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MAY 2021 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

What are your plans for May? Creative projects? Mother’s Day celebrations? Autumn gardening? Preparing artwork for the NCEATA exhibition “Found”?

We had a really interesting lively and helpful ‘book discussion’, facilitated by host, Ann Dean-Pijpers at the April meeting. I felt I got to know members a lot more as they enthusiastically talked about favourite art books which inspire their work. I really enjoyed the session. Thank you, Ann - this was far more than a book review, but an exercise in sharing and connecting with members. … And thanks to Ann, the NCEATA program is now set for the rest of 2021 , with just a few “meeting host” spots still to be filled. Please contact Ann or one of the committee members if you would like to volunteer.

Congratulations and thanks to all NCEATA members who submitted beautiful work to make the stand at the Hunter Art Bazaar on 11 April such a success. It was a very windy day, and while we battled to keep artworks from flying away, we made many good sales. Thanks especially to Coordinator, Susanne Boulton and Treasurer Sue Russell for their additional work to make these markets a positive feature of the NCEATA year.

May Meetings (Monday 4/5/21 and Saturday 15/5/21) sound like lots of fun. They will both be workshop based - Wendy Scott with 3D silk flowers, and Judi Nikoleski with dry/needle felting. Information about these is elsewhere in this newsletter. Hope you’re able to participate in one or both of these meetings.

A reminder that the Annual General Meeting will be held in July. Please start considering which position you would like to take, to assist NCEATA remain the wonderful group it is. All committee positions will be declared vacant. If you are interested in taking a position and are unsure, please chat with me or any of the current committee members. At the AGM, we will also be reviewing the constitution and bylaws. Thanks to Merrie How and Carolyn Clausen, this task will be worked on over the next month.

The very long awaited workshop with Gaye Nieuwenhof has again been postponed to a date in August. As soon as I have confirmation, I will inform all participants who have already registered for this.

If you happen to be in the Campbelltown area, I hope you will have time to drop into the Macarthur Textile Network exhibition “Looking Back, Looking Forward” at Campbelltown Art Centre. NCEATA has an association with MTN - we are similar groups and I am sure they would appreciate any support we can offer for their exhibition. I have included information in this newsletter.

Be creative, regards,

Wilma Simmons, Caretaker President
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APRIL 2021 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

I hope no one has been too badly affected by the heavy rains and flooding in the area … just when we were becoming a bit complacent with Covid controlled for the moment, Nature reminds us that we are not in control. If any member needs assistance, please do not hesitate to ask. NCEATA is not just about creative embroidery and textile art, we are also here for one another.

Thanks to everyone who braved the weather for the Saturday meeting in March and especially to Sue Russell for her challenging and stimulating exercise on blanket stitch. Many thanks too to Ruth Spence who facilitated another slow stitching session at the March Monday meeting. Both meetings were very enjoyable and were extremely helpful in developing new stitching skills.

The meeting dates and times until August 2021 are published at the end of this newsletter. After hearing that our previous venue is not yet hiring their spaces to groups other than those conducting church activities, the Hamilton Community Hive has been booked for the next five months, including our Annual general Meeting in July.

The mention of the AGM was just my attempt to segue into the future of NCEATA. The meeting changes trialled this year will be reviewed at the AGM, so please jot down the things you like and dislike at meetings, so we have thoughtful feedback in July. At the AGM, we also hope to have recommendations prepared to amend the constitution., Thanks to Merrie How who will lead the group, reviewing the constitution AND … All committee positions will be declared vacant, and while some members may stand again for committee positions, please give serious consideration to the three executive positions - president, secretary and treasurer as the incumbents in these positions will not be renominating. These positions must be filled for NCEATA to continue into 2021-2022. Over the next few months, there are opportunities to “shadow” in these positions to learn a little more about what each position entails - please contact me if you are interested.

Hope you are all working on an artwork for the exhibition “Found” at the end of the year.

Be creative, regards
Wilma Simmons, Caretaker President
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MARCH 2021 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Thank you, NCEATA members - the year has started so well for NCEATA with an enthusiastic record number attendance both January and February. A big thank you to Ruth Spence who conducted the last three meetings and initiating the review of NCEATA. We all appreciated the slow stitching exercises - a contrast in meetings with a much smaller group at the Monday meeting, but both were most enjoyable. These meetings were also a trial of the new look “show and tell” - please let me know what you think of this and how it fits in with the meeting plan.

The next meeting will be the March Saturday meeting, and this short newsletter will be to cover that meeting, and from now on, the newsletter will be published straight after the Saturday meeting so that it will be a reminder for both meetings in the month. Many thanks to Judi for the new format newsletter and to Ann Dean-Pijpers who is preparing a full year’s program as this newsletter is being written.

The committee will meet on 12 March, so if there is an issue that you would like considered, please contact one of the committee to put that item on the agenda.

A reminder that NCEATA has made a commitment to participate in the Newcastle Fringe Festival Market on 21 March at the Newcastle Station precinct 4pm -8pm. Susanne Boulton is coordinating our stall. If you have goods for sale, please complete the form provided and deliver your goods to Susanne at the meeting on 20 March, or make an arrangement to deliver them on the day.

Please also remember that the theme for our next exhibition is “Found”. Judi Nikoleski is the coordinator of this exhibition, so please direct any inquiries to Judi … it’s already March and before we know it, the art works will be due.

“Brooching the Subject “is a textile brooch competition and exhibition sponsored by Timeless Textiles. If you are interested in making brooches using a textile /fibre art related technique, please go to the gallery website for an entry form - entry date has been extended to 22 March.

For all updates, please join and visit the NCEAA members’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nceatamembers. Looking forward to seeing you at the NCEATA meeting,

Wilma Simmons, Caretaker President
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FEBRUARY 2021 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Times are a ‘changing . . . it may be a surprise to you that I am writing the “president’s” note for this newsletter. In the absence of an election of a vice-president at the last AGM, and because Carolyn is on leave of absence from these duties at the moment, I have stepped into her shoes as a caretaker president, from the committee meeting on 29 January until the July AGM. I would like to recognise Carolyn’s amazing contribution as NCEATA president, especially in such difficult times and the support of the current committee - thank you sincerely.

Like many groups, the Covid year has presented NCEATA with the opportunity to reassess its direction and operation. Thanks to Ruth Spence who has led this discussion, and to all who contributed individually or at the January meeting. There have been quite a few strongly supported recommendations, some of which can be acted on immediately, and others which because of venue uncertainty may take a little longer to implement. Considering the ‘voting’ patterns, the committee has endorsed a trial of the recommendations regarding meetings - timing, style/agenda, show and tell display, and coordination. Some other suggestions such as the development and support of social media presence, the abolition of exhibition entry fees and a strengthening of community connections in the style of ‘textile tasters ‘will also be actioned. For at least the next two meetings, NCEATA will meet at “The Hive”, Beaumont Street, Hamilton with a Saturday afternoon meeting and a Monday morning meeting. All of the recommendations and any further discussion will be led by Ruth at the next two meetings and all minutes of meetings and summaries of the “change” discussion will be available to members at these meetings.

Congratulations to members who participated in the “Fusion” exhibition, to the admin team and the gallery volunteers. I am happy to report that one of the aspects of NCEATA that appeared to be worth “saving” was the annual exhibition. I hope you are all now looking forward to the next, “Found”. (Please see separate Exhibition report).

This is such an exciting time for NCEATA - I hope that proposed changes will revitalise our meetings and make them more accessible and relevant to everyone, members and visitors alike. Thanks to Wendy Scott who introduced many of us to some fun products in January. I look forward to seeing what members did with these various fabrics and threads. I hope you will enjoy ‘having a go’ at the meeting mini workshops and activities planned for 2021 … “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?” –Michelle Obama Hope to see many of you at the February meeting - stay creative!

Wilma Simmons, Caretaker President
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JANUARY 2021 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Welcome members, old and new to NCEATA 2021. Who knows how this year will develop. The good news is that we have a temporary venue until clearance is given to meet back at The Grove. Latest information is that it will be after vaccinations for Covid have been done which is an unknown time at this stage.

Our first meeting will be at the Hamilton Community Hive on Saturday 16th January 10am to 1pm. This is the hall next to the Uniting Church (known as Wesley) in Beaumont St. It has a ramp access and good kitchen facilities. Being a Saturday there should be parking nearby.

I encourage as many members as possible to attend as the review will help determine the future of NCEATA. If you’re unable to attend your input is still important so you could contact us via email with your ideas. It was pleasing to see 14 members at NCEATA’s Picnic in the Park in Lambton Park on Sat 21st November 2020. There was plenty of opportunity to mingle informally and catch up with others under the shade of an enormous fig tree.

The essential positions were filled at this meeting: president, secretary, treasurer, exhibition, webmaster and public officer although it’s yet again just moving the deck chairs between the same old faces. Thanks to Ann Dean-Pijpens for taking on librarian from Rhonda who moved to secretary and Judi who took on exhibitions from Wilma. It is disappointing that other members aren’t prepared to take on a role as some of the committee are ready to move on. There will definitely be positions that need to be filled in July 2021 as both the treasurer, Sue Russell and the president are stepping down.

Our exhibition “ Fusion” continues throughout January until the 31st. Thank you to Wilma and Lyn for their organisation, Wilma, Ruth and Ann-Maree the installation and all who have volunteered to sit the gallery.

Thanks to Daniela Glassop for establishing the NCEATA members site on fb as a way to help disseminate information. Great initiative Daniela. Need inspiration for your exhibition pieces in 2021? Try joining the Facebook group Printing with Found Objects.

Carolyn Clausen
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NOVEMBER 2020 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

NCEATA’s Picnic in the Park will happen in Lambton Park on Sat 21st November 2020. Bring your chair and a small share plate or your own food. We’ll supply the tables and gazebo. Coffee shops are nearby.

We’ll have the AGM at 10am then time to mingle and catch up. Maybe you can show your latest creativity during lockdown.

It is essential that the following positions at least are filled at this meeting: president, secretary, treasurer, exhibition, webmaster and public officer.

A reminder that only financial members can vote or stand at elections.

If inclement weather we can adjourn to the hotel opposite the park. Thank you to those who have renewed their membership for 2020-21. A reduced rate of $30 this year as meetings were suspended. We still had to pay insurance, HAN membership, Art Bazaar sites, website and sundries.

Three of our hard working committee members, Judi Nikoleski – webmaster and editor, Wilma Simmons – exhibitions, and Daniela Glassop – media, have been very active.

Judi’s Un-Tamed exhibition remains at Timeless Textiles until 6 Dec and Wilma will be pushing the Envelope in May 2021.

Daniela has a range of her original designs printed onto fabrics that are now available online at: https://www.digitalfabrics.com.au/fabric-shop/ Our usual meeting venue is still unavailable but I’m anticipating being able to hold our general meeting in January.

Carolyn Clausen
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SEPTEMBER 2020 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Strange times are the new norm. I’ve lost count of the number of masks that I’ve made. At least it’s got my mojo back and I’m enjoying being in my workroom again. You may have seen one of our Life Members, Shirley in recent TV ads for a pharmacy, my that girl gets around. I also received an email from Gay Grillmeier that I’d like to share with members as it touched my heart when I read it.

Dear Caroline, I have decided not to renew my NCEATA membership this year. My son is not happy with me driving from Gosford to Newcastle anymore. I need to listen to my son. I have been a member for about 25 years or more. Can’t remember exactly how many. I have loved every minute of being a member of NCEATA I have learned so much, had fun doing creative sewing, sharing my skills with others, enjoying the friendship of like minded people. I wish you all the best for the future. Thanks you so much Cheers, Gay Grillmeier

PS: Thanks for your reply. Yes, It would be good to publish my letter in the newsletter, letting all my NCEATA friends know how much I appreciated their friendship.

We’ll miss Gay at our meetings but I hope that our paths cross over sometime.Unfortunately meetings remain cancelled until further notification. There has been no response to continued requests to fill the vacancies on the committee. I’d like to have held a committee meeting by now to determine how we proceed from here and will do so with the remnants of the 2019-2020 committee.

Some activities are taking place that might interest members: > 2020 Waste to Art registrations will appeal to those who work sustainably. It’s supported by Lake Macquarie sustainable neigbourhoods. > Untethered fibre artists inc. exhibition at Muswellbrook Art Centre is currently on and worth a visit. Some of us went last year to their exhibition at Hornsby – maybe a day out? >A late notice for the Hunter Valley Art Fair @ Pokolbin over the long weekend has gained lots of interest. Unfortunately only outside stalls remain but if any members are interested please contact me ASAP. I’m unable to attend so it would require enough members interested to participate as NCEATA.

I’m following the adage “Stay safe, keep well, be happy” by wearing my mask and using the sanitiser, maintaining good health with my daily Aquafitness at Charlestown Swim Centre (highly recommend), Tai Chi at Mereweather and keeping in touch with family and friends as much as possible.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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AUGUST 2020 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Strange times we live in… There’s a new normal in our daily routine. At least as textile artists you shouldn’t be too bored but loneliness is another byproduct of our social isolation. Have you been able to log onto some interesting websites or blogs? Perhaps you would you like to share these with fellow members?

Unfortunately meetings are cancelled until further notification. The Grove board will determine when the hall is ready to accept us back. COVID rules will be made by them for us to adhere to. We’ll have to improvise the AGM that is usually held in July. Usually have vacancies are filled voluntarily by self nomination. Ironically there are more than the normal amount of vacancies as several committee members have notified that they would not fill their position in 2020-21 pre Covid.

Vacancies that require filling are: secretary, assistant secretary, exhibition coordinator, newsletter editor, travelling suitcase coordinator. I will again fill the role of president unless someone else would like to fill this position as I have held either secretary or president for many years. Judi needs to be replaced as newsletter editor after 9 years in the role and Wilma has requested that she be replaced as Exhibition Coordinator after several years. Emailed nominations are to be forwarded to me, president@nceata.org ASAP.

These positions have been advertised several times in our newsletter without any response. Please consider taking on one of these vacancies as the group depends on these being filled. Some committee members have more than one role which is unfair when there are so many members. A description of each role is published in this newsletter and support from previous officers has been offered. In regard to the secretary, the role could be split between a Saturday and Monday nomination.Please nominate for any of these positions.

We’ve been advised that the Living Smart festival at Speers Point is cancelled - new date is 17-21 Sept 2021. The Stitches and Craft at Newcastle Entertainment Centre .9-11 Oct is cancelled so the pieces for “Gold Fusion” will be the basis for 2021 travelling suitcase. The Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair has been rescheduled to 29 Oct -1 Nov.

Anyone who had been to the Sewing Basket shop or saw them at last years S & C show will be pleased to know that they are currently outfitting a shopfront at Kincumber. Achieve Australia is a disability support organisation that runs the Sewing Basket. They accept donations of textile items, fabrics, haby, patterns etc and sell at very reasonable prices,

Finally have you been following our facebook page that Daniela manages? Please be mindful when making comments that it represents our association and it is not the place to write adverse notes about local businesses as these are not representative of NCEATA’s ethics.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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MAY 2020 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Happy Mother’s Day to all those mothers, daughters, carers and women. A time to reflect on the value of mothers and women rather than celebrate in the commercial sense.

It’s been an interesting time that we’ll all remember being without our loved ones physically but keeping them close in many other ways. It may be that we can resume meetings in a few month’s time. Hopefully none of you have been too adversely affected by the isolation. Indeed some such as Wilma, Sue, Connie, Wendy and Daniela have not missed a beat via their facebook photos.

I had a lovely time making felt poppies that I shared with the neighbourhood. Maybe this can be my Anzac Day tradition. It most certainly got a lot of comments from locals.

I thought that I’d share some past workshops with you in case you need inspiration for Fusion and Gold Fusion. I really enjoyed a workshop with Robin Ihnen years ago on making silk paper. She was also one of the tutors recently. The notes that I made years ago are in this newsletter.

A lesson learned

I was at a friend’s house on Friday and she showed me her dining room chair that she thought had a tear in the upholstery. I thought that it was a burn mark although no smokers in her house. She rang today to say that her son was sitting in the chair on his Mother’s Day visit and noticed a burn mark on her dining table.

He realised that the bright flickers were coming through the magnifying glass attached to her craft lamp that she uses for jigzaws. Fortunately only a chair and table damaged and not a house fire, Needless to say the magnifying glass in no longer on the lamp by the window.

All the best wishes from your president.

Carolyn Clausen
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APRIL 2020 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

WOW! Interesting times we live in. In cancelling our March meetings by being cautious we now find ourselves not only cancelling future meetings but all other activities until given the green light. So many people affected, many now in dire circumstances.

Fusion and Gold Fusion to give us something to work on. I’ve many UFOs as well. I’m sure that you have too.

Keep safe in isolation. Be creative in your time out from social activities,

All the best wishes from your president.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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MARCH 2020 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Our thoughts have been with Helen Tolhurst, a long time member who recently lost her life partner Paul after a long illness. Take care Helen.

Thanks to Sandra Cooke and Judi Nikoleski for coordinating the exhibition and workshops at Charlestown Library during January and February. Following on from the Creative Textiles held for the public, Fusion Techniques at both Saturday and Monday meetings for members was enormously successful with a very large attendance on the Monday. Thanks to the members who demonstrated and gave mini workshops. Maija with fusing techniques, Dry Felting with Anne-Marie using embellishers, Robin on making silk paper and Margaret and Wilma on collage and stitch. The feedback on each of these sessions was very positive.

International Women’s Day on Sunday March 8th will be celebrated at Timeless Textiles with the auction of Fearless Flowers. Anne and Wilma invite all members and their friends to join them. Many members have been involved in attending the weekly workshops or by making flowers for this event.

The committee will be meeting on Monday 9th March at South Leagues Club at 10am. Committee and members can provide items for the agenda by emailing Lee-Anne Deegan secretary@nceata.org

One of the items will be the future of the activities that we held at Charlestown library for children and adults during our recent exhibition there. Again, this was very well attended by adults who previously had not been aware of NCEATA. Should we decide to continue with these workshops a subcommittee will be needed to manage this. Are you interested?

Anyone who may be interested in taking a position at the AGM in July is welcome to attend. Several major positions will need to be filled this year including president, secretary and exhibition so please consider taking on one of these roles.

Are there any member/s who would be prepared to take over the Living Smart Festival that is held each year at Speers Point Park from Trish Thompson?

From the Public Officer
There were 51 financial members as of 28 Feb 2020. New members include Sue McIntire and Angela Roberts. Welcome ladies.

All the best wishes from your president.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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JANUARY 2020 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

The opening of our exhibition Cosmic Dreaming was well attended by members and visitors who appreciated the diversity of the works on show.

How long ago it seems that the topic was received with intrepidation! Jen Florey who is a member of the well-respected textile group Untethered alluded to the need to challenge ourselves as artists and commented that we had achieved that aim. Thanks to our Exhibition Convenor Wilma her team of Lyn and Ruth, and to the barmen Jim and Vlase as well as each of the members who contributed their work to achieve such success.

The exhibition at Charlestown library, Creative Threads continues to be on show with much interest by the community. As works are sold, they are replaced so that new work is displayed. Thank you to Sandra and Judi for organising the exhibition and to Lake Macquarie city Council for providing such opportunities to reach a different audience.

With planning well underway for 2020 I hope that you take the opportunities offered. The committee have done a marvellous job of trying to provide myriad opportunities for you to either learn new techniques or polish your skills using textiles. By publishing the yearly calendar you can better plan for future workshops and exhibitions.

I wish you all a creative 2020. Some of our members have recently been inflicted with poorer health and mishaps so to them I hope for a speedy recovery, especially to our superb secretary Lee-Anne who has broken her hand.

On a personal note, I’m currently making my granddaughter’s wedding dress. Definitely a labour of love having already beaded over 650 beads with more to go! I remember as a 10 year old being allowed to bead wedding dresses that my mum had made.

I’ve promised myself to be proactive and complete work for Fusion. This might necessitate me learning to say “no” and sticking to it.

All the best wishes from your president.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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NOVEMBER 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

How many of you always saved the best for last? As a child I always saved my favourite foods for last. Probably still do. Well, at NCEATA we’ve saved the best for last by having so many events to involve you as members. Creative Threads Exhibition at Charlestown Library’s a new venture for us, Art Bazaar (not one but two this year) at Lambton Park then again in the grounds at the opening of Lake Mac Art Gallery at Booragul, Cosmic Dreaming Exhibition at Timeless Textiles, the Travelling Suitcase for 2020 and then the workshops at Charlestown Library. We celebrate Christmas not once but twice at each meeting in November - thanks to the hostesses Rhonda and Ruth.

It’s extremely gratifying when members share success stories with us. Congratulations to Trish Thompson whose quilt was purchased by the Regal Cinema as a gift for Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown. It doesn’t get much better than that!

As president, I’d like to especially thank all those who have contributed to our continued success as a collaborative and supportive community group who inspires our members in so many ways.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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OCTOBER 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

The committee will next meet on Mon 14 October at 10am at South’s Leagues Club to review the three major events in September: Craftfully, Living Smart and Stitches and Craft.

What a bust month we’ve just had. Although Craftfully was cancelled with little notice I’d like to thank Tara for her effort towards this event. I do hope that those who were going to assist her were not too put out. An apology to anyone who didn’t receive our last minute notification.

An enormous thank you to those who responded to my very late SOS to assist in setting up Stitches and Craft when I realised that Rhonda was still in Glasgow the day before. Members took over the hanging with enthusiasm and the task was completed in record time. Thanks Ruth, Pam, Wendy, Tara and Ann-Maree for responding. Rhonda was pleasantly surprised by our “Lunar Dreaming” and was able to stand back (jetlagged on her feet?) and observe while we had everything in hand. Thanks to all those members who were on duty at NCEATA during the event. Many doubling up with Fearless Flowers and Gumnut Dollies.

Finally, a thank you to Trish, Susanne, Ruth and Tara who represented NCEATA at the Living Smart Festival. Trish did a magnificent job in directing our focus at meetings on repurposing household linens. Members’ responses produced some interesting results. Thanks Trish. And to Mick for his invaluable assistance in setting up and transport.

Ann Dean Pijpens will be host in October meetings and Ruth in November. Have you thought about being one of our hostesses for a meeting?

Carolyn Clausen, President
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SEPTEMBER 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Have you been thinking of the moon lately? Been humming “Blue Moon”? Does .. come to mind or do you see a “bad moon rising”. Let’s see these moons in orbit at our display at the Stitches & Craft Show this year. We need lots more Lunar Dreaming to complete the display in the standard that we have previously attained.

Apologies for the error in August newsletter re slow stitching with Wilma as she was already in Nepal. Thank you to the Saturday members who attempted the paper bag challenge for S&C that she and Ann Maree had prepared.

Vale Maureen Grealy. Members may remember Maureen as a talented patchwork and quilter and as a member of Novacastrian Quilters.

Three major events in September: Craftfully coordinated by Tara Mann, Stitches and Craft coordinated by Rhonda Porter and Sustainability coordinated by Trish Thompson. Thank you all for your efforts.

Alterations to the S&C roster, add Shirley Bjornsson to Thursday, delete Merrie on Saturday.

As committee meetings are being held independent of our meeting we should be able to start the general meetings at 10am promptly, with minimum of business followed by Show and Tell, then onto the focus for the day. Please put any items to give away on the side table so as not to interrupt the meeting so that we start on time.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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AUGUST 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Welcome to Ruth and Tara as new committee members. Ruth as Vice President (although we all suspected that she had a bit of vice in her) and Tara as Craftfully and Travelling Suitcase Coordinator (here’s hoping Mr Right arrives in one of the suitcases). It’s always difficult to fill vacancies so their acceptance is very much appreciated. Now, to work on filling the current vacancies.

The incoming committee had a very successful planning meeting at Souths Leagues on Mon 29 July where we were able to organise 2019-2020. An initiative we are going to try is asking members to volunteer to be hostess for each meeting on a roster basis so that no one person has the responsibility all year. This will entail getting the milk, setting up the hospitality area, ensuring the urn is filled etc and closing up after the meeting. As meetings and workshops have already been planned the duties should be less onorous. What month/day are you available?

The committee will next meet on Mon 14 October to review the three major events in September: Craftfully, Living Smart and Stitches and Craft. My, we do have a lot to focus on in August.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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JULY 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

What a wonderful way to finish the year with the Coptic Book Binding workshop by Maija at our last meetings. I’m definitely inspired to follow up on this technique. Although a bit sceptical about working with paper. I’m now a convert. Thanks Maija.

July marks the new year 2019-2020 for NCEATA starting with the AGM on Saturday 20th July. Then it’s full steam ahead until our exhibition in December. A reminder that fees are now due from 1 July 2019. Payment can be made at the AGM. Membership must be current to vote in the AGM. If possible I encourage you to pay online to make our job of keeping lists current easier.

Rhonda has the Stitches and Craft Show in hand. Have you completed your piece to hand into her at the meetings? Did you see coverage of the moon landing recently? I often find it difficult to focus on my exhibition pieces. Do you? By completing the paperwork and sending it to Lyn Adamson I’ve been able to become more focused and organised. She needs submissions ASAP. Members are continually working on projects for the Living Smart Festival on Saturday 28th September at Speers Point Park. Thanks to Trish for her inspirations and ideas on how to repurpose and recycle obsolete textiles. I’m looking forward to seeing the results at the Festival. We’ll be having a double site, with power again this year so that we can further show visitors how they too can use these skills.

The convict bonnets will be on display at the Lovett Gallery in Newcastle City Library with the opening on Tuesday 30th July at 5.30. The event is called “They Sent Me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter” as the book will be launched at this event. Free tickets are available at librarycms@ncc.nsw.gov.au.

Helen Tolhurst, a long time member has a display of her amazing work “Enchanted places” at Readers Café East Maitland until 27th July. Well worth a visit (not open Sundays). Congratulations to Judi Nikoleski on her and husband Vlase’s recent exhibition and her 2nd prize Mixed Techniques with “Ethnic Perspective” at the Sydney Quilt Show 2019 (www.quiltnsw.com/quiltshow/professional).

At our last meeting we elected to give a donation of $250 to Seven Sisters, an organisation that Wilma and her friend Pam are going to Nepal in August. The donation will enable one girl, who has disabilities to go to school for a year. A most worthwhile recipient for us to support.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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JUNE 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Almost the end of this year with the AGM to be held on Saturday 20th July. Please consider taking on one of the vacant positions viz: Exhibition Coordinator, Travelling Suitcase Coordinator, Saturday and Monday Coordinators. After holding President and Secretary positions for several years I’m ready to pass over President. Any takers?

We had 12 members enrolled to do Marie-Therese’s workshop on Sublimation on two consecutive Saturdays. Day one focused on learning the principles and basics using disperse dyes. The second day we created some amazing designs using Marie-Therese’s sublimation techniques and we all went home eager to continue experimenting thanks to our mini dye pots.

30 of us met at Hamilton TAFE to acknowledge 40 years of NCEATA. Previous members included Suzie Bowring Miller, Jan Cummings, Narelle DeLosa, Margaret Ferguson, Denise Gill, Margaret Laughlin, Kate Pattison, Marcelle Sandeman and Sue Shute.

After a delicious meal designed, cooked and served by the Hospitality students Sandra brought out old photo albums. Lots of memories were shared and laughter abound regarding some of the fashions of the era.

Living Smart Festival paperwork has arrived for Saturday 28th September at Speers Point Park.. We’ll be having a double site, with power again this year. Does anyone have upholstery sample fabrics in their stash that they’d like to pass over as I’d like to make a few skirts for Living Smart. Please bring to June or July meetings.

As the Stitches and Craft Show coincides this year with Living Smart we’ll need lots of members to volunteer, especially on Saturday 28th Septeber. If you’re unsure. Let us know and you will be paired with a member who has done it before.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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MAY 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Let’s use Sunday 12th to celebrate all the amazing women in our families whether they be a mother, grandmother, daughter, sibling, aunt, niece, mother or daughter in law. Each one is unique and deserves to be celebrated, not just mothers. I’ll be spending my day with my family celebrating my three score years and ten.

We have 12 members enrolled to do Marie-Theresa’s workshop on Disperse Dyes and Transfer Printing.

25 past and present members are coming to the dinner at Hamilton TAFE on 21st May.

There are still seats remaining so if you’d like to come please let me know and pay before 13th May as final numbers will be due then.

Art Bazaar and Living Smart have fuelled my creativity and I’ve been productive. Have you?

Carolyn Clausen, President
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APRIL 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Firstly, our thoughts are with Jim and Wilma as we wish him a speedy recovery. Jim is the quiet supporter behind Wilma's enthusiasm.

Usually it's not until later in the year that we have a lot happening, however May is an extremely busy month this year.

Art Bazaar's on 4th May at Speers Point Park. Plenty of table space still available.

Our special 2 day workshop with Marie-Therese Wisniowski on the 18th and 25th. Have you enrolled yet?

21st May is our 40th aniiversary dinnerat Hamilton TAFE. Are you coming along to share an evening of friendship without having to bring pins and needles. Bookings now being taken.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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MARCH 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Rhonda has created our latest challenge that all members can contribute towards. I’m looking forwards to see our display at Stitches and Craft inspired by the maroon and lunar theme. Have you had creative thoughts already?

It’s only through the dedication of committee members that NCEATA continues to be so successful. As with any progressive organisation it’s critical that new blood is introduced to ensure a dynamic culture. With this in mind, please consider putting up your hand for two important vacancies that will occur at our AGM in July.

A new Exhibition coordinator to replace Wilma is essential. (Yes, I know that Wilma can’t be replaced but she’ll be available to support the incoming coordinator. Thank you to Lynne Adamson who will be assisting Wilma as an Administrative Assistant, Exhibitions. The Travelling Suitcase Coordinator’s role will also be available so please consider this one as well. Sandra has developed a system to coordinate this role. It requires someone who is available Dec-Jan.

I’m looking to have a member take over as president as I’ve held several positions at NCEATA over a long time and would like a successor to shadow me this year.

Anyone visiting Sydney might be interested in The Sewing Basket (the shop that supports Achieve Australia, previously situated at Meadowbank). It is a treasure chest (actually warehouse) of all things textiles. New address is Unit 5, 2 Holker St Newington and now opened Mon-Fri 9-2, 1st Sun & 3rd Sat each month.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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FEBRUARY 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

I was very pleased to see new members and visitors at the January meetings. Many of us were challenged by the activity of creating continuous bias, thanks Judi.

Who else is no the search for vintage or old linen, especially linen tea towels to repurpose into clothing to wear and/or sell at Living Smart Festival later this year. Many ideas were shared so I’m looking forward to seeing results later on.

I’m delighted to announce that we have a date locked in for a dinner to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. The date is Tuesday 21st May 2019 at Hamilton TAFE.

Hospitality students in training prepare and serve a delicious two course meal so keep this date aside to join past and present members. Anyone with special dietary requirements will be catered for. More information to come.

I’ll collect any Convict Bonnets at both February meetings so that I can pass them onto Newcastle Family History Society.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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JANUARY 2019 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Becoming a member of NCEATA encourages and fosters our creativity in whatever textile medium we choose to employ. Some members go beyond the norm and give something back in return. Sandra Cooke is one such member. So it was with great pleasure that I was able to announce at our exhibition that she is now a life memeber of NCEATA. Sandra has held many roles during her 20 years of membership and her advocacy for NCEATA as Travelling Suitcase Coordinator ensures that we are well known throughout the wider community.

I'd like to share part of an email from one of our long standing memebers, Sue Shute that reminded me of why I'm so proud to be a member of NCEATA.

"I have loved being a member of NCEATA for many years. In that time I have really appreciated how much the members shared their knowledge and skills with everyone. It has always been a friendly group and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the group at meetings, classes, wekends away, exhibitions, challenges etc.

Over the last 15 years my life has changed, and I am no longer able to do the creative sewing that I have loved. In recent years my life has taken a different direction, but I still love attending exhibitions, reading about what is happening in the club and seeing old friends from the group."

Congratulations to each of the members who exhibited their Black and White creation, yet another example of talent within our group. Dr Diane Volker, a past president, was most impressed with how far the group has come in the 40 years since it's inception.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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OCTOBER 2018 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Welcome to our new members, Victoria, Veronica, Lana and Elana who have joined us recently.

A fabulous day was had at Living Smart Festival at Speers Point Park. Lovely weather, beautiful view. We had lots of interest from visitors interested in rug making with Ruth who was kept so busy all day I’m not sure if she stopped for lunch. Wilma wrapped people in her twisted cords, Rhonda had her vintage 1942 Singer, Sue R hand stitched, Suzie B crotched, Shirley knitted and stitched, Wendy painted fabric and Roberta and I mingled. The three photos of tjhis event can be seen on our homepage.

Rhonda and I will be at The Grove’s High Tea showing what we do and donating one of the Black/White Orange quilts to their fundraising for orphans in Zimbabwe.

I have a few calico convict bonnets if anyone wants one.

Best wishes,
Carolyn Clausen, President
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SEPTEMBER 2018 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Thank you to all the members who assisted at Art Bazaar at The Levee on a very cold, extremely windy day and to Suzanne et al for transporting gear and being there all weekend. As this was a trial for HAN to have a popup attached to another event I have to say that the visits to HAN sites was poor (despite the excellent coffee and hot apple cider booth next door). Doris’s work has still not surfaced so when you come across it can you please contact me as it will be in with another members items.

Organisation is now on for the Living Smart Festival at Speers Point Park on Sat 22nd September 8am–3pm. Anyone with items that support sustainability can bring them to the September meetings. We’ll have several demonstrations, slow stitch kits for sale, examples of our work and items for sale. We see it as a great opportunity to show what we do.

We are looking for any director’s chairs that members (friends, relies, neighbours or council pick ups) may have lurking in the back of garages etc to create an amazing work of art.

The BWO (no, not a bottle shop - Black/White/Orange) working party of Judi, Treena, Merri, Ruth, Trish, Roberta and I had a very productive day trimming, arranging and edging the blocks. Thanks to Ruth and Judi we now have one single quilt and two small wall hangings – one floral and one geometric to be made from the blocks. We achieved a lot and with assistance of Monday members may have them completed soon.

As a member of NFHS (Newcastle Family History Society) I’m going to be involved in making Convict Bonnets for women convicts who came specifically to Newcastle. The next working bee is on Tuesday, 11th September beginning at 10am if you are free to attend that day, Mechanics Institute, Elder St Lambton, opposite the park.

“Would your NCEATA group be interested in becoming involved in this project, Carolyn?” The Stitched Up Books were wonderful - such a special tribute to the Industrial School Girls. I loved the entire exhibition. “ (Mel)

Mel Woodford had an email from Dr Christina Henri who is the Artist in Residence at the Cascades Female Factory (Hobart) and the lady behind the Roses From the Heart Convicts Bonnets Project asking if I could put her in touch with you. She was so delighted when I mentioned that you were going to come along to our next Working Bee.

Best wishes,
Carolyn Clausen, President
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AUGUST 2018 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

It was with great pleasure that three virgin members, Lee-Anne, Linda and Suzanne joined the committee this year as I believe that it is important to encourage members to take an active role in NCEATA.

Several members have had health issues during the year and to those I wish them good health and wellbeing.

One of our most active members, Wilma Simmons was awarded an AM in recognition of her extensive roles across a diverse number of groups within the community, NCEATA being one. Congratulations Wilma, your enthusiasm is much appreciated by all.

Our success as a group comes from a dedicated committee who perform their roles so that we run like a smoothly oiled machine and to all the members who contribute and attend our activities. Thank you to everyone who makes my role so much easier when the work is shared.

This year we changed the committee meeting from Saturday to Monday as the majority of committee attend on Mondays, but this is flexible to suit the group.

The well oiled machinists are: Secretary Lee-Anne Deegan, who brings her expertise to the role in her efficiency to take and record minutes Treasurer Sue Russell who manages our finances no matter which part of the world she’s in Webmaster and Editor Judi Nikoleski who does the challenging task of getting the newsletter out each month (the challenge being to urge the committee to get reports in on time!) as well as maintaining our impressive website. Media is covered by Daniela Glassop with Facebook, and her artistic talent in creating the relevant flyers. Exhibitions Coordinator Wilma Simmons who manages to fit in organising our exhibition in her continually busy schedule and liaising with Anne. Travelling Suitcase team of Sandra and Ross Cooke who ensure that our work is renowned across the country. The multi-tasking machinist Rhonda Porter who manages the library as well as the Stitches and Craft Show with her quiet efficiency and her creativity each year in achieving an interesting display that keeps the public at our site. Who will ever forget the twist of orange whenever we look at black and white. Art Bazaar coordinator Suzanne Boulton who keeps our name alive at HAN events across the region Saturday and Monday coordinators, Wilma and Linda Boardman who ensure the we are not only well oiled but provide such a diverse range of experiences each meeting.

Thank you to each of you for being valued committee members. Thank you to all those members who gave workshops throughout the year at meetings, at Textile Tasters and at Timeless Textiles during our exhibition. Also to Narelle Sheehan who resurrected the NCEATA retreat this year at Fosterton and to Sue for organising the trip to NSW Embroiderers Guild.

Best wishes,
Carolyn Clausen, President
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JULY 2018 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Another successful year at NCEATA draws to a close with July being our AGM. Only with the drive of enthusiastic volunteers who support each of our activities are we able to function so well.

Whilst not everyone is able to be involved in all activities here are some ways that you can assist: have you finished your Black and White with a twist of Orange for the Stitches and Craft Show?

Have you put your name down on the S&C roster in August? If you haven’t done this before, ask to be put with a mentor. What can you demonstrate at the show?

Are you able to women our stall at the Art Bazaar at The Levee in Maitland (August) and / or the Living Smart Festival at Speers Point in September.

Will you be entering work at our Black and White exhibition in Dec/Jan? And the Travelling Suitcase in Jan (Black and White plus One).

Do you have skills that you’d like to share at our meetings? Or a desire to learn a new skill – ask us to investigate your requests.

Maybe you’d like to become involved in the committee – we meet for one hour before meetings (currently on Mondays as most of the committee are from this group).

Speaking of volunteers, a huge congratulation to Wilma Simmons for her award in the Queens Birthday Awards. Very well deserved for each of her many roles that she has in the community.

The Newcastle Herald featured Ann Kempton this week, you can read about her on their website plus look up “40 Novocastrians with stories that will blow you away” where Scott Beavan interviewed Judy Hooworth, a well known local quilt maker..

If you’re looking for a day out why not visit the Macarthur Textile Network’s exhibition “Movement through Colour” at Campbelltown Art Gallery as its open until 29 July. Maria Rofe is a valued member of this group and it would be great to support their exhibition.

Best wishes,
Carolyn Clausen, President
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MAY 2018 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Playing around with the internet I came across this saying:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain.

I followed this advice and have booked for a quilting cruise to Northern QLD in Feb 2019 that has a Thread Painting Course as I’d hate to think that I was disappointed in 2038.

Some fabulous blocks have been returned by members for the Black/White with a Twist of Orange for the Stitches and Craft Show. Have you finished yours yet?

Following on from the last meeting we are applying to have a site at Living Smart, a festival at Speers Point Park with an emphasis on sustainability. As yet no actual date but I expect it to be on our meeting Saturday in September. We will be holding it in conjunction with Textile Tasters with a focus on recycling and sustainability – much of which we currently do.

Speaking of recycling, Newcastle Fabric Destash is being held at Mayfield Saturday 12th May, not that any of us need any more???

As the Public Officer I have to maintain a list of financial members and their contacts. If you have any changes, past or future, please remember to pass them on to me for our records. There are currently a few members who are not yet financial for 2017-18. This may be an oversight on your or our side. I’ll be following up on this so please do not feel offended if I contact you to ensure that I have kept up to date. I am able to quickly check anyone who has paid EFT using your name & membership and would encourage members to use this method of payment in the future, if possible.

Best wishes,
Carolyn Clausen, President
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FEBRUARY 2018 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

After a year of highs and lows we enter 2018 with a warm welcome to new members.

Our highs included our recent exhibition “The Nature of Things”, our display at Stitches & Craft, the travelling suitcase, our Textile Tasters, Art Bazaars and our regular workshops and meetings. Many members made contributions to the memorable Stitched Up exhibition as well.

Fortunately our lows were few but significant with several members experiencing health concerns and spouse’s funerals. It has been heartening to see that members support each other under adverse circumstances.

I’m leaving the Rooster behind as we are now in the Year of the Dog. Thinking black and white dogs may work for an exhibition piece. What do you have in mind? Whatever it is, I’m sure that it will be amazing!

Best wishes,
Carolyn Clausen, President
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NOVEMBER 2017 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

I’ve been approached in my capacity as president to assist Newcastle City Library with training their staff in using a computerised sewing machine and software that will be available for residents to use in their Makerspace program. Does anyone use or have a Brother Innovis 950 machine?

I was heartened to have members Narelle Sheahan and Jo Green propose that we have a NCEATA retreat next year. It’s great that members show initiative in creating such opportunities. I’m sure that others miss our time together at Kurri retreats. For newer members it will be a great time to get to know each other as well as dedicate lots of time to creating, sharing, learning and socialising. Or just taking time out from our ever busy lives.

Looking forward to seeing members works for both the exhibition and travelling suitcase at our next meeting.

Best wishes,
Carolyn Clausen, President
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OCTOBER 2017 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

I recently saw this on a local board…. “Aspire to Inspire, before you Expire”.Who/what inspires you?

The Textile Tasters this year was an exhibition of members work. Held over three days, it was an enormous effort from all those involved. The workshops and demonstrators were constantly busy each of the days.

Thank you to the following members who were involved: Wilma Simmons and Margaret Adams challenged people with Paper and Fabric collage to see beyond the square, Judi Nikoleski shared her method of strip applique, Dolores Prete had Fun with Felt, Shirley Bjornsson and Merrie How focused on teaching the intricate Art of Tatting, Sandra Cooke soldered fabrics and Wendy Scott kept a frantic pace with her Colour and Stitched Dairy covers. Sue Russell put Solvy to good use, demonstrating Machine Lace with her machine that was the envy of many. Thanks to Thorpe’s for donating the Solvy.

Narelle Sheehan and her Gorakan High School students provided sumptuous catering throughout the event. She was ably supported by Colleen Cox who also greeted visitors and Jo Green who must be the best scone maker ever! After a slow start, I got the hang of it and it felt like 3 days at Kurri. A thought for the future. What could be better than 3 days doing your own thing in pleasant company.

This time last year we were to have a Lois Parish-Evans workshop. If you want to see her incredible machine skills pop into Timeless Textiles Gallery.

Looking forward to seeing the entries in our exhibition “The Nature of Things”. Thank you to Daniela for the invitation design which accompanies this newsletter as a separate PDF attachment for you to email to your friends, colleagues and many more.

Welcome to the new members who were inspired to join after Textile Tasters: Ann Dean Pijpens, Michelle Kincade, Julie Newman, Sandra Smith and Lyn Adamson.

My apology for omitting a hidden treasure from the Presidents photo in the September newsletter. How could I miss Shirley Bjornsson?

Best wishes,
Carolyn Clausen, President
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SEPTEMBER 2017 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

An auspicious occasion to have 5 past presidents at our last meeting. Each of these ladies have done a wonderful job of keeping NCEATA ongoing. Only Jenny Crain is missing from this batch of recent presidents. They are myself, Carolyn Clausen, Gail Stahmer, Bronwyn Greive, Annette Tubnor, Wilma Simmons.

We have so many activities for members to be involved in for the remainder of this year. I urge you to be a part of the Textile Tasters in September, members can participate even if they aren’t giving a workshop or exhibiting, just come along and meet the visitors.

Carolyn Clausen, President
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JULY 2017 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

It has been a very busy time for me, and I was so surprised when I realised a month has gone by since we last met…As I write this, I am reminded by my computer that there are 176 days until Christmas. You didn’t need to know that, did you?

A couple of weeks ago, NCEATA’s submission to The Map Project was just an idea. Many thanks to all who donated pieces of beautiful work for this, and to members who put this together. Special mention and big thanks to Ruth Spence, Ann-Maree Kelly and Margaret Adams who did the bulk of the stitching. I think it is a remarkable art work, and having a received a photo, the coordinator of the project said this is stunning…. So it may also tour with some of the other selected ‘maps”. This just proves what amazing things can be achieved in a short time by creative people.

Thanks to Gay Grillmeier who showed us the magic of polysol dyes at last month’s Saturday meeting. The following Monday, there was a full class who enjoyed eco dyeing with Gina Mastio. Thanks to Gina and to Carolyn Clausen who organised this workshop.

I expect that these workshops may have provided new inspiration for work for the annual exhibition, “The Nature of Things” … please remember that submissions for inclusion in this exhibition are due this month at both meetings.

The Annual General Meeting is 15 July. Positions vacant - president, secretary, Saturday and Monday coordinators, exhibition coordinator. One nomination for treasurer has been received. Please consider taking on one of these positions. It is really important for the future of our group that it is continually being challenged with new ideas and new approaches and therefore the need to be led by different people with different styles of creative leadership. I have enjoyed being NCEATA president for the last two years and working alongside really committed and hard working committee members, who, if we were in business, would be receiving huge bonuses and promotions for their amazing work beyond any job description. Thank you NCEATA committee - what a great job you have done leading this group each year to bigger and better creative achievements.

I hope you will find some time to visit “The Map Project” exhibition at Timeless Textiles 5-16 July - opening 6pm 6 July. And if you haven’t yet seen “Stitched Up”, please make some time to do so, even if as a co- curator I say so, it is a truly remarkable fibre art exhibition in which textile artists worldwide have responded creatively to a little known part of Newcastle’s history.

Many NCEATA members have contributed so I hope you won’t miss seeing this outstanding work. This exhibition is open until 6 August, Wed-Sat 10am -4pm and Sun 11am - 3pm at The Lock Up, co - located with Timeless Textiles. Thanks to the many NCEATA members, friends and families who attended the opening and/or the discussion forum. Your presence was really appreciated and was very reassuring.

PS Hope these dates are also in your diary : 13 August Hunter Art Bazaar at Wallsend Winter Fair & 17-20 August Craft Show, Newcastle

STOP PRESS: I will be having my head shaved on 23 July to raise funds to support the Zero Childhood Cancer Campaign, led by Bec Cooper, a 17 year old from Wallsend. Zero Childhood Cancer is the most ambitious childhood cancer initiative ever undertaken in Australia. Bec Cooper is waging her own war on the disease but she won’t let that stop her from helping other children with late stage or recurrent cancer. Her cancer is currently incurable but the brave 17-year-old is fundraising so she and other youngsters can be part of a revolutionary new drug treatment program.The Newcastle teen is leading the Children’s Cancer Institute crowd-funding campaign for a new clinical life saving trial to start in September. It costs about $20,000 for one child to be part of it.. ( From The Daily Telegraph 23 June 2017) .

If you would like to donate to my head shave, I will very happily receive a donation on both the Saturday and Monday July NCEATA meetings or come to The Lemon Grove Hotel Wallsend on 23 July for a fun afternoon from 12 pm , and witness the revelation of my bare head. Donations can also be electronically transferred to the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland BSB 637-000 Account Number 781174297 Reference : SHAVEWILMA

Best wishes,
Wilma Simmons, President
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JUNE 2017 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Hope you are all enjoying the feel of early winter- I am writing this in the early hours of the morning with my slippers on and warmed by a hot cup of tea!

What great meeting last month - thank you to Ann Maree Kelly and Wendy Scott who led such colourful and interesting workshops. The Monday workshop participants looked very pleased with their fabulous funky fibre beads, and I know there will be so many new accessories created to suit special outfits. On Saturday, you couldn’t help but be drawn into Wendy’ colourful world of ‘3D Fabric Forms’ - thanks for bringing so many samples to inspire the participants. And best of all last month was to see Judi, not only recovered from her surgery, but positively glowing with good health and happy. We know you still need to take it easier, but so lovely to see you at the meeting, Judi.

This month, our secretary Carolyn has organised a special workshop with Gina Mastio on 19 June, and from what I heard yesterday, there is only one space left...? Please contact Carolyn if you are wanting to attend this workshop, as kits need to be ordered. Looking forward to also working with polysol dyes with Gay Grillmeier on 17 June.

Last month, I talked about The Map Project and it was decided that we would try to create a piece for this exhibition, starting on 2nd July.

With such a short time frame, anyone who has a small piece which somehow depicts, “Where I Live”, please bring it (to be considered for inclusion) to the June Saturday meeting at the latest or preferably give it to me or Carolyn before then. ( I live at 11 Kilpanie Road Lambton or alternatively, I am at Timeless Textiles Gallery on Wednesdays). A group of us will then “artistically collage” the selected pieces. Here are a few reminders about the activities of this energetic group:

1. Our display of work by members (including some demonstrations and a trading table) will be held instead of the September meetings - we have the room for the whole weekend! Thanks to those who volunteered to coordinate this weekend - Narelle, Colleen, Dolores, and Gail, with PR by Daniela. More volunteers needed, please. We will need your work for the display and for the trading table and volunteers to supervise the display as well as a few demonstrators for Textile Tasters. 2. Submissions for the exhibition “ The Nature of Things” are due at July meetings.

3. The Annual General Meeting is 15 July. Positions vacant - president, secretary, Saturday and Monday coordinators, exhibition coordinator. One nomination for treasurer has been received.

4. Into Craft Display 17-20 August will feature work or samples from any of the NCEATA workshops over the last 12 months or so.

5. Hunter Art Network Pop Up market at Wallsend Winter Fair - 13 August.

Earlier today, I had the honour of opening a beautiful exhibition by NCEATA member, Helen Tolhurst. The textile art works are inspired by lines from Dorothea Mackellar’s poem, My Country” and they are richly embroidered and beaded layered wool and silk felted and stitched visual delights. Helen has captured colour and texture to inspire a new appreciation of our contrasting landscape.

I really recommend a lovely morning tea or lunch at the Reader’s Café, East Maitland which is showing Helen’s work until 1 July.NCEATA days this month.

Best wishes,
Wilma Simmons, President
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MARCH 2017 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Members who have attended the January and February meetings have had so much fun printing from the wood blocks and learning so many different screen printing techniques to try. Many thanks to Judi for facilitating the workshops last month. I had such a good time trying our all the tips Judi shared and who would have thought that ordinary talcum powder could have produced such wonderful effects!

Thanks to members who participated in “show and tell” - this is such a special part of the meetings. NCEATA members are renowned for sharing their skills and talents and I, like most of our members, really appreciate this and find it inspiring. It is also so good to be able to congratulate other members when they have created something wonderful.

Thanks to all who nominated favourite exhibition themes and for voting last month… the results have been announced. Guess which one got the most votes? See the results in this newsletter. I hope many of you have been visiting the NCEATA Facebook page … thanks to Daniela who has been sharing regularly some really interesting and useful articles and videos. Please consider this to be another valuable resource NCEATA is offering to help you maximise your creative potential. Link - https://www.facebook.com/NCEATA

Please think about a workshop you would like to attend in the next twelve months. NCEATA will be offering another scholarship to a current member (financial or life member) to extend his/her skills or to develop skills in new area. The scholarship is up to the value of $350…. for example, if you nominated to do a workshop offered by Timeless Textiles and the cost was $400, NCEATA would pay $350 and you would be expected to pay the additional $50 yourself. Written submissions will be received up until 15 April. Please check the criteria for the scholarship. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me or one of the committee members. The application form is being emailed with this newsletter as a docx form to type into. Save it as a pdf file to email (read below).

I am still looking forward to more volunteers nominating to lead and assist with the Member’s Display of Work.

Please remember that NCEATA will have a stall at the Hunter Art Bazaar, Warners Bay on 2 April. I have my fingers crossed that it will be a great day - beautiful Autumn weather, appreciative crowds and the wonderful company of other artists. Please let Coordinator Robin or Secretary Carolyn know if you are intending to participate and please organise your work for sale to be delivered to the stall in person, or left before the day with a member who is attending. Apologies - it is not possible to leave saleable items at our meeting venue for collection. I am happy to store goods at my place for a short while if you want to drop them off to me. I know you will all have productive and enjoyable NCEATA days this month. Apologies but I will not be at either the Saturday or Monday meetings this month. I will be at a family function in Brisbane but I look forward to catching up with many of you at the Art Bazaar and at the April meetings.

Best wishes,
Wilma Simmons, President
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FEBRUARY 2017 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

January Meetings: Great to see so many people at both the Monday and Saturday meetings in January! I am sure it was because you were all so keen to get started on your art works for the next exhibition, “The Nature of Things”. Thanks to Sandra Cooke who conducted workshops on both days, using the wood blocks created for us by Bob Seal. I enjoyed the process and the outcomes. I made some good prints on my roll of lunch paper and secretly love the paper bowls I made from the printed paper - yes, a bit weird, I know! They aren’t for the exhibition, but it was such fun.

Committee thanks: Thanks to the committee members who came in earlier than usual last month to discuss some important issues for the group - insurance, venue, storage etc. All necessary, but hardly creative, so I thank them all for their commitment and patience going through some of the more tedious matters. Please appreciate the committee’s efforts to keep the group working smoothly and devising new and creative things to do each month.

Storage: NCEATA has limited storage at our venue and now, it has become even more limited as we must ensure that all of our stuff is inside our cupboard, according to our rental agreement. Rhonda Porter has offered to “mind” the suitcase taken to various events and outings - this suitcase holds such items as NCEATA brochures, membership forms and display items to promote NCEATA. In the past, members often bring in unwanted items from their stash to share with others, and I encourage you to continue with this generous practice. However, we are not able to store any goods left for another meeting, so please make sure that anything remaining is taken home and it may be brought back to another month’s meeting.

Display of Members’ Work: As you are all aware, I have been very concerned that NCEATA is a group with access to all levels and interests in creative embroidery and textile art. With that I mind, I have been promoting the idea of a “members’ display of work”, so I am calling for volunteers to be on a sub committee to organise such an event. I have made some early inquiries about using our meeting space as a venue, and this is looking positive. The time will be September 2017 - the day we usually run the “Textile Tasters” day, so the event (still to be named) will be a display of work, with some people opting to have a trading table and/or demonstrate a technique. This can be one day or over the whole weekend. So, the hard decisions have been made - when, where, what? Now the how? This is an event catering for all members, so I am hoping there might be a few volunteers to step forward. Unfortunately, I am very busy myself with many other groups and projects this year, and I do not have time myself to devote to this. If we can’t get a member or a small group to assist with this, perhaps this idea might have to be euthanized or at least frozen and resurrected at another time?

Exhibition themes: Please consider the suggestions. Add some of your own. Voting will take place at the February meetings or send me an email with your choice.

Keep cool and be creative!

Wilma Simmons, President
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