November 2016 – Liz Ashurst

The November meeting took place on the same day as our Biennial Exhibition needed to be hung!  This meant that there was a small team at the Oxmarket beavering away in Chichester whilst the meeting continued in Lavant.

The morning members’ session was given over to members’ own work. The afternoon session was a talk on European Folk Art by Liz Ashurst.

Liz guided  us through the last century with the massive changes across Europe  from the first World War where decisions were taken that created the Poland that we know! Poland has a rich cultural background that goes back even further to the Austrian Prussian times and some of the textile designs come from the style of architecture.
Liz has wonderful first hand knowledge of life in Poland, where even now poverty prevails, but the crafts are continued in people’s homes.The richness of all the colours used was evident in blouses, waistcoats, fronts on men’s shirts and trousers. Wall hangings in the homes and table runners all show the bright colours used.

A fascinating and informative afternoon – thank you.

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