‘The spring is sprung, the grass is ris’ as Spike Milligan once said.Last week we had a little glimpse of the sun and also a little glimpse of motivation here in The Material Girls land and I was spurred on to try and finish my panels for an exhibition we hope to stage this August if Covid gives us a break. Our topic has been ‘The enchanted garden ‘ and I have been engaged in all things Bee for this one ( although I must admit to suffering from Bee overload at this point). We started our journey to this exhibition in 2019 full of hope because 2021 is the group’s 20th anniversary and we had great plans for a mega celebratory exhibition at Rainham Hall. Unfortunately life ( or should I say global pandemic ) has intervened and plans have had to be scaled down and altered but we go forward with hope just as we did when I started the group with 6 members 20years ago ‘just for one exhibition’. All these years on I have lost count of the exhibitions, talks we have given, workshops we have led and projects we have been involved with but hopefully there will be many more adventures to be had and textile art to be created.
As with most groups our face to face meetings ended in March 2020 and since then we have been meeting via Zoom and instead of our once a month meeting we have met every two weeks. This not only helped give support to each other but also we hoped would keep us motivated with our work. Whether the later has worked I'm not one hundred percent sure, I think keeping motivated has been a struggle for us all and I know I fluctuate between being very productive and then go for weeks without really doing anything useful at all. During the first lockdown I was baking bread and cakes and had grand ideas of knitting, stitching and using my vast stash of fabrics and threads! There were plans for getting well ahead with my work for The Material Girls upcoming exhibition at The Maeldune Gallery in August 2021, I have ideas but not produced anything as yet, although I have made four baby quilts and another one still to do. At yesterday’s MG meeting we were asked what we will be putting into the exhibition so now I'm committed to actually producing at least four pieces, now I will get the ideas out of my head and actually get started.....
Two of the Baby Quilts.