Monday, 20 November 2017

Louise Henly and Clare Wassermann From ''Brush to Needle''

Our meeting began today with a huge thank you to Janet Connock who has worked tirelessly for many, many years supplying us with goodies from all over the country manning the sales table for many years. Janet has now handed it over to our branch so it was only fitting that she received a token of our thanks for her hard work. Surprisingly, Janet gave a little speech. 

Thank you Janet
We were treated to not one but two talks today from our members. Louise Henly started by talking of her Art background having classes with John Garbett and her love of sculpture
...and how with encouragement from Ann Patterson she moved into embroidery

Louise's interest in graphic buildings. Louise has discovered and loves the colour of Inktense (as indeed do a lot of us)

Thank you Louise

Clare shared some of her mini quilts with us after discovering Wombourne Quilters, a lecture from Ineke Berlyn and becoming a member of Wolverhampton branch of the Embroiderers' Guild
Mini quilts - birds - the freedom of constraints - symbols in Clare's paintings

An Art dress made as part of an exhibition with the Guild and Connect in Threads Group
Clare's dress from the project completed with the Connect in Threads group
Clare's background was grounded in Jazz music teaching and playing the clarinet and saxophone. Frequenting Ronnie Scott's with the likes of George Melly, Spike Milligan and Humphrey Lyttelton.
Clare listens to music when painting
 Clare discovered meditation many years ago -  Clare's illustrations in paperback books after being spotted on Instagram by a writer in the USA.

Clare's latest paintings, on a smaller scale than usual, after a project at Boundary Way allotments, in Warstones

After the talk Clare's work on display

The future will continue to celebrate painting for quilts and stitch with a solo exhibition next year at the Museum of Cannock Chase Gallery (April 28th - June 17th 2018)
Thank you Louise and Clare for inspiring us to paint and find our own style of development