alice Kettle has an exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester until 24 Feb 2019. ‘Thread
Bearing Witness’ contains large textile works that consider the subject of migration and how individuals, groups and communities respond to it.   Also at the Whitworth – an exhibition of textiles from the Islamic world “Four Corners of One Cloth”.

The Creative Craft show is at Event City in Manchester, 31 Jan – 2 Feb.  Among the demonstrators
will be Bex Raven who will be coming to our June meeting to talk about the art of Wabi Sabi.

Preston EG have an exhibition, “Shorelines and Seascsapes”  22,23 and 24 February at the Green Room, Barton Grange Garden Centre, near Garstang.

Ann’s stock of cards is running low.  If you have any hand-made cards you can spare, please give
them to Ann.    If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh. 

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We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild
and our activities.

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