10-31st March- Serendipity- Essex Silk Painters Guild Exhibition at Loughton Arts Centre gallery,
187b High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4LF
This year we exhibited a collection of work by members and the group in this community art space linked to Lopping Hall. Some members were at the gallery during the 3 weeks and many items were be for sale.
You can find a map and addess for the gallery here.
20-22nd April- The Stitching Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show, ExCeL, London
We represent the National Guild for this major event. One of the largest UK textiles events in an accessible location. Lots of suppliers, artists with finished works, gifts, and workshops. We have our work for sale or you can have a go at silk painting. Find out who will be there and what's on here.
16-17th September - Festival of Silk, Stoke
The national Guild's biannual event with workshops, displays, stands, competitions and demonstrations. Find out more on their own site here. A number of the Essex Guild attend the Festival and we usually have a stand selling items.
21st-26th September- Great British sewing Bee LIVE at ExCel, London
We had a stand at this new event with items for sale and information about our activities and the National Guild.
23rd-24th September- Essex Craft and Design Show, Cressing Temple Barns
We had a stand of varied and stunning crafts of all kinds, with a mixture of Guild silk items and activities depending on the venue. At Cressing you can have a go at silk painting yourselves; there are lots of beautiful stalls and the Templar Barns are interesting in their own right.
Find directions here.
6th February - Technique-sample squares group activity
Making a banner from samples of lots of silk paint and dye methods.
5th March - "Nuno Felting" with Jeanette Trim
Learn to incorporate your silk into felted projects.
2nd April - "Play day" with tips on selling and presenting work.
A chance to do your own thing and exchange expertise with other members, and/or continue working on pieces from previous workshops. Bring your own frames, paints dyes and silks. Silk available to purchase.
7th May - "Working in Three Dimensions"
A chance to explore different ways to turn your painted silk into three dimensional forms. Details to be confirmed.
4th June - (possibly) "Playday"
Finishing off work in progress and sace to do your own thing.
30th June, 1st and 2nd July "Silk and Wax"
A three day opportunity to use our workshop space for you own projects including Batik work.
August 1st – Toot Hill Village Fair join in on the stall
September 3rd - Copped Hall visit
Our annual picnic and trip to the inspirational borders, kitchen gardens and semi-ruins of this once grand house. Bring your own pieces to work on, sketchbooks, cameras or just enjoy the views over Essex!
October 1st – "Playday"
Making pieces for use in November or working on your own ideas.
November 5th – "Furoshiki"
Find out how to use your painted silk or other fabrics to make Japanese folded/tied fabric bags and gift wrap.
December 5th - Christmas meeting
A Christmas-based activity, show-and-tell of our silk and other work during the year and pot-luck festive lunch.