Guest Speaker

Beth Hatton

In 2008 Beth mounted an exhibition with artist Christine James which has toured Australia and is about to open at Fairfield Museum in Sydney. The exhibition explores aspects of the history and geography of the Lake George area near Canberra as interpreted by the two artists, Christine as a painter and Beth as a weaver and sculptor. The exhibition called BASE LINE: Remnant Grassland of Weereewa/Lake George will run until 13 March.

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Denise Stevens

Denise was the recipient of the Freda Neale Grant this year, and talked to the Guild at the November meeting about her trip to Albuquerque in New Mexico, USA for the American Tapestry Alliance’s Convergence 2010, which the award of the grant assisted.

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Postmodern Knitting and Design Strategies

Linda Chee has been a visual arts teacher for more than 30 years and a knitter for more than 20 years. She has travelled the world extensively with her husband who is a professional photographer. Her travels have provided a lot of inspiration for design, colour, texture and other elements of Linda’s designs.

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June Guest Speaker: Joan Fisher and Pam Bayfield

Pam is a self published author who was approached by Joan to help Joan write her story. Two hundred and fifty people attended their book launch at Narrabeen. Two hundred copies of the book were sold.

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April Guest Speaker: Barbara Ballantine

Barbara Ballantine, our April 2010 guest speaker, shared with us both beautiful examples of the work of and the history of the crochet designer Mary Card.

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February Guest Speaker: Kopanang Project

Margaret O’Shea is a geography teacher and while she was teaching at Santa Sabina College she learned about the Kopanang project established by a Dominican Sister, Sheila Flynn.
Enabling women is very important in South Africa and in 2000 Sister Sheila and a group of people wondered what they could do to help groups of grannies who have to raise their grandchildren after their parents have died from AIDS related illnesses. Some of the children also have AIDS.

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January Guest Speaker: Journey in Artcloth

After a 30 year career as a graphic designer Marie-Therese morphed into a full time studio artist and promoted her husband Art Patron. She works full time as a studio artist, researcher, author, tutor, casual lecturer at the University of Newcastle and maintains Art Quill Studio at Arcadia Vale. She has written books and her artcloth and works on paper have been widely exhibited nationally and internationally.

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October Guest Speaker: Peter Collingwood

The DVD presentation was introduced by Ann Beatty and Audrey Miller who told the story of her macrogauze hanging. Audrey and Barbara Roper were in a Salvation Army shop one day and noticed a bundle of rolled up threads which they suspected might be a weaving. On closer inspection they found it was indeed a wall hanging with a metal plate attached inscribed Peter Collingwood with a number. Audrey asked the man behind the counter how much he wanted for it and he said Oh, three dollars. What a bargain! It has gone to a good home but imagine how easily it could have gone to the tip. Peter Collingwood sold his macro gauzes by weight, depending on how much metal was in them.

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August Guest Speaker: Liz Gemmell

Liz started knitting when she and her family (including 2 small sons) were living on a houseboat in Sydney harbour. They had sold up everything to travel, got as far as Brisbane before deciding it was not the life for them. Liz found that she had lots of time to fill with no housework so, inspired by Jenny Kee, she taught herself to knit from a book with lots of colour. What she knitted she wrote up as books:

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August Guest Speaker: Cecilia Heffer: Textile Designer

Cecilia’s training was first in graphic design but she couldn’t see herself working in that field so transferred to fine arts study. The graphic design background taught her image making and showed her how to look at imagery. After three years of fine art study she went to Spain and studied Spanish painting, learnt the language, then moved to London to do a masters degree in fine art design. There students have access to the Tate, British and Victoria and Albert museums plus textile shows and there are 5,000 graduates per year. There students study weaving or textiles for four years whereas in Australia we don’t have the population to run specialist courses.

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