Programme and Workshops 2015-2016

Thursday 10th September Sheena Norquay - Seasonal Inspirations
In this talk Sheena will take you through the 4 seasons and show you images of flowers, leaves, birds and various landscapes and seascapes in the Highlands and in Orkney which have inspired her work.

Saturday 10th October Annual General Meeting 
Suella Postles, Chris Watkins, Maggie Ready - Drawn2stitch at Belvoir. The story behind a recent exhibition which presented a collection of work inspired by Belvoir Castle and its history.

Thursday 12th November Gillian Travis - Journeys in Stitch In this talk Gillian lead you around Europe and even further afield, illustrated with her vibrant and evocative photographs. Many of these places are familiar with students who travel.  When travelling she continues her research into ethnic embroidery, she photographs and sketches to produce a lively travel journal. 

Saturday 12th December Empress Mills - The Evolution of Thread 

Thursday 14th January Sew to supper.
An evening of stitching and chat with supper prepared by the committee

Saturday 13th February Hilary Bower - Silence and Space 
Hilary’s textiles reflect her personal journeys and travels, both physical and emotional; her associations with people and interest in craftsmanship and hand skills. Her work has increasingly focussed on the incidental, ordinary and seemingly insignificant and recent works look in greater depth at these elements through the exploration of materials, scale and the process of making. 

Thursday 10th March Jonathan Korejko - Paper Talks 
 Paper is a living, exciting, contemporary artform, and it has an important story to tell.This presentation illustrates many fascinating aspects of papermaking with colourful slides, music, videos, and sounds. It includes the history of papermaking, recycling, the science of fibres, hand and industrial papermaking, papermaking in an educational setting, and contemporary artists working with paper.  The talk is custom built to fit into the personal interests of each audience group. For example, papermaking and its relationship to textiles, both past and present, is highlighted for groups which work in embroidery, spinning, weaving, and quilting. 

Saturday 9th April Sue Stone - Inspiration for Stitch 
An in depth look at Sue's inspiration which includes a short introduction to herself and her work ,the visual artists who inform her work, the family album, her travels, how she combines her ideas and a look at her most recent work. 

Thursday 12th May Katie Chaplin - Mottainai 
Mottainai expresses the Japanese feeling of regret for wasting something. It is especially relevant to textiles, as threads and fabrics were often prohibitively expensive for ordinary people in the past. For hundreds of years, ordinary Japanese people reused and recycled textiles over and over again to squeeze the maximum use from each piece. In this talk I explain more about mottainai, and will bring examples of antique textiles for you to handle. There will also be a demonstration of furoshiki gift wrapping and sakiori weaving using vintage kimono silks.

Saturday 11th June Andrew Wynne - Batik
Andrew will talk about Batik and it’s ancient traditions and multi cultural aspects, as well as his own evolution as a practising artist. 
He will demonstrate various methods of wax resist and dye applications on papers and fabrics and will have a selection of work to show and sales of tools, waxes and dyes. 

Thursday 14th July Joy Norman - Papermaking and beyond 
Delicate and intricate mixed-media work. Combining the diverse qualities of paper pulp with textile fragments, organic items and found objects, Joy creates intriguing framed works, wallhangings, sculptural shapes and vessels.