The October meeting opened with our AGM – after 4 years of sterling service our chairman, Ros Woodhead, stepped down, to be replaced by Susan Fletcher, elected unopposed. (All other officers remain the same). Ros was warmly thanked on behalf of the branch for all of her work, care, compassion, sense of humour, attention to detail and common sense during her stewardship of a very successful period in the branch’s history. We also said our goodbyes to two other committee members and welcomed their replacements. After the formal business of the AGM was concluded we turned our attention to our speaker, Debbie Lyddon, with her talk entitled “Combining Senses, Sight and Touch”
We sat spellbound as Debbie (a talented flautist) described her love of textiles and music, explained how her degree show piece had related to the four sea movements of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes.
We heard four pieces of music and looked at the relevant sections of the 24 foot long piece of work with its gorgeous withdrawn thread work and the links between mood, music and the composition of the piece became apparent.
The link between sound and colour was another fascinating topic – white being the sound of silence (which explains the difficulty/reluctance when faced with a blank sketchbook!)
All in all a fascinating and novel approach to textile work which created a buzz and set many of us thinking……..
The afternoon concluded with a colourful Halloween raffle and tea. It was Barbara’s last raffle (as she now moves to Workshop Bookings) and what a beautifully presented array of spooky prizes she produced. Jill takes over next month – no pressure!!