We set regular challenges for members, and use much of the work in our exhibitions. Sometimes a challenge is a single word; other challenges stipulate a technique or common colour or theme. The response to challenges is usually very varied, and members draw on their skills as designers, printers, quilters and embroiderers to produce original and inspirational pieces.
A selection of our recent challenge are:
2016 - “Decay”
A textile piece of any type, no more than 1.5m high or 1m wide
2017 - Colour book challenge
Create an altered book, sketch book or scrapbook based on one colour of your choice. Completely experimental and open to individual interpretation and creativity.
2017 - Sculpture garden challenge
Following a visit to the wonderful Hannah Peschar sculpture garden in Ockley, Surrey we each created a quilt inspired by the wooden cube sculpture by Walter Bailey called “Remember the tenderness of the earth”.
The quilts were displayed on a wooden cube at our first exhibition in October 2017
2018 - “Ever decreasing circles” A wall-hanging or quilt of up to A1 size, portrait or landscape
2018 - 3D challenge “Exploration”
A 3d piece of your choice, with at least 2 holes in it.
2018 - Inspiration objects
A challenge to create a small piece each month in response to an object brought in by a member. Objects included a fountain pen, an African bead necklace, rusty numerals from an old clock face and a jar of dried herbs.
2019 - “Cubism”
A small quilt inspired by a cubist interpretation of a vintage Singer sewing machine, to be displayed (on our wooden cube) in our October 2019 exhibition