Traditionally, our January meeting is given over to our AGM and this year was no different from previous years. More unusually for us was the venue, we decided to rent the kitchen in MY Place in Midleton. A great space, created for the community and somewhere we hope to utilise again.
The HGC 2020 AGM took place on a beautifully sunny, but icy, morning at MY Place, Midleton, Co. Cork. Halfway through our business we adjourned and enjoyed a celebration meal together, accompanied by a glass of Non-Alcoholic Champagne, thanks to Maureen and her hubby. Cheers! An apt way to commence our 2020 40 years celebration.
Go raibh mÍle maith agaibh, on behalf of the Guild. Our AGM finished, in what has now become the tradition, a Kris Kringle exchange, this year being a homemade Christmas decoration.
As well as covering the housekeeping affairs of the guild like finances and membership, the AGM provides a great opportunity to reflect on the previous year and plan for the new one.
2019 saw a concerted effort by the new committee to raise awareness and increase membership in order to boost our numbers and in doing so, make certain activities more financially viable. We’re thrilled to say, it seems to be working. We welcomed several new people to the group and attended as many events as possible.
Whilst we enjoyed all of the events we had a stand at, it was agreed that a couple were not the most appropriate fit for us and that overall the learning curve had been very beneficial for the guild as a whole.
The AgriAware Day, which took place at Hoddersfield House, Crosshaven, on 6th May was a good experience and one that the Guild would be happy to repeat at a future date.
The Explorations in Colour project has been a highlight with half of the pieces displayed at the Knitting & Stitching Show in the RDS in November. The project continues and will be completed for display at the Guild’s 20+20 Vision exhibition this coming August.
The Ice-Dyeing Day at Lora’s home in July was undoubtedly a highlight of 2019, so thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. Lora (and her family) had it so amazingly organised from start to finish, everyone coming away with a new skill and a beautifully colourful dyed item of fabric. It was a joy and a pleasure to have been there.
Looking forwards to this coming year, much of our focus will be on the 20+20 Vision exhibition in August celebrating the guild’s 40th anniversary.
The theme of 20+20 Vision is recycling/repurposing. The items which will go on display will include the disciplines of weaving, spinning or dyeing (or a combination of these) made by the Guild members.
Gerda showed a photo and some examples of rugs she made from scraps of wool. It was agreed that these would be ideal exhibits for the exhibition.
As for the exhibition itself, this will take place in August upstairs in the gallery space of St. Peters on North Main Street, Cork City.
Programme for 2020
In addition to the extra twenty tapestries to complete our Explorations in Colour piece, we launched the Guild’s Annual Challenge – The White Shirt. (more about it in a separate post)
As well as the excitement surrounding the exhibition, other highlights for this year will be hearing accomplished tapestry weaver, Fiona Hutchison talk about her work in March, Art Spinning in April and our guild retreat in September.
Show ‘n’ Tell
Liz brought along her rigid heddle loom to show us what she’s been working on.
Stella brought along a felted brooch.
Talked out and feeling rather full from our lovely buffet lunch we had our traditional Kris Kringle gift swap before heading home.
According to the name each member drew out of the hat, a prettily wrapped handmade Christmas decoration was exchanged from one person to another, each beautifully made – a unique treasure to add to our festive trees in future years.