Last term our Young Embroiderers got creative and working to their individual abilities made shoulder bags from denim jeans. Besides recycling this covered many facets of design and selection; the techniques included creating their unique applique motifs, applying & hand stitching their design, machine stitching their bag and liner to create this draw string bag. These two bags illustrated drew from the night sky for their inspiration.
We took part in another successful exhibition staged by Horsham Artists Open Studios this October. A varied display showcasing the talents and styles of the members drew positive comments. Programmes and leaflets were given out and we hope to welcome some new members to our meetings.
Led by Marji our YE group had worked on the SE Regions competition theme of Bugs in a Jar. The girls created bug life that included tadpoles, chrysalis, slugs, exotic caterpillars, stick insects, spiders both fearsome & friendly to flamboyant butterflies and beetles some of which were managing to escape from the jar .
We are delighted that the groups efforts were recognised and awarded joint first prize at the area day.
Our co-winner was Emilia whose work is outstanding and sets a very high standard. We look forward to seeing more of her talent in the future.
Braving the unreliable summer weather six of us met at the Sussex Prairie Gardens on 27th July. The 8 acres of gardens are planted in bold swathes of colour & texture and amongst the planting can be found a variety of interesting sculptures. A crocodile and giraffe were seen but not captured on camera. Further inspiration was also found from the resident textile and mixed media artists Emma Taylor and Amanda Duke. Their work prompted discussion of the workshop sessions we have organised this past year.
The garden is currently exhibiting the longest strip of decorated denim which was draped along the fences, wrapped around a shed and entwined around a tree. Over 1 km long the decorated panels explain the ugly facts about the process of denim production.
Our November meeting was an enjoyable afternoon with Anne Hellyer explaining how her city-scape art techniques have evolved. Anne was generous with her knowledge and imparted various ideas that we could explore. Several ladies purchased the assembled packs of painted fabric and we wait to see their efforts.
We look forward to meeting Anne again later in the year when she will be leading our Autumn workshop day on 17 November 2018. Be sure to sign up at our regular meetings.