Some of the speakers and activities that we have had the last few years.

Updating the programme
Dear all
Time to update you with confirmation of the initial programme bookings for
the first few months of 2021.
These are following through on those choices which I indicated a few weeks
ago.  I realise that, for those who have had lengthy membership of the
Branch, these names are not new, however, Speakers do add to their
material and ideas and inspirations develop for all artists.

I hope this is an interesting balance between contemporary and traditional
- and therefore, something for all.

January 9th.     Morning Workshop with Nikki Parmenter

Afternoon presentation. Kate Slaughter.  'A Creative Approach to Embroidery' Cancelled as Kate caught Covid 19. Workshop to follow when she is well.

February 6th.   Morning Workshop  with Nikki Parmenter

Afternoon presentation. Liz Almond. 'Calico Gardens' which was the theme
for the Day School that was cancelled in the autumn.  Taking her
inspiration from nature Liz is supplementing the talk by offering pdf with
designs and charts for five projects - for which there will be an
additional charge.

March 6th.     Afternoon presentation.  Joanna O'Neill. 'Bite-sized'

The question of protection of copyright in terms of online presentation is
being raised and I am finding that there are differing attitudes to this
issue.  It is not a case of 'one size fits all'.
In one case I have been required to sign a contract on behalf of all our
members where it is stated that the recording of the presentation is not
permitted and that all material is copyright to the artist.  No screen
shots or recordings should be taken, including for private use.

This is in contrast to Nikki who makes the point that so much of her work
is available online in one form or another that access is readily
I am due to talk to Nikki tomorrow after she has given her first online
workshop so I will be able to make any notes which could help our
experience run more smoothly.  I should be able to give more information
to members when we have the December meeting.

I am relieved that we have a programme to offer members for the start of
2021 and that this gives them value for their loyalty and continued
support.  I am just sorry that this is restricted to those with access to
the technology and hopeful that perhaps there might be a way for those few
folk to have a chance to join in next year.

Perhaps we can be hopeful that, by the time of our 'delayed' (because of
Easter) April meeting we might be able to meet in person.  Realistically I
do not expect to be able to do so before that date, however, if
restrictions ease we could always improvise arrangements to suit the
circumstances.  After that we might be planning to book Speakers to visit
in person.

With all good wishes

Thirteen of our members enjoyed two half day workshops with Nikki Parmenter. We were shown two different methods of working and fun was had by all. Above are some of the results – more to come I am sure.