Thursday, October 28, 2010

Inspirations from the Spirals at New Grange

On Monday night we enjoyed a very interesting talk from Anne Rogers.  Anne told us about how a line drawing, that looked like stitched spirals, on the front over of a book of notes about the poems of Seamus Heaney led her to develop a series of sketches on spirals. During a trip to Ireland she came across a book about Brú na Bóinne, the World heritage site, at New Grange, where the Megalithic Passage Tomb can be seen.  This book had the same spirals on it as on the front of the book of notes on the poems.

Anne’s interest in seeing the real spirals took her on journey to the site where she was able to see them first hand, to draw them and photograph them. On her journey back from the trip she hardly lifted her head from her spiral drawings.

This inspiration led to a sketchbook packed with drawings, paintings and sampled methods of creating spirals. It also led to a huge body of work. Most of the work was sold at exhibition but we were lucky enough to be able to see the few remaining pieces.  They are, I am sure you will agree, really lovely pieces of work.

Most of you will be familiar with Anne’s talks on the ‘Bags of of Shakespeare’s Heroines’ and ‘The Pilgrim Way’.  I can definitely recommend this talk too, you won’t be disappointed.  Anne uses imagery from the literature as her usual source of inspiration, as opposed to images in her surroundings. In this work she has combined both.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Branch –AGM- 2010

At our Branch AGM on October 11th the subject of our Trudi Goodenough Competition was ‘Button Brooches’.

We have a really good selection on display.


The winning entry, chosen by the members, was this one by Marion Miller who deservedly won a voucher to spend at the ‘Victorian Arts and Crafts’ shop in Poulton-le-Fylde.

Well done to Marion and a big thank you from me to all contributed with their lovely brooches.





Branch Programme 2010 - 2011

Oct 11th AGM & Trudie Goodenough Competition
Button Brooches

Oct 25th Talk ‘Inspirations from the Spirals at New Grange’
Anne Rogers

Nov 8th Postcards/Entries – Regional Day
Jointly with Lytham St Annes

Nov 29th Postcards/Entries – Regional Day
ditto above

Dec 4th Day School ‘Darning’
Patricia Barrett

Dec 13th Christmas Party

Jan 10th Committee meeting

Jan 31st Talk ‘Boxes - how to make them’
Marge Quinn

Feb 5th Saturday Workshop - Machine embroidered brooches
Ann Christy

Feb 14th Bring you own work/ Tryout Session

Feb 28th Talk ‘Working in Blackpool & Other Things’
Becky Waite

Mar 14th Bring you own work/ Tryout Session
Canvas Stitches

Mar 28th Talk ‘Using Photos as a Design Source’
Barbara Howell

Apr 2nd National AGM Dundee

Apr 2nd Saturday Workshop / Open Day

Apr 11th Bring you own work/ Tryout Session
Fabric Paper

Apr 16th Regional Day -King Edward Queen Mary School
Blackpool and Lytham St Annes Branches

Apr 25th Easter Monday

May 9th Talk ‘Making it Big’
Sue Lancaster

May 30th May Bank Holiday

Jun 11th Saturday Workshop - 3D Images
Linda Westerman

Jun 13th Bring you own work/ Tryout Session
Insertion Stitches

Jun 27th Talk ‘Persian Delights’
Hilary Nagashi

Jul 11th Strawberry Tea – Show and Tell
‘Look what I have made’ Bring & Buy Sale

Jul 16th -19th Regional Summer School Alston Hall

Jul 25th Talk ‘Inspiration for Embroidery’
Norma Hopkins

August No Meetings

Sept 12th Branch AGM

Sept 26th Talk ‘It just needs something….. ‘
Bring that nearly finished UFO and find the perfect
something from Prospects.
Sylvia Davis