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Next meeting could be at the National Quilt Exhibition if we have enough members who wish to attend. Please let Helga know if you are going to the festival and would like to meet with the other members.
Tilly has kindly agreed to set this up but needs to know numbers asap. The web site for the Festival is http://festival.quiltsouthafrica.co.za/. The venue is Heronbridge College in Fourways.
The suggestion is that we meet at 5.30 on either Wednesday or Thursday evening for an hour. We can discuss Roy's quilts - see page 2 in this newsletter.
MEETING ON 21 June AT TATHAM GALLERY
Members present: J. Gilks, P. Nicholson, S. Naidoo, O. Tolksdorf, A. McMaster, J.Faulds, S Akerman
Apologies: L. Malherbe, H. Beaumont, C Lemmer, M Pretorius, K Arbeter, C Knox, G Niederhumer, R Dace, G Gerhard, C Zelenka.
The Fibreworks meeting was hosted by the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg this time. After good coffee and delicious scones, we all congregated in the main gallery where we were joined by Bryoni Clark, Reena Bhoodram and Kobie Venter.
Igshaan Adams was exhibiting in the main gallery and we were all invited to comment on the significance and meaning of the works on show. A very lively and stimulating discussion ensued, as everyone, obviously, interpreted the work slightly differently. We all bring our own personal histories to any viewing and it was good to explore the reasons why we all decode artworks differently. Meaning arises from the interaction of the artwork with the spectator and consequently meaning shifts, depending on who we are.
FIBREWORKS XI EXHIBITION 2020
The venue is still being negotiated.
It was agreed that the following works/categories would be included in next year's exhibition:
In order to cut costs for Fibreworks Helga is prepared to bring some of Roy's works to the Johannesburg Festival in August. Please make the necessary arrangements to get there or ask someone who is going to bring you back a work. They are rather large and bulky so keep that in mind.
You may make anything 2D or 3D that embodies the spirit of collaboration.
Please note that the costs incurred for shipping your 3D items to and from the exhibition, will be for your account.
We have written a letter, on Rosalie's suggestion, to be sent to various galleries in the USA to exhibit Roy's works. Please find it printed below, for your interest. We realize the costs of an exhibition in the USA will be daunting, and will keep you posted on developments.
South African fibre artist Roy Starke died unexpectedly in 2018, leaving the bulk of his work to Fibreworks, a group of which he was a member. A prolific award-winning artist, Starke created exuberant fabric constructions which were painted, stitched, embroidered and embellished. Many appeared in publications and were exhibited nationally and internationally.
As recipients of this bequest, the Fibreworks group is now engaged in arranging exhibitions of his work, both nationally and internationally. We feel this would give a wider range of the public the opportunity to view and possibly purchase works from this remarkable and celebrated South African artist.
Would you like to have an exhibition of his work in your gallery? Knowing your interest in and commitment to showing unique work of international artists, we would like to offer you the opportunity to mount such an exhibition. Rosalie Dace - a well-known South African fibre artist who has taught for many years all over in the USA - suggested we contact you.
Please view some of Starke's works in the attached documents.
Here below, are the approximate dimensions of the works:
We look forward to hearing from you with a view to further communication, should you be interested in hosting a Roy Starke Retrospective show.
KwaZulu Natal Quilters Guild also asked Fibreworks to donate one of Roy's quilts to KwaZulu Natal Guild and Fibreworks have agreed to this. A quilt titled Mantis Moon at Hibberdene will now be raffled and the money raised will contribute to fundraising for the 2023 National Festival which will be held in KZN.
Here is the message that Gail sent after receiving the work:
"I am in awe this work of my boet is so beautiful, I don't have the words to describe how we are feeling, thank u so so much!!"
Thanks very much Odette for contacting Roy's sister and making sure that the artwork was safely delivered.
9 July 2019 - 17h00
The KZNSA requests interested professional artists to submit portfolios of work for consideration for a large scale decorating commission.
Please email PDF portfolios to email@example.com
Details needed for each piece:
Deadline Tuesday 9th July - 17h00
Only accepted artists will be contacted.
Best to you all
Jeanette and The Team