We had a terrific turnout on 11th January for our first meeting of the year. The mild sunny weather was very unusual as we have often had to cancel January meetings due to ice and snow. In the morning after normal Guild business we spent a leisurely hour or so stitching our First World War pieces for our branch contribution to the 1914 exhibition at The Museum of Lincolnshire Life or working on this year's branch challenge a postcard sized piece of an impressionist painting, which will be joined together at the end of the year in July.
In the afternoon we enjoyed a wonderful talk Reflections - Figures, Faces and Fabrics by Jo Beattie about her life and textile work. She was very interesting and generous with sharing her techniques, influences and experiences. She talked about the influences of artists on her work, particularly Vuillard and his highly patterned figures in interiors and Henri Matisse again for his use of colour and pattern. Jo also is influenced by Kathe Kollwitz and David Hockney when it comes to drawing figures in stitch. Jo works on unusual sheer materials, often come across by accident, metal, perspex and various finds from the garden centre as will as polyester sheer fabrics. A very enjoyable day.