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Founders Award at New Plymouth Conference

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Jan 07 2014
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A new exhibition award will be introduced at New Plymouth Embroiderers’ Guild Conference 2014 ‘Textures of Taranaki’. Called the Founders Award it is very fitting that it celebrates those far-sighted women who were instrumental in forming our Guilds and our national body – the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guilds.

In keeping with this, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of ANZEG at Conference in New Plymouth, the unifying theme for the Award is ‘Ruby’. The Founders Award fund is steadily rising. We have heard that some Guilds are fundraising especially to send donations and that is really exciting. However you make your donation, as a Guild or a member, we thank you for your continued interest and support. There has been considerable interest in the practical aspects of submitting work for the Founders Award. These include:

  • The Conference Committee will, on receipt of a completed entry form for the award, supply the A4 card to display the work, and an A4 envelope for the delivery of the finished entry. No extra packaging is to be used.

  • The card is merely a means of displaying the embroidery and it is to be attached to the card so that the work hangs freely ie not wrapped or laced around the card.

  • The A4 card may be used for display either vertically or horizontally.

  • The embroidery may be any size and shape but must not extend beyond the edges of the A4 card.

  • The work may be a fragment or a complete statement.

  • The embroiderer chooses how to present the edges of the fabric. For example, it could be frayed, fringed, hemmed, blanket stitched, cut, tasselled, irregularly cut, torn or left as the found material. It will be interesting to view these individual works collectively. Some entrants may produce a new material made from an abundance of threads, colours and textures whilst others may choose a more restrained approach, concentrating on one ingredient and exploring that. Stories may emerge that reflect the interest and passions of the embroiderer. Old techniques may be validated or re-interpreted. The possibilities are endless. The challenge is to present a wide range of interpretations within that choice. However, one thing is sure – each piece will celebrate the use of fabric, thread and stitch and the joy of this occasion.

Margaret Knight

Last changed: Jan 11 2014 at 1:35 PM