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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stop press – workshop Sat 11th Nov

just received from AVEG:

 a message from Ulrike at the Oxford branch EG.  If you’re free on Saturday, this workshop with Anne Kelly will undoubtedly be a special one!  Have a look at Anne’s website if you need a reminder of her wonderful work http://www.annekellytextiles.com/  – all very tempting. 
If you’re interested, please contact Ulrike directly.  If you go, you’ll have a fabulous time I’m sure.
Sue

Dear Sue

We still have a few spaces available for a workshop with Anne Kelly this Saturday 11th November. I know it is short notice but I wonder whether you could let your members know.

The workshop with be held at the Marsh Baldon Village Hall, just

south of Oxford, OX44 9LL, and runs from 10am until 4pm. Refreshments will be available but please bring a packed lunch.

The price for non-members of our branch is £32.

Ulrike

 

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This Week – 5th to 11th November

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Branch News

I thought it would be nice to add some appropriate illustrations this week – both pieces by members, stitched for our Ruby Anniversary Norah Jones Trophy – more of these in our Flickr collection.

Remember, remember…….. to vote for your preferred branch logo choice: logo choices – let Sue know your preference by Friday 10th November

 

Exhibitions

Environment Essex – until 9th November

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

 

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.

Connie Flynn has a felting workshop on 11th November at Parndon Mill

 

 

 

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