Sunday, 29 September 2013


Kate Bufton  will be our speaker this month with a talk entitled –
'Book Transformations - Get into the Mind of a Book Artist'

She will speak about her life as a book artist; where her ideas come from and her inspiration. Where she started & where she is now, with her creative journey in between.

By altering the  original form of books through various cuts and folds they are transformed from a carrier of text to an object of Art.



Thursday, 19 September 2013

Saturday 14th September–AGM

The meeting started with the AGM – reports from the Chairman and Accounts and the voting in of new committee members.

The retiring Joint Chairman – Anne Baldwin and Sue Tyldesley (who unfortunately could not be present) were thanked for their 3 years service to the Branch and presented with Gift Tokens in appreciation for all their hard work  – including the Outreach programme when we visited local Libraries, which gained us some new members and the very exciting and successful exhibition held in June this year.

New committee would be as follows -
Joint Chair – Carole Sams and Kay Kellaway.
Secretary – Marguerite McBride
plus 2 new members – Nicky Robertson and Deborah McLarnon-Riches.
All other posts would remain as before.

3 members of the Branch have completed their City & Guilds courses and a presentation of her certificate was made to  Carole Sams  by the Regional Chairman – a member of our Branch.

Carole, Eileen Bramwell, and Sue Tyldesley  - who were not present at the meeting -achieved distinctions and a merits between them, and should all be congratulated for their success in passing, with such excellent results.

At the end of the Chairman’s 3 years we hold a  Challenge competition for a piece of work following a theme set by the outgoing Chairmen - this year’s title was -
‘My Favourite Place’ – no bigger than A4 in any direction.


This year’s winner - Anne Stark being presented by our outgoing Chairman – Anne Baldwin – with the Therese De Dillmont Embroidery book – which she will keep for 3 years – hope you enjoy it Anne.

A photograph of Anne’s piece will be shown later.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

September meeting–Talk by Karen Martindale ‘ Bags of Inspiration’

Karen is a self confessed ‘collector of bags and to prove this she brought with her a huge collection of different  types.

Karen explained that she comes from a long line of Textile workers and was surrounded by hats, bags, and clothes from a very young age.

She started collecting when she was about 6 buying her first purse at a jumble sale(for 6d – old money which some of us still remember!!), going on to collect Victorian beaded purses; Art Deco handbags with Bakelite clasps; gaming and misers purses; hanging pockets – as in the nursery rhyme ‘Lucy Locket’ and sweet bags which were scented with rose petals to disguise nasty ‘unwashed’ smells – another nursery rhyme –’Ring a Roses, a pocket full of posies’.

Some of the bags she brought to show us – far too many to photograph individually so I have shown a few that I particularly liked.

P1030359      P1030363

P1030362    P1030367

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