Hilary Beattie Spring School – it’s all good so far!!

As I write, the third and final day of our Spring School has just begun.  The Language Of Flowers, tutored by Hilary Beattie, has seen fourteen keen participants learn new techniques and be inspired by Hilary’s work that currently forms part of the Concealed exhibition.

On the first day the group talked and thought about flowers, watching Hilary sketch on the easel, then using sketchbooks to draw them, working on their own interpretation of flowers to work on the following day. They worked mainly in monochrome and one other colour!

 

Day Two was about constructing the collage, making choices about what background to use,  framing their chosen images, and then assembling the items using bondaweb. Lots of concentration and discussion!

Hilary also brought along her very well stocked ‘shop’  which proved very popular!!

All of the students have been very well looked after, with lunch provided by trustees.  Jean and Joy have set out a wonderful buffet each day then cleared up afterwards. They have been helped by other trustees and QA members who also provided home made cakes for afternoon tea.

Without our unpaid Board of Trustees and members the Quilt Association would cease to exist!!  And a huge thank you goes to members of the Welsh Heritage Quilters group, who meet weekly at the Minerva Arts Centre and volunteer for stewarding duties during our two main exhibitions.

Okay – that’s me done for now.  They’ve been at it for nearly an hour so I’m off to take more photos and see how they’re getting on!!!  Look out for photos of the end results of what has been a hugely successful Spring School.

Concealed Exhibition and Workshop photos

I’m still catching my breath from all the activity at the Minerva Centre last week.  The screens were put in place, the exhibits hung, the exhibition opened and our first workshop took place.

The work done by members of Art Textiles:Made in Britain is amazing and so varied.  Who would think that the title theme, Concealed, could be interpreted in so many ways and in such a range of media.  Photographs definitely don’t do justice to the pieces and you really need to come and look at them for yourself but here are some of my favourites.  In no particular order, just the route I took around the display screens.

 

The exhibition opened on Saturday morning, but before the front doors were unlocked Rosie James had already begun the first workshop in the QA workroom.  I’ve attached some photos of what went on during the morning session as I had to leave at lunchtime.  Hopefully someone took some later on in the day.  If I can get hold of some I’ll update you later but even in the short time I was there I could feel the enthusiasm and desire to produce some excellent pieces.  The participants had brought along photos and were working with Rosie to make some stitched versions.  Truly inspiring!!!

That’s all for today.  Thanks for reading.