The next few weeks….. December 2018

profiterole tree

christmas tree shaped cake! it’s the best i can do at the moment

 

Now that the festive season is here (and I am struggling with my seasonal bug) the weekly updates will take a break. Other news will still appear so let me know if you hear of anything you want to share.

It would be lovely if branch members and other readers would drop in their seasonal greetings and anything else which comes to mind. You can post them yourselves if you have author permission, just use the contact tab to ask for it – or you can send it in and I will post on your behalf.

Exhibitions

May Morris – Art and Life – 7th October to January 2018

Woman’s Hour Craft Prize – to 5th February 2018

Balenciaga to February 2018

Embellishment in Fashion – until 1st March 2018

Sampled Lives – to April 2018, see also Personal View and this from the V&A

Workshops

Paula Watkins has some workshops coming up over the next few months.

Spaces are available on a few day classes at the Royal School of Needlework.

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This Week – 26th November to 2nd December

Branch News

I hardly need to say that the festive season is here again, but I have. In case you have not quite got in to the mood yet it’s our Christmas Meeting on Saturday 2nd December and I always feel it marks the proper beginning of the season for me. In the afternoon we will be welcoming Jenny Adin-Christie for a long awaited talk “Preserving the Past and Creating the Future”.

But that will be after we have had a mingle over some seasonal fun and a munch of our Pot Luck Buffet. This weeks’s Bulletin has reminders of what you need to bring.

Guild News

Your email Bulletin also contains information about the 100 Hearts War Stories project. I have also made the briefing and registration forms available here.

Exhibitions

Playdays – extended to end November

James Fox, Residency Exhibition – until 2nd December

May Morris – Art and Life – 7th October to January 2018

Woman’s Hour Craft Prize – to 5th February 2018

Balenciaga to February 2018

Embellishment in Fashion – until 1st March 2018

Sampled Lives – to April 2018, see also Personal View and this from the V&A

 

 

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This Week – 19th to 25th November

 

Exhibitions

Playdays – extended to end November

James Fox, Residency Exhibition – until 2nd December

May Morris – Art and Life – 7th October to January 2018

Woman’s Hour Craft Prize – to 5th February 2018

Balenciaga to February 2018

Embellishment in Fashion – until 1st March 2018

Sampled Lives – to April 2018, see also Personal View and this from the V&A

 

Workshops

Paula Watkins has some workshops coming up over the next few months.

Spaces are available on a few day classes at the Royal School of Needlework.

 

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This Week – 12th to 18th November

 

Other Branch’s News

Aylesbury Vale’s latest newsletter has arrived, with news of their next meeting on 18th Nov – November – December 2017 AVEG newsletter – it also mentions a meeting of the Chiltern Embroidery and Textile Group on Monday 13th November, with a talk “Liberty, The Man, The Shop……..” by Will Phillips from the Bucks County Museum (note to Prog.Sec , book him!)

 

 

Exhibitions

Within These Walls – until 19th November

Playdays – extended to end November

James Fox, Residency Exhibition – until 2nd December

May Morris – Art and Life – 7th October to January 2018

Woman’s Hour Craft Prize – to 5th February 2018

Balenciaga to February 2018

Embellishment in Fashion – until 1st March 2018

Sampled Lives – to April 2018, see also Personal View and this from the V&A

 

Workshops

Paula Watkins has some workshops coming up over the next few months.

Spaces are available on a few day classes at the Royal School of Needlework.

 

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A personal view – Sampled Lives

Yesterday I joined a group of our members on a, long awaited, visit to Cambridge for the Sampled Lives exhibition. The highlight of the trip was an in-gallery talk from the exhibition curator Carol Humphrey. Those who already take an interest in samplers will be aware of Carole’s work on the Ackworth Quaker schoolgirl’s samplers.

We all took time to view the exhibits before our talk. What looked at first to be a small collection seemed to grow as I looked more closely. I found it quite tiring due to the (necessarily) low lighting and position of the items, high and deep in their cabinets. Varifocals and display cases make focusing on stitched motifs and figures quite tricky – I quickly realised that one visit was not going to be enough as I could not take in as much as I would have hoped.

Fortunately the colours and condition of the works made them a real pleasure, as did the sharing of information between members while we explored. The displays were set out in themes exploring different aspects of samplers as social documents, illustrating accomplishment, identity, education and employment. These themes were made clearer during Carol’s talk as she pointed out features and details which revealed information about the social position of the stitchers, their possible motivation for making the samplers and some of the historical and political events which influenced their lives and stitching. This made me keen to learn more and view the samplers from a different perspective.

This talk was over far too quickly so I promptly bought the book. The quality of the illustrations allows leisurely and closer inspection of many of the exhibits. The text gives more detail and examples of how the samplers can be viewed as witnesses to the lives of the young women and girls who stitched them. I will return to the exhibition and view it with a more informed eye and mind next year. I am sure other members of the group will also be visiting again. The book should be available in the branch library soon.

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P.S. To get the most out of this exhibition I would recommend that you read some of the material on the Sampled Lives resource section of the Museum’s website , this is available to read in the gallery but it will save time if you read it beforehand, and there are good illustrations too

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