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Our new committee have taken over but we still need a couple more committee members.  Please let the committee know if you would like to join the team.  It’s nothing arduous and you learn a lot along the way.  New members who join the committee can be co-opted.

 The committee meetings in future will be at White Notley Village Hall at 9 am. on the day the guild meets.


We are now having Zoom Committee meetings and any news will be sent to members (mostly by email) in the monthly catchup round robin.  If there is anything you feel we should discuss, please contact Chris Applebee.   Many thanks

PLEASE NOTE;

The Actual June Meeting has been deferred to the 4th Saturday June 26th as we may be able to meet at White Notley by then.

The July 17th meeting will be at White Notley Hall.  The Friendship day has been postponed till next year as Grange barn might not be available.

The August meeting will be on the second Saturday 14th August as the Assoc. Summer School is on at Writtle this year and begins on the 15th Aug.  This was discussed at the AGM as some of our members are enrolled for courses and there’s a sales day on the 21st which many members might like to go to.


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We have added an extra lecture in June (0n the actual guild day) as our meeting at White Notley on the 26th may have to be cancelled due to covid regulations? Then we would have nothing that month.  This way we will definitely have something to look forward to.  

On Saturday 19th June at 2 pm , we will be joined by Japanese weaver Momoka Gomi for a journey through colour and texture, in Japanese culture and in her own weaving practice.  Throughout her training to become a Kimono dresser from the age of 17, Momoka Gomi learnt the value of textiles and the preciousness of each piece of fabric.  One of the 2019 cohort of Crafts Council-supported Hothouse Makers, Momoka weaves on a mechanical dobby loom at her Nottingham studio, mainly using cotton denim and silk yarns.  Her influences include memory, recollection, and the progression of wisdom and beauty, in both life and weaving, which comes with the passage of time.  


 

Cambridge Guild are holding their Open Studios through July 2021. All information on their website.  There’s a link to this on our home page.

 

This is an Email from Mary Schoeser of the School of Textiles in Coggeshall


Many thanks for taking my call and agreeing to help with my search. The details are as follows


The School of Textiles in Coggeshall has recently taken in a large collection of paperwork and samples, many relating to the great weaver Ella McLeod, who founded the textile course at Farnham in 1949. Prior to that she had taught at Howell's in Denbighshire from c.1933-44 (and then spent the intervening years doing an influential study of the importance of craft teaching in secondary schools, leading to the development of the first 'A' and 'O' level textile courses). We are in the process of making a list of all of this.


Several years ago, Mary Schoeser gave a talk to a weavers' group meeting in Chelmsford, where among those attending was someone who afterwards mentioned that she had been a student of Ella's at Howell's. Mary, now Patron of the School of Textiles, would very much like help in locating that person, since her memories of those days will be invaluable. Any leads - or a response from that individual - can be sent to Mary at schoeser@aol.com.


Any other memories of Ella would, of course, be very welcome!

For more information about the School see www.schooloftextiles.co.uk

- and I've copied Charlotte and Sue, who are doing the cataloguing of the collection.

It would be wonderful if this works, and I appreciate you sending this information on to your own newsletter editor.

all best wishes

Mary





 

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