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Newsletter - April 2010

 

The Arts and Crafts of Mexico

Our meeting on Tuesday 20th April was a colourful talk by Chloe Sayer on  artefacts that remain even today an essential part of Mexico’s culture, not merely an evocation of a vanished past. From her travels in that country, she showed slides of what in the main were, to us, primitive working surroundings but ones producing the most appealing textiles, silver jewellery, dance-masks, pottery and more. Which of us now doesn’t view the dental drill in a more friendly light after seeing the intricate ‘tree of life’ carved from bone (not human, presumably) by that instrument of torture? As well, Chloe told us much of the history of that fiery country and brought for us to view on stage a vivid collection of Mexican textiles.

And the most affecting image? Maybe that of a Mexican peasant woman, shyly displaying her glowing folk art from a distant country amidst the bustle of London Olympia’s Ideal Home Exhibition.

Silver Lady

We were delighted to have had with us on Tuesday, Miriam Hanid, a young and talented silversmith from Norwich. You may remember our November talk by Rosemary Ransome Wallis on contemporary silver; it was from Rosemary that we obtained details of Miriam’s work. When her piece-in-progress ‘Whirlpool Bowl’ was shown from the stage, an audible gasp of admiration rose from members. In the foyer after the lecture, Miriam displayed examples of her products and answered members’ questions. Should you wish to contact her for more information on her hand-made silver, she would be very pleased to hear by email on mizhanid@yahoo.co.uk.

NEW! A Local Quick Trip

We have organised a visit to a local craftsman to give us hands-on workshop demonstrations of a number of his skills, including furniture restoring, gilding, Japanning, French polishing, marquetry and parquetry. The cost for the Wednesday June 9th visit is £5 only.

Some members, we know, find long coach journeys inconvenient or have difficulty in allocating a whole day for visits to London museums, country houses etc.. With this in mind, and if the idea proves popular, we have other similar trips in mind. Please CLICK HERE to take you to full information on the June 9th visit.  Places are limited to 15 only. If wish to join the party, kindly respond very quickly as shown on the detailed page.

EXTRA SPECIAL INTEREST DAY 14TH APRIL

We listened engrossed to a morning lecture on our city’s renowned, home-grown artists of the nineteenth century, the Norwich School of Painters, then were welcomed by the owner to view of one of the country’s finest collections of such works. There’s a full report of the day with photographs on our website www.norwichdfas.co.uk. To access this, from our Home page, simply click on Visits & Events to the left of the page, then on the new page click the underlined blue heading: Extra Special Interest Day.

RENEWALS

Our ‘new year’ begins on May 1st. If any members have not yet renewed and intend to do so, would you please post now your Renewal Form, previously provided, with payment of £34 per head, to the address shown. If the Renewal Form has been mislaid, kindly contact Patrick Halpin, our Membership Secretary, at the address or number shown on your 2009/2010 Membership Card.

We will update all email addresses from May 1st.

 

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