The speaker at our well attended annual Branch Open Day was textile artist Cherrilyn Tyler whose talk was entitled “Journey Cloths”. She works on net and water soluble fabrics which she first started using many years ago when she was asked to make Elizabethan ruffs for an exhibition.
She was asked to visit Australia but unfortunately tore a tendon in her leg and found, due to her immobility, she was limited in choice for inspiration. Walking her dog on a regular basis in local fields Cherrilyn was able to compare the various seasons and create some amazing, very delicate pieces of textile art ready for the workshops.
Cherrilyn also showed us a design which was inspired by memories of childhood holidays on the beach in Norfolk and included a car park ticket, blackberries and rosehips. Using a completely different topic she showed us a design based on a rant about the election and another inspired by the Charge of the Light Brigade.
In answering questions from members, Cherrilyn explained that she always makes objects on the net or water soluble and never adds them on. She uses a hoop to keep the fabric taught and cream thread in the bobbin except for when she is creating dark objects. She does not do commissions because she likes creations to be her choice and not those of other people.
After the talk members and visitors enjoyed a cup of tea and a delicious selection of shortbreads, brownies and cakes provided by Committee Members.
Report and photos by Ros L