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MEETING ON 1 March AT HELGA BEAUMONT
Members present: J. Gilks, S. Naidoo, O.Tolksdorf, A. McMaster, L Malherbe, H. Beaumont, Sue Akerman
Apologies: C Lemmer, M Pretorius, M Stevens, K Arbeter, C Knox, G Niederhumer, M Letts, J Hearn, S Walwyn, R Dace, G Gerhard, C Zelenka.
It is with great sadness that we hear that Carolyn Kode has passed away after a short illness. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
National Quilt Exhibition in Gauteng
Venue Heronbridge College, Fourways, Johannesburg
Fibreworks will be a satellite exhibition at the Festival in August, and we call upon any of our Johannesburg members to help with this exhibition if they are able and willing. Please contact Helga if you are willing.
Sandra de Wet is the chief coordinator of the show is happy to hang our work, thankfully. I know that a number of you will also be exhibiting work at the National Quilt Festival. Tilly de Harde has kindly agreed to seek a venue at the Heronbridge College for our third meeting of the year. The venue is still to be confirmed. This will be a great opportunity for the Gauteng and visiting members to attend the meeting and to put forward any new ideas and to share all their news.
I have been corresponding with Sandra about the Fibreworks dimensions of the National show and this is what we have decided, in order to keep things sleek and simple:
Once they had arrived at Helga's after a somewhat hectic trip down from Gauteng, Odette and Helga and I proceeded to catalogue them into small, medium and large, taking note of any dates and titles, if there were any.
As we were processing the quilts, we came across one with the title 'With love to Mum'. Odette contacted Roy's sister who said her mother would be delighted to have the quilt! This artwork has gone to the person to whom it belongs…
A while ago Jutta Faulds had contacted Helga about Strauss and Company selecting art works for auctions. Helga then met up with Jutta and they went to the Tatham art gallery in Pietermaritzburg and spoke with the auctioneers. Helga took three of Roy's works, (Very Big, Big and Medium-Big were Roy's categories) and one of the works was selected to be auctioned in Johannesburg July! One of the Medium-Bigs ie about 1.5 x 1.5m.
Perhaps you know anyone who would be keen to buy it? Strauss suggested a reserve price of R18 000 on it and that they would be keen to sell more should this one prove to be appealing. We will have to wait and see. What a break for us! Thank You, Roy.
Enid Viljoen, a very good friend of Roy's and his protégé, is willing to assist us with the visual documentation of Roy's work. She is currently writing a book on Roy's work, and she is very willing to share images of Roy's work with us. Great. The KwaZulu Natal Quilters Guild have invited us to have a Roy Starke Exhibition at their August meeting and Enid has been invited to be the guest speaker. She may be possibly launching her book too. We will let you know more of these developments as they unroll.
At the meeting we agreed that we would select about thirty of his best wall hangings for exhibition and sale purposes. We are working on this.
Other artworks, sadly, are not in a very good condition. However, we all got very excited and enthusiastic when we decided to do something based on the following ideas. Details haven't been worked out, but let me share some of the conversations we had:
A number of Roy's works are in the region of 1,5 X 1,5 m and fall within the mixed media domain. What If we reworked On-Top-Of or Behind or Into, one of Roy's quilts? This is how it would work:
These artworks would be yours, and should the work sell, the money would be yours, once the various additional costs have been deducted. All that, however, still in the distant future at this stage. We will elaborate in the next newsletter. Meanwhile let us know your thoughts.
Who is interested? Give us some feedback!
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Best to you all
Jeanette and The Team