Saturday, 24 November 2012

The Water Has Been Bridged

Two boxes of exhibition work was picked up by a courier from Chris's home in Essex, UK on Wednesday and arrived at Ingrid's home in Winnipeg, Canada on Friday of the same week! All the customs and import/export forms filled in correctly, so now we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the Articulation work has been returned safely to them and the Material Girls work is in safe hands and ready to start it's exhibition tour of Canada next year.

Now the Material Girls are working towards their next exhibition, watch this space for updates.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

New dates

New dates have been added to the Articulated Material Exhibition see the Exhibition Diary.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


Can it truly be October already?  The Material Girls collaboration with Articulation is almost at an end.  We have finished our Exhibitions in this country.  There are still a couple of talks about the project to come.  Your attendance would be welcome at the Romford Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild, this coming Saturday, 13th October, where you will be able to meet Material Girls Members, learn about the project and see the pieces themselves.  After these commitments, the UK panels will accompany their Canadian counterparts on their return to Canada, where they will go on Exhibition.

We are already moving forward, embracing a new topic.  It also means new ventures for two of our Members elsewhere.   Our next project is entitled: "Tales and Textiles" - ideas already springing forth, with a wide variety of subject matter chosen.  This work will be exhibited at Textiles in Focus in 2014!  Keep company with us on the blog as we share our working towards completion of this project.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Last Chance To See This Work in UK, Canada Here We Come!!

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This year we joined other local artist  in  the Romford Art Trail our exhibits "Small Prayers" were placed in St Edwards Church. To view the images closer go to individual artist pages, all photos were supplied by Margaret Lacy.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Thurrock Art Trail

Jane Barry a textile artist and friend of The Material Girls has work in this exhibition, it's part of the Thurrock Art Trail. The exhibition is upstairs in 'The Swan' so you can view the exhibition during pub opening hours, Horndon on the Hill is not short of places to hold an exhibition that's for sure!!!!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

The New End Date

The revised flyer is now here note the new end date!

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Thursday, 31 May 2012

See Us in Maldon .......

before the work is packed up and sent off  for it's journey across Canada!!!!!


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for more information on the venue contact the Maeldune Heritage Centre

Amendment to the end date - it will be before the 18th September  confirmation to follow!

Monday, 28 May 2012

A Lot of Thank You's and What's Next?

The Material Girls- Textiles On the Hill- Bridging Waters exhibition is over! I think we can say it was a success, there was  a  steady stream of visitors on both days.  Saturday a group of ladies travelled from Suffolk and stayed all day. Vanessa from Southend on Sea stayed all day on Saturday and enjoyed the demonstrations so much she came back and stayed for most of Sunday!   Apart from those interested in Textiles we had  visitors who dropped by to sit at tables outside in the sun and enjoy the home baked cakes. They wandered in and looked at the exhibition and shops too.

Horndon were  hosting visitors from their French twin town and many of them came in for a look.  Not only  those of a certain age the young came to view too!  It was really special to have Donna and her husband  join us from Canada,  Donna is a member of Articulation! So this weekend the Bridging Waters exhibition  were well and truly internationally viewed.

We must thank our demonstrators  Helen Wilson, Sara Impey, Lynda Monk, Janette Bright, Juliet Bryson and The Material Girls own  Beverley, Chris and Margaret. We also thank Denise from Craft Arena for bringing her shop, without their support and generosity  the weekend would not have been as successful or entertaining! So thank you. We must also say thank you to Jane and Peter for their help in arranging the use of the screens, liaising with 'The Swan' and everything else they did. The Material Girls are lucky that we have the support of our families who always are there to help out with the climbing of ladders or carrying of heavy boxes etc. we really appreciate it.



Our young visitor likes Julie's work!






And so What's Next......... the whole exhibition will be at Maldon, Essex (more information posted here very soon) this will be the LAST opportunity to view the work before it travels to Canada where it will be exhibited in various galleries from coast to coast!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

May - Counting Down....

Yesterday was our monthly May meeting, at which we discussed everything possible to do with our next event.
Textiles on the Hill
26th/27th May
Horndon on the Hill
This is a new venture for The Material Girls and we have all worked very hard to make sure we have something to offer anyone interested in textile art.  Btw, if you have been contacted by a Member of the Group regarding specific requests, now is the time to put those into action.

We have a new Honorary Member, Splodge - tasks allocated to him include entertaining us all, and very importantly acting as a paperweight whilst Margaret and Jill listened intently.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at the event, to make it a success - full information is here on the blog and on our website.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

On To The Next Project

Today five Material Girls made a visit to the British Museum, we are already researching for our exhibition at Cottenham in 2014, it never stops does it?

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Textiles on the Hill Demonstrations

The Material Girls can now announce the times of the demonstrations so you can plan your visit for  the weekend event. We are lucky to have a great selection of textile artist and you don't have to restrict yourself to one visit why not come along on both days and see the wide variety of skills that will be demonstrated.

Textiles on the Hill Demonstrations

Saturday 26th May 2012

11.00 - 12.00 Beverley Folkard

12.30 - 1.30 Helen Wilson

2.00 – 3.00 Sara Impey

3.30 – 4.30 Chris Spencer

Sunday 27th May 2012

11.00 -12.00 Margaret Lacy

12.15 - 1.15 Lynda Monk

1.30 – 2.30 Janette Bright

2.45 – 3.45 Juliet Bryson

For more information on the event see the previous post.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Wall Hangings Mosaic


1. Vickie Newington, 2. Leann Clifford, 3. Gloria S. Daly, 4. Miriam Birkenthal, 5. Ingrid Lincoln, 6. Wendy Klotz, 7. ReBecca Paterson, 8. Donna Clement, 9. Lesley Turner

                                            The Material Girls

1. Limehouse Basin, 2. Jill Birleson, 3. Miriam Weaver, 4. Carol Broughton, 5. Christine Spencer, 6. Margaret Lacy, 7. Beverley Folkard, 8. Limehouse Basin - Lock, 9. Thames Walk Limehouse, 10. Marie Payne, 11. Mary Carter, 12. Julie Chellingsworth, 13. Diane Kelsey

Just a taster of the Bridging Water  hangings, if you would like to see a larger image click on the name of the artist. Or come along to one of the exhibitions.

Articulated Materials 'Bridging Waters' - Private View

A few more images of the private view, these images are by courtesy of Chris Spencer

Deputy Mayor of Havering, Lynden Thorpe and Chris Spencer

More images to follow..........

Friday, 24 February 2012

Private View -Thames Barges

Last night  was the private view of  'Bridging Waters'  a collaboration of work between the Canadian Textile Group Articulation and the Material Girls.  It can be called a great success, the exhibition received  good publicity from the local press and we were supported not only by family and friends but also by local councillor Andrew Curtin and  the Deputy Mayor of Havering, Lynden Thorpe.

Over the next few days more images will be posted but to keep you going here's a taster of Thames Barges by the Material Girls.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

February - Nearly There!

Today was our last meeting before setting up our Exhibition next week.  So much to discuss and plan.  Everything is almost ready, a few last minute pieces to prep.  The work has arrived from our Canadian partners, Articulation Textile Group.  Lots of oooohs and aaahhhs as we all viewed it for the first time.
Our own work is a riot of colour, technique and interpretation.   The 3d pieces were seen today in their entirety, its so diverse how everyone interprets the theme of "water" for these.  And the flotilla which was assembled is also something I'm sure will make a very eye catching display.
As well as discussing last minute arrangement, who is bringing what and when... we also had a visit from a photographer, taking photos to support an article in the local press, so look out for that.

See our poster below for full information - but this little lady will be waiting to see you all.