Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Cas Holmes Workshop

The day started with a challenge, before we even got there 'one small bag'!  The only one to achieve this was Cas, who demonstrated much to our embarrassment just what you can achieve from one small bag.

Despite this we had a great day learning the skills of keeping a journal and creating our own first pages with inspiration from the garden of Northfield Meeting House.


























Monday, 27 June 2016

Branch meeting June 13th

We had an interesting meeting hearing from Jude Lovatt about her own work and experience. Jude shared many examples of her designs and techniques and inspired us to get creative.





The raffle was turquoise and we had beautiful bags created by members and filled with lots of goodies in the matching colour scheme.  As always thanks to all for creating bags and providing the contents as well as buying the all important tickets!!



Saturday, 25 June 2016

Regional Day 2016



There were many cakes and biscuits for regional day, including this fabulous centre piece from Angela.


We had a super day hearing from Terry Murphy who spoke openly about the challenges facing the guild and shared stories of his time as CEO.  He was an engaging speaker and everyone enjoyed listening to a snap shot of life in HO.

The Lunch break was a great opportunity to mix and chat with friends old and new, shop, look at the work on display from members throughout the region and vote in the members choice competition.  It also gave Cas Holmes a chance to select competition winners and we were delighted to have two branch members walking of with prizes - Meriel with her collage and Marion Brown and her delightful stump work bird, I hope they will bring them along to the July meeting for those who didn't get chance to go on the day to have a look.

After lunch we all enjoyed a fascinating talk from our guest speaker Cas Holmes who shared with us many interesting snippets of her career and her work and her true respect for the environment and how she, whenever she can, uses, reuses and makes the most of all she can find in her local environment.  Those of us were lucky enough to attend Cas's workshop the following day became even more aware this being encouraged to use what is around us as we develop our journals.

There will be lots more photographs to share from our 'official' photographer, these are just a few to wet your appetite.



Setting up



Thanks to all who contributed in many ways to a fabulous day, whether you made a cake, shifted tables and chairs, hung banners, sold from book stalls, raffle tickets or other merchandise, wore a sash and helped make all of our guests feel welcome or one of the many other taks and chores.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Cas Holmes workshop requirements list

Workshop:The Sketchbook Workshop.                  Cas Holmes
Take the fear out of creating a sketchbook or journal. Explore creative ways of developing ideas through mixed media including dyeing and staining pages, drawing with found objects, stitching and layering to open up the thought processes to the creation of your own work. 
What students will achieve: 
You will have started a sketchbook or journal and explored ways to develop your own ideas, coloured pages reflecting your own journey and interest. This collage approach is a means for students to achieve great confidence in composition, colour, design and their own drawing and mark making skills in an imaginative way.

Student preparation:
Select images, photocopies and details of old work, textures of interest to work with. This could be on any theme, nature, the world around us, family something which makes you tick.

Plan for the course:
Painting sketchbook pages/lining paper as a starting point for creative collage
Cutting and preparing collage paper, mark making.
Making a narrative, drawing a line and adding collage to your pages.
Discussion;further developments. Why keep a sketchbook. Its use as a personal record and for development.

Students need to bring to the workshop.
Materials
*An A5 or small spiral bound sketchbook landscape (when open should be no large than a sheet of photocopy/inkjet paper. Please have about 110-140 gsm paper weight, lighter paper not good enough quality. (you may use existing sketchbooks if you have them whatever the scale)
small quantity of  p.v.a. glue or pritt stick. Craft knife, cutting board, scissors

*You can use Pelmet Vilene/card/canvas or other found materials for a cover and lining paper (heavy duty wallpaper for pages or good quality cartidge paper  and make and start an improvised sketchbook on the day if preferred)

Dry and wet colouring materials (wax crayons/pencils/pens/watercolour/acrylic paints, Koh I Noor inks...whatever you have) 

Additional materials for collage: Papers: tissue include white tissue, and a selction from the following: patterned wrapping paper, magazines, oriental specialist papers, hand made-paper etc. extra white paper, photocopy paper fine. A small amount of lightweight coloured fabric scraps selection of photocopied images reflecting your subject (some will be cut up).Needle and some threads.


Notebook/camera (optional)  Aprons and plastic gloves








Saturday, 11 June 2016

June Meeting Monday - 13th please pay with coins if possible


We are looking forward to Mondays meeting when our speaker is Jude Lovatt from Wolverhampton branch the talk is titled What if...What next so that sounds intriguing.

Regional Day

There will be lots of talk of Regional Day, if you haven't already make sure you get your ticket tonight, and if you can do sign up for the rota (save £2 on the ticket price).

We do need to beg steal or borrow a few items so if you have any display stands/plate stands suitable to show competition pieces in a table top display please can we borrow them, do put your name on to make sure you get them back.  Please bring them along to the meeting on Monday 13 June.

 The hanging completed by the Washwood Heath Pakistani Womens' Group Project will be on display.  It's big - if any one has a quilt hanging stand that will take a large double to kings size or a photographic back drop can you have a work with Anne at the meeting.

Those of you have promised cakes - thank you, if you are not able to come on the day please contact a committee member to make arrangements.  If you do want containers/plates back please make sure you put your name on them - otherwise they are likely to end up on the sales table!

We do have lots of good quality 2nd hand books for the stall but more are always welcome. Please bring them along on the day.

We are still collecting coins for the float on the big day so if possible  please pay with coins on the door and for the raffle.

Travelling Books

Please bring all books to the meeting even if you have unfinished pieces If the person you are due to pass them to is not there please hand them to a committee member, If you can't make July please make arrangements to pass your book back by another member of your group or anyone you know who will be at the meeting, if you are unable to do this please speak to a committee member.

Capability Brown

We are hoping to get more members to take part so if you are feeling inspired please see Clare.  If you have a finished or part finished piece that may encourage others to join in do bring them along to the meeting.  Leamington's work is now on display at Charlecote so why not treat yourself to a day out to look and be inspired.

Raffle


The raffle colour is Turquoise and we are sure to have exciting bags created by members so do bring along a small contribution if you can.

If you're new to the Guild, visitors are welcome, and the first session is free, with a charge of £4 thereafter. Please see here for details of where we meet. See you there!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Regional Day update and can you help...


It's not long now to June 18th and we are nearly there.

We do need to beg steal or borrow a few items so if you have any display stands/plate stands suitable to show competition pieces in a table top display please can we borrow them, do put your name on to make sure you get them back.  Please bring them along to the meeting on Monday 13 June.

 The hanging completed by the Washwood Heath Pakistani Womens' Group Project will be on display.  It's big - if any one has a quilt hanging stand that will take a large double to kings size or a photographic back drop can you have a work with Anne at the meeting.

Those of you have promised cakes - thank you, if you are not able to come on the day please contact a committee member to make arrangements.  If you do want containers/plates back please make sure you put your name on them - otherwise they are likely to end up on the sales table!

We do have lots of good quality 2nd hand books for the stall but more are always welcome. Please bring them along on the day.


Volunteers are still needed for the rota, please sign up with Clare and save £2 on the price.If you haven't already do make sure you get your ticket on Monday at the branch meeting.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Library Saturday June 4th

It's library time again and we  are in our normal spot on the Mezzanine floor above the library cafe from 11 am until about 2 pm (don't forget the library does not open until 11 am although the cafe is open downstairs from 9am).  Everyone is welcome to join us to bring any stitching projects you are working on whether you need a bit of help or encouragement or just want to join in the social event and carry on with your project. We will have felt, binca and other activities for both adults and children.