When asked for the location of other spinning and weaving groups and when they meet, Guild members refer to our booklet Other Groups in NSW. We have used the same booklet for many years and it has got out of date. I have tried to get in touch with all the groups listed but not all of them have responded and I don’t know whether that is because they no longer function or because the address is wrong. Quite a few groups who no longer function did respond, with regret, to have their names crossed off our list. And I discovered a few new one by searching the Internet.
This is the list of active groups in NSW that I have collated. If you belong to a group, in addition to the HSW Guild NSW, please run your eye through these names. If your group’s name is not there, let us know so that I can add their meeting place, time of meeting and contact details to our list and to our web site.
Dorothy Caldwell’s talk illustrates how her textile art is an ongoing exploration of a sense of place. Her long time interest in marks humans make on the landscape creating patterns of settlement, agricultural practices and built heritage are translated onto cloth through dyeing, printing and stitching. Her current practice involves collecting earth pigments, plant matter and objects in remote landscapes and incorporating them in her work. This direction enables her to make a deeper connection between her home in Hastings, Ontario and the places where she travels. Dorothy will tell the stories of her fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic, the Australian outback and rural Japan and India. By using materials collected in the field whether far away or close to home, the pieced, layered and stitched surfaces tangibly absorb and reflect her artistic journey.
Beth Hatton last spoke to us in 2008 about her exhibition Baseline, about the remnant grasslands of Lake George. SInce then she has participated in many exhibitions combining new works with pieces exhibited before in a different context.
Beth arrived in Australia in 1976 and soon became concerned with environmental issues. She developed a series of rugs that used kangaroo and wool offcuts to highlight the plight of native animals.
The curator of A Red World, Wangaratta Art Gallery, June-July, 2008, asked for her woven rugs for the show. She showed Extinct & Endangered Species, 2002 with three pelt shapes reflecting the pelts stored in museums of endangered, native animals. It was bought by the Wangaratta gallery. Beth’s rugs have a very fine, red weft and are woven with shaft switching.
Plant stall, cafe, mini workshops, entertainment.
When: Saturday noon-5.00pm, Sunday 8:30am-3.00pm
Where: Blackheath Community Halls, Great Western Hwy, Blackheath (opposite railway station)
Admission: adults $4, kids under 15 free
Exhibit entry times: Friday 3.00pm-8.00pm, Saturday 7.00am-9.00am. All entries are free.
Spinning and weaving enquiries: 6359 9777
Helen MacRichie calls herself a textile artist because she combines lots of different techniques including felting, embroidery, lacemaking, sewing. She has been selling and exhibiting her work for seven years but has been crafting for many years. As a five year old in Scotland, she was obliged to write a daily diary. She soon discovered that a drawing filled lots of space to pad out a little text. Helen always did art at school but listened to her mother who said there was no money in art and continued with science. She earned a PhD in pharmacy and worked in pharmacy research. When her husband moved the family to Switzerland, she stayed at home with the kids because her german was not good enough to continue working. To assuage the boredom of being a hausfrau she undertook the City and Guilds, long distance embroidery design course. When the family moved to Australia in 2004 Helen continued the City and Guilds course which has become the inspiration as well as the method of much of her current practice.
Competition to be conducted at Agricultural Society, Group & State Level. A group of three items are submitted to a local show. The winners at that level are entered in a zone competition at a later show. The winners of the zone competition, are entered to the RAS in Sydney at Easter.
The firm of John Sands Ltd (Printers and Stationers) published their directory each year from 1858-59 to 1932-33 (except for 1872, 1874, 1878 and 1881.) The household and business information it contains is a fundamental source for research into Sydney history, especially family history.
Until now, the directory was usually accessed through a microfiche edition made by WF Pascoe Ltd which is available at many public libraries. The City of Sydney obtained a complete digital edition of the directory from WF Pascoe, scanned from the microfiche and has made the complete set of Sands available and searchable online. Access is free.
Under Trades and Professions in the 1858-69 directory were no weavers. There were warehousemen, watchmakors, wellsinkors, wheelwrights, whipmakers, whitesmiths, wine merchants, wire-workers and wool brokers. Nor any spinners.
[According to Wikipedia a whitesmith, also known as a tinsmith, tinner, tinker, or tinplate worker, is a person who makes and repairs things made of light-coloured metal.]
The 2015 Spin-In committee plans to introduce something new while keeping to the traditions of the Bothwell Spin-In. Their competitions page will have information soon. Just a hint, it involves sheep and alpacas.
For those who enjoy making something for the Mary Simon perpetual trophy, the form is now on the website. The 2015 Spin-In item will be a throw rug.
Have you thought of going further with your spinning? Most of us who learned to spin and have achieved a certain competence wonder if there is more to learn and earn something to show for it.
Well there is!
Part A of Certificate of Competence in Hand Spinning course has been revised and the Guild would love some members to give it a try. Just imagine how that Certificate will make you feel when you show it off to your friends when it is mounted in your craft corner or workshop.
Years ago, many achieved a similar accreditation in the art of spinning through textile courses run by TAFE. Since that avenue closed, there is no longer that sense of achievement in the craft, hence the Guild offers this excellent course of self guided study.
If you want to know more, contact Eleanor Igoe, who will send you more information about how to sign up.