Guild Online Autumn Exhibition - October 14 - November 5 2017
October 14 - November 5 2017
The new foray into exhibiting Guild member’s diverse and beautiful work online proved to be a success. Each artist submitted four pieces of work to create the ‘Autumn Exhibition’. All the work was for sale and with clear images and accurate descriptions, the web page looked vibrant and interesting receiving many ‘visits’. Thanks to Sara and Hugh of the Guild for organising this successful ‘web’ event.
Lands End Guild of Artists – Outing to Penryn and Falmouth
Five Guild members had a grand day out to Penryn and Falmouth! Starting at John Howards Print Studios at Jubilee Wharf, Penryn Guild we were treated to a guided tour of John’s printmaking studios and gallery space. We looked in awe at his amazing portfolio of black and white etchings of post-industrial Midlands architecture. With a busy printmaking session taking place John was very generous with his time and explained the development of his work and the studios…
"John Howard Print Studios opened in January 2007 at an iconic new ecobuilding at Jubilee Wharf on the Fal estuary in Penryn, Cornwall. John’s vision for the printmaking studio is of a high-quality and vibrant facility offering opportunities for new and experienced printmakers to develop their skills and expertise. The studios are recognised as a centre of printmaking excellence in Cornwall, used by artists from across the UK." Other gallery visits included Fannie & Fox, Xtrospective, Mirri Damer Jewellery, Falmouth Art Gallery, The Poly & Beside the Wave. Lunch at Stargazy Café, Penryn was excellent too!
Drawing workshop with Irene Lees - Saturday 25 February 2017
A very stimulating, fascinating and enjoyable day was spent by Guild members on Saturday 25th February 2017. Internationally known artist Irene Lees came to Treen Chapel Studio to help members explore their creativity with paper and pencil. Our tools consisted of various types and sizes of black and white paper and card, pencils, knitting needles and gel pens. The most important tool after Irene’s help and encouragement was our own imagination. Irene is known for sophisticated portraying skills including continuous and written text line drawing …………but there is much more to Irene and her work than can be expressed here. Take a look at her website www.irenelees.com.
Some of the results of the day
Guild Throws Open Their Doors - Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 September
Lands End Guild of Artists is a group of professional artists and makers opening their doors to allow members of the public a unique opportunity to see local artists at work in their studios. Over the nine days of exhibition members will be demonstrating painting, printmaking, jewellery, woodwork and textiles. Studios will be open from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th September. Explaining the thinking behind ‘Open Doors’, Hugh Lucas of Cave Cottage Studios said: “As with most pursuits there is often a mystique around how the goal is achieved. The Guild wants to explode the air of the artistic mystery and give people the opportunity to experience art in the making – to smell, see, hear, taste and feel it!” Expanding on this idea, Jenny Annely of Treen Chapel Studio [shared with Sara Bevan and Pat Furley] said: “We will have a creative focus each day. All six artists will be using this time to experiment and work on ongoing pieces.” This is the chance to visit six talented artists at work in their studio spaces within three miles of Land’s End! Guild artists and makers are; Jenny Annely – painting and textiles, Pat Furley – textiles, Sara Bevan – painting and printmaking, Hugh Lucas – woodwork, Lisa Lucas – printmaking and painting, Janet Midwinter – jewellery, printmaking and photography. A wide selection of work will be available to buy.
Studio addresses: Pat Furley, Jenny Annely & Sara Bevan-Treen Chapel Studio, Treen, St Levan TR19 6LF Janet Midwinter - MidwinterSilver Studio, Channel View, Sennen TR19 7AD Hugh Lucas & Lisa Lucas - Cave Cottage Studios, Crean, St Buryan TR19 6HA
The artists’ studios will be open from – 11am to 5pm daily
Treen Chapel Studio Opens the Door
for members of the public to meet three artists and makers at work in the studio – part of the Lands End Guild of Artists Open Doors exhibition Saturday 10th September to Sunday 18th September 11am – 5pm Artists will be experimenting and demonstrating the following throughout the week….. Jenny Annely will be printing, weaving, knitting and spinning Pat Furley will be weaving, felt making, knitting and hand-sewing with patchwork and slow stitch technique Sara Bevan will be printing and painting
Identified days for specific focus are: Saturday 10th September - different printing techniques Tuesday 13th September - felt making Wednesday 14th September - spinning Thursday 15th September - knitting Friday 16th September - weaving
Finished work for sale
- also interesting weaving and spinning equipment and materials for sale Both Logan Rock Inn and Treen café (opposite studio) serve food and drink - lovely coastal walks
A textiles bonanza at the Norwich Museum
- a thoughtful day of delicious fabric and yarn.
A group of us from the Thursday Knitting Group held weekly at Treen Chapel, St Levan were lucky enough to have a day at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery organised by our friend Pam MacMillan, ex knitting group, who moved back to the Norfolk/Suffolk border last year and who arranged this brilliant day for us.
The tapestry of Lorina Bulwer 1901, a stitched voice [Julia Blackburn in Threads – the delicate life of John Craske ISBN 9780224097765]
This woman was an inmate in the Female Lunatic Ward of the Yarmouth Workhouse during the first part of the twentieth century. The textile pieces she worked on describe her feelings and understanding of the society in which she lived. It has been described as a rant. To me it was an informative rant, embroidered words, some underlined to emphasise her emotional response to her outside world and its influences. The actual fabric she used was brought to her by visitors or given by other inmates and patched and embroidered to produce a tapestry 9 feet long and 18 inches wide, although the piece we viewed had been cut to about 5 feet long. She had embroidered some pictures but the impact of the words, in capitals, was forceful.
The Evacuation of Dunkirk – John Craske – artist and embroiderer
John Craske was a Sheringham fisherman who as a young man became unwell after a bout of flu and as a consequence continued throughout the rest of his life to have what was described as ‘absences’ subsequently excluding him from paid work. At times of wellness he began painting. When standing to paint became difficult his wife encouraged him to use embroidery silks and wools and he worked on pieces of muslin obtained from the wrapping of Christmas puddings stretched on a deckchair frame. His tapestry laid out for us was his interpretation of the Dunkirk Evacuation from 1941 to his death in August 1943. It was approximately nine feet by two feet with one patch unfinished at the time of his death. It is remarkable that his probable only source of information about the landings would have been from the radio reports at his bedside. Had he still been a fisherman he may well have taken part in the rescue. His use of colour and texture in this embroidery is that of an artist with a palette of paint.
The book ‘Threads’ by Julia Blackburn tells the story of her search for John Craske and his art. ISBN 9780224097765 Published by Johathan Cape 2015
Elizabeth Forster - knitwear designer of the 1960’s to the 80’s.
We were treated to a wealth of garments from the Museum’s archive, designed by Elizabeth Forster. This Norfolk woman had devised knitting patterns for her designs, inspired by many unusual images captured on her extensive travels. She hand-picked skilled knitters from around the country to test her designs and we were able to view some of the correspondence between Elizabeth and her knitters which provided an insight into the pioneering nature of the work. Many of her designs were produced in women’s magazines from the 1960’s to the 80’s. The quality and quantity of the work and attention to detail absorbed us as we donned white gloves to appreciate at first hand this unexpected and fascinating glimpse of knitwear fashion of that era. Unfortunately we were so absorbed and excited that we didn’t stop to take any photographs of her work, however I found some online at barbaraknitsagain.blockspot.co.uk We were grateful to the curators and volunteers who took us through this whirlwind of a day.
Pat Furley of raveled sleave.
Pam’s lovely embroidered table cloth drying in the sunshine.