On 17 March (St Patrick's Day, not that we noticed) instead of having a regular meeting, eight of us travelled to Nelson and took in a few galleries and met friends doing the same. Changing Threads at the Refinery Artspace was a big drawcard and for those who get excited about mixed media art there was plenty to see and ponder over. Two of our felter friends had work accepted, Christine Marks with a set of little brightly coloured teapots, one for every day of the week, and Cherrie Mitchell had a large nautilis shell shaped piece with extremely detailed texture. Well done girls. For weavers (or for me at least) the best woven pieces were two small tapestries by Trish Armour.
A visit to Fibre Spectrum lasted longer than we intended as we met Sue Broad who had attended a Stacey Harvey-Brown workshop in Northland. She had her samples to show us and that's where we got really excited. Thank you Sue. Now we look forward to Stacey's workshop here on 4 & 5 April.
Out to Mapua, we made a visit to Joint Works Studio to see weaver Jane Clark and her woodworker and photographer husband Tony. Jane is Anne Field's daughter and she had just taken delivery of Anne's last book from the printer -- Learn to Weave with Anne Field. We were able to buy a copy for our library and were delighted with the quality and content of it and the many colourful photos. A perfect book for a new weaver and a lovely reminder of Anne.