Wednesday, 14 July 2010

End of Another Era

For the past three years I have been tutor and mentor to a group of embroiderers called "Zigzag". They were formed originally from my first class of City & Guilds students and over the years the group has lost some members, gained some others and gradually changed and evolved.

As a result the aims and objectives of the group have also evolved and changed and as happens this has not always been the same for all the members. And so sadly we all agreed that we have come to the end of an era and today was the last meeting of Zigzag.

Over the past year the ladies have been working to a theme based on the Arts and Crafts movement, following a study day at the V & A.

Their most recent challenge has been to produce a mixed media "tile" incorporating some embroidery, inspired by the work of the Arts and Craft artists.

What you see here is the finished results from five of the members. I'm sure you will agree this is stunning work.

It is always sad when something comes to an end but it has been an amicable parting and we were all agreed that it was time to move on. However, it has been an enriching and enjoyable three years for me... and I hope for the others too. We have had some good times, a lot of laughs and some amazing lunches (today was no exception)... not to mention the stunning work that has been produced.

So ladies of Zigzag, I would like to thank you all, wish you well and hope that I continue to see examples of your wonderful work in the future.

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for these photos. They are all so very different but all are wonderful. At least the ending was mutual and I'm sure friendships will endure.

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  2. It can be sad when things come to an end but you will have a lot of happy memories.

    The work is stunning!

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  3. What stunning work. And how very refreshing to find a group who can agree when the meetings are no longer fulfilling their needs, but still remain friendly. Well done ladies!

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  4. Just a thimbleful.....

    Working in a group is a very rewarding experience and firm friendships can result as I know myself. Lovely work - but then they had a good tutor!
    Onwards and upwards...

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  5. You have inspired your group to produce some stunning work.

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  6. Wonderful work, time for new challenges now and happy memories
    Twiggy x

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  7. Your ladies have produced some beautiful work under your guidance. I'm sure you'll be seeing their wonderful progress in the future. Wonderful too that they now have the confidence to decide on a new path. Good luck to all of them in their new journeys. (And to you of course as you'll maybe have a little more free time?)

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  8. I love that you are involved in so many different things! The work produced is amazing.

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  9. I love that you are involved in so many different things! The work produced is amazing.

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  10. What dottycookie said! I agree with every word :)

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  11. The work of the group is wonderful - you shoul be so proud that with your guidance they have achieved this - sad to see the end of an era - but hey ho you can have time to make some more cakes etc. etc.!!!!

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  12. Wow such fantastic work, now I'm panicking.
    It's a shame the group has come to an end, I'm sure you all had an enjoyable time.

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  13. What beautiful amazing work! Lucy xx

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  14. Goodness, I would give my eye teeth to own some of these pieces. Wow. Just stunning. It's the kind of effect I'm trying to achieve with my enamelling.

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  15. such beautiful and detailed work. Thanks for sharing the pics here.

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  16. What beautiful work the group has done. It is hard to see something come to an end but it also allows space for something new to begin!

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