Tuesday, 14 February 2012

A Tale of Two Members

Last night I felt very honoured to have been asked to be a guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild.  The evening was called A Tale of Two Members as Janet Molloy, branch chairman of BEG was also giving a talk after me. I didn't rehearse so it was quite off the cuff although I knew what I was going to talk about more or less.  'My Journey' always sounds a bit corny but basically it's a good way of tackling talking about your work and I went back as far as childhood when my interest in art and craft was developing thanks to my Mum and her lessons in knitting and sewing. I skipped over the 33 mind-numbing years @ BT et al and then the great escape to art by way of redundancy and onto the  Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Solihull College and finally on to their Degree Course in Fine Art. 

I took with me my beloved hybrid cardigan 'You Can Never Have Too Many Cardigans' from Foundation which was made as a tribute to my dear Mum as that was one of her many sayings.  It was good to get that out of mothballs and see how far I've progressed over the last 4 years.
You Can Never Have Too Many Cardigans (2008)
I then went on to talk about my recent work since discovering embroidery and the Embroiderer's Guild and how much it has fed and inspired my studio practice on the degree course.   

Janet went next to talk about her own work although I think I over ran a bit as she only had about 15 minutes left so sorry Janet, I didn't realise I had so much to say but that might have been more to do with nerves. Here are some photos of her work.

We had a great evening and thanks go to Janet, Heather and Pamela and everyone at the B'ham EG for making me so welcome and many thanks to my friend and mentor June Parkinson for giving me the opportunity to do the talk.

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