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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


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


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


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


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


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 -

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


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


Happy New Year! What a fantastic way to start the NCEATA year - our exhibition “Elements” is a great success. Congratulations and BIG thanks to all the contributors and to Maria Rofe, Exhibitions Coordinator. The exhibition was opened on 29 December by Marie-Therese Wisniowski, print and textile artist, Art Quill Studio and previously co-editor of Textile Fibre Forum. Marie-Therese’s generous and insightful summary of each exhibiting artist’s work was brilliant. For all those who attended the opening, I think you will agree that Marie-Therese’s response to the exhibition was a delightful education in itself. If you haven’t yet seen the exhibition, I hope you will pop in to the Timeless Textiles Gallery before 15 January - the work individually is beautiful and together in the display they look spectacular. Thanks also to Anne Kempton from Timeless Textiles for her curatorial and installation advice and expertise.

The accompanying Textile Taster workshops held by various NCEATA members during the exhibition have also been very successful and have been enjoyed by many. Thank you to all the tutors who prepared the workshops and the kits, and have shared so generously their knowledge and skills. Special thanks to Carolyn Clausen who coordinated these workshops and no doubt has been receiving so many calls and emails during the holiday season. Sandra and Ross Cooke are busily preparing the travelling suitcase exhibition and I thank them both for their tireless efforts in getting that together. Sandra is still accepting items for the suitcase and will collect them during the collection of work from the gallery exhibition on 15th January. The entry form for the travelling suitcase is in this newsletter.

As you are all aware, the next big exhibition will be “The Nature of Things”, based on the wood block prints specially created for NCEATA by artist Bob Seale. This exhibition will be held in January 2018. At the January meetings, we will be taking suggestions for exhibition themes for 2019 - please bring your suggestions along, or tell a friend to nominate them. If necessary, a vote will be taken. Both “Elements” and “The Nature of Things” were chosen this way, so please start thinking of themes which will lend themselves to many interpretations in textile art.

Perhaps you were unable to exhibit this month? NCEATA will be holding a display of members’ work later in the year. Still looking for a suitable venue and a sub-committee - if you have any interest in helping this event to happen, please let a committee member know, as this event will allow everyone in NCEATA to have their work seen and admired by the general public. There will be no theme, so all your favourite pieces will be most welcome for the display.

If you are interested in selling work, the next Hunter Art Bazaar will be on 2 April at Warners Bay Park. This is a new venue, but I think it should attract a large crowd. It has not been decided yet whether NCEATA will have a stall - this will depend on how many members who would like to participate. Please indicate your interest at one of the January meetings.

It’s a new year, so if anyone has new ideas for NCEATA please let me know - our committee is always wanting to improve to make this group meaningful, educational, fun and social for everyone. Please remember we all love “show and tell” so please don’t be shy about bringing your current work in to meetings to share with others. All the best for a creative 2017.

Wilma Simmons, President


The last newsletter for 2016! Thank you all for a very successful year for NCEATA! Special thanks to our hard working committee for their commitment to ensuring that the group continues to fulfil its aim of enjoying the textile arts and enhancing creative skills in both a challenging and fun way. The next Annual General Meeting will be in July 2017, so there is plenty of time for all members to think about taking on a committee position or assisting /shadowing in a position.

I am very happy that this year we have been able to offer a member’s scholarship, follow up on recommendations for our annual exhibition, plan the following year’s exhibition as a result of one of our guest speakers, increase our membership, offer textile taster workshops and successfully show the community how important textile arts are.

An event which is still in the planning, but really needs a small committee to get it “off the ground” is our display of members’ work. We are hoping to have an unrestricted members’ exhibition of work (no theme) and a trading table in the first half of 2017. No date has yet been set. Please let our Secretary Carolyn know if you are interested in supporting and assisting with this event. Lyn Healey is already scouting for venues, but if anyone has any ideas, please let Carolyn know.

Thanks to Maria who has all dates confirmed related to the exhibition. Hope to see many of you at the opening on Thursday 29 December, 6pm at Timeless Textiles Gallery. I am also looking forward to seeing all the exhibition pieces submitted at the November meeting. Thanks, Daniela for the beautiful design for the invitations. The theme for the upcoming exhibition is “Elements” and the following year, it will be “The Nature of Things”. Please put forward any themes you have, to be considered for future exhibitions. We will be voting on suggestions for the theme of the exhibition for 2018-19 at the January meetings.

I know many members were disappointed about the cancellation of the workshop last month, but we were very sorry to hear that Lois was so sick that her doctor would not allow her to fly from New Zealand and we wish her a speedy recovery. As it turned out, I heard so many say that they enjoyed the October meetings very much - just being able to talk to others about “show and tell” work or nothing but everything on Saturday. On Monday, Wendy organised a little design exercise for us - using a page from a colouring in book to create our own designs in a different shape. I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise and loved the different exciting designs each person created. Thanks Judi and Wendy.

I am hoping that I will be able to come to the next meeting for a while although I have booked into a workshop by UK artist, Sue Hotchkis. In the meantime, remember to put in your diary our exhibition dates and please plan to do your Christmas gift shopping at the Hunter Art Bazaar on 27 November (NCEATA will be there!) Buy Local, Buy Handmade!

Nothing more to say but, Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy sharing a special time with family and friends.

Wilma Simmons, President


September Textile Tasters were a great success - welcome to all our new members, and thanks to members who demonstrated and conducted such interesting and engaging mini workshops last month. It feels great to belong to such a sharing group of artists.

Thanks to all member exhibitors for your patience and special mention to Maria, who has been so busy and overwhelmed with work for continuing to make the necessary preparations for the “Elements” exhibition. I am also hoping that at this month’s committee meeting, we will be able to make some firm decisions about our display of members’ work to be held also in the first part of 2017.

You have probably seen some shops already displaying Christmas items and it certainly isn’t too soon for us to be thinking about the Christmas Hunter Art Bazaar on 27 November at Lambton Park. NCEATA will have a double stall, so if you have any work for sale, it will be a good opportunity to present it at this event.

There are only two more meetings until the end of the year, so if any members has an idea about workshops for 2017, I am sure our Saturday coordinator, Judi and Monday coordinator Wendy would love to hear about something our members will enjoy.

I have just returned today from celebrating a friend’s 100th birthday - a sprightly centenarian still with all her faculties and a wicked sense of humour. What good advice she had for us all so I am passing it on. “Eat well moderately, exercise regularly, no matter what dreadful things have happened, look towards a positive future and be “childlike” - approach every experience as something exciting to learn from. “ Not only great tips for a healthy long life but also for a satisfying creative life!

Last meeting, I mentioned the “Stitched Up” project - community art program at Timeless Textiles Gallery. “Stitched Up” will bring to life, through stitching, the 193 girls who were “students” at the Newcastle Industrial School 1867-1871. If you are interested in this project and are available on Wednesday mornings, please contact me.

I am looking forward to the October workshop presented by Lois Parish-Evans. If you have decided not to do this workshop, there will still be lots to share and learn from attending both Saturday and Monday. See you at NCEATA!

Wilma Simmons, President


“Spring is the time of plans and projects”. I hope September brings us all new creative plans and projects. I am looking forward to our open day “Textile Tasters” on 17 September - it sounds as though there will be lots of demonstrations and fun for both members and visitors.

Congratulations to all who contributed to the successful display and interactive “Walk in the Bush” community art experience at last month’s Stitches and Craft Show . Thanks to Rhonda and Carolyn who coordinated the show and to all members who were on the roster and hopefully enjoyed their day at the show explaining what NCEATA is best at. Congratulations also to NCEATA members whose beautiful “Kings and Queens” made up most of the exhibit on Dijanne Cheval’s stand. I believe that they travelled to New Zealand for the show there, so you can definitely say your work has been exhibited worldwide! I attended the Stitches and Craft stall holders’ breakfast on the last day at the show where management announced that in 2017, Stitches and Craft shows will be replaced by a new concept and new branding. This change has been made after many consultations and much evaluation and the need to appeal to a younger audience. I remember when I was the younger audience and that is well and truly over 20 years ago… and it is true that most people at these shows are now the same age as me! However, the NCEATA stand did attract a lot of positive attention from people of all ages so I know we were able to engage a wide audience.

Thanks to Maria Rofe, Exhibitions Coordinator for her leadership and the management of change to the exhibition process. This has not been easy, but having seen the submissions for the exhibition, I am so impressed with the thought processes and preparatory work that many members have completed. Hopefully, this will make things easier for Maria and her exhibition committee and comply with gallery requirements for the exhibition. For those who were not able to submit work for the exhibition, please remember that NCEATA is also planning another display of members’ work early in 2017. There will be no theme and few restrictions for this display. It would also be great to have a trading table as well, so if you have work available for this, please keep this in mind. Lyn Healy has volunteered to find a venue for this event, so if you have any ideas please let her know.

The August meetings were great. Thanks to Wendy Anderson, Monday coordinator, who showed us some variations on the reverse applique technique introduced by Ruth Spence - a really good example of taking a technique to another level. It was a shame there weren’t as many members as usual at the meeting, but perhaps it was because it was one of those months where the third Monday is before the Saturday. At the Saturday meeting we were introduced to the finer art of needle felting - Justine Atkinson led the workshop and we all enjoyed making little rabbits in dandy waistcoats, although there were a few pricked fingers!

Congratulations to previous president. Bronwyn Greive on her wonderful exhibition, Elucidation currently showing at Timeless Textiles Gallery. Bronwyn’s birds - both the painted and stitched in frames and the 3D specimens are superb. Please make sure you make some time to admire Bronwyn’s exhibition, which was opened by fellow NCEATA member, Jenny Crain.

Best wishes to Aileen Lee and Margaret Adams who currently are undergoing treatment in hospital, and to any other members who are not feeling 100%, all the best for a quick recovery. See you at September’s Textile Tasters.

Wilma Simmons, President


Another Annual General Meeting over and here I am, beginning my second year as NCEATA president. Thank you for trusting me with this important job again. While I think many positive things were achieved last year, I am hoping for an even better year this year. If you missed my long annual report, it appears on the website.

Many thanks to all who accepted NCEATA committee positions again this year. If you think you can help in any way, please approach a committee member and offer assistance or support and I know it be gratefully received.

The exhibition work is well underway, with all submission received by Maria last month, and are currently being considered for inclusion in the exhibition.

Work on the following year’s exhibition, ”The Nature of Things” has already commenced as Bob Seal has created and provided us with print blocks which will form the basis of the exhibition work. More about this soon, but I assure you that you will love the results of these blocks and they will only enhance and stimulate your creativity.

Thanks to Ruth who conducted workshops at both the Saturday and Monday meetings last month – I think the only complaint was that we all wanted just to keep stitching and creating with reverse applique.

August will be busy with both the needle felting workshop and the Stitches and Craft Show. Thanks especially to Rhonda and Carolyn who have all the paperwork and planning for the display at the show well organised. And a heads up for September, our annual tasters/open day – Carolyn has already taken names for demonstrations for the day, but perhaps there is someone who has missed out, so please contact Carolyn as a matter of urgency if you wish to demonstrate a technique.

Congratulations to all NCEATA members who entered the “Brooching the Subject” competition at Timeless Textiles Gallery. It was lovely to see many of you at the opening – and what an amazing display of creative textile art it was! Well done to all participants and Timeless Textiles!

I am writing this from sunny north Queensland where I have been enjoying some beautiful warm and clear days, but I hear the winter days in Newcastle have been rather bleak over the last fortnight. My break will soon be over and I look forward to coming home, with the reminder that “Wherever you go, be your own sunshine.” See you at the NCEATA stand at the Stitches and Craft Show and at the next meeting,

Wilma Simmons, President


July is such a big month for NCEATA.

> The Annual General Meeting on Saturday 16 July. Please come and vote for next year’s committee and even better, please consider taking on one of the positions:

> Submission of entries for consideration for the annual gallery exhibition, “Elements” ,

> Collection of display items for the Stitches and Craft Show.

I would like to thank very much the committee who has been committed to ensuring that NCEATA is a positive, enjoyable and enlightening experience for all members this last year. Each person on the committee has contributed so much to the NCEATA program and its operation - I am so impressed with the enthusiasm, positive thinking and initiative of each of our committee members, many of whom fulfil more than one NCEATA role and do the work of numerous good women.

We have had an unexpected financial/legal issue to deal with this year and I would like to thank especially our secretary and treasurer for their additional work in getting all paperwork now compliant with legal requirements. I did think at one stage that you might all have to smuggle some needles, thread and cloth when you visited me in jail, but fortunately, for me, that fate was averted.

“Elements” has many possibilities, many definitions, many interpretations, so it will be most interesting and exciting to see your exhibition submissions this month. Please help out the exhibition coordinator by meeting the exhibition deadlines and procedures. I have even prepared my submission, although I am notoriously a “last minute” person - so I am feeling much better prepared and although I have not completed the work, I feel more confident about it, having given some time to planning and preparing!

The “Stitches and Craft” show items need to be brought to the July meetings for collection for display. As usual, please ensure your name is clearly written and attached to the item, and please also mark your bag or packaging for your display items. It is also really useful for those setting up and taking down if you have a list of what you have submitted.

Although this column seems to be a lot about the procedures and paperwork, NCEATA is really all about creativity … Thanks to Doris Gordon who showed us how to make simple embroidery stitches interesting, textured design features at the June meetings. We were given such a good reminder to revisit the basics - I admit I was super impressed with the ‘no spit” method of needle threading and tying a simple, strong knot in thread.

There are some great mini workshops and longer workshops planned for the rest of the year, so I think we are in store for a few wonderful doses of creative textile art. Thanks to all who shared techniques with members throughout the year.

Having almost completed a year as president of NCEATA, I would like to thank all for your support and friendship throughout the year. I haven’t always had the time to devote to being a good president, so your forgiveness and patience is also appreciated.

I am very happy in this last report for the year, to say that NCEATA is still a really great group to belong to - creative, inspiring, welcoming, friendly and sharing - thanks to all members for making it so.

See you at the July meetings - wearing a beanie!

Wilma Simmons, President


It seems that shorter days and falling temperatures have arrived. I have always wondered if the weather affects creativity, so I was interested to read this in a scientific article recently Researchers from a University of Michigan study found that people who spent at least 30 minutes outside during periods of pleasant weather reported improved mood, memory, and openness to new information and creative thoughts. Even if it's cold outside, if you see the sun shining make it a point to get up from your desk and take a brisk 30-minute walk during your lunch break — you'll find that your afternoons will become increasingly more productive…. If this is true, then it doesn’t really matter about the weather, enjoy some time outside and you will have creative thoughts and be productive - - sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Many of you will have heard our Exhibitions Coordinator, Maria Rofe, speak at the Saturday meeting in May about improving some of the practices related to the exhibition, “Elements” to be held at Timeless Textiles Gallery December 2016/January 2017. (Refer to the Design Brief and submission form in this newsletter). I would like to thank Anne Kempton from Timeless Textiles and each of the members of the NCEATA committee for putting a lot of thought, consideration and expertise into the discussions in the last month about the gallery exhibition. It appears that the committee generally is also in favour of some kind of public showcase of members’ work at another time throughout year - this display of work would be unjuried, would not need to fit a theme or design brief and would also allow for some sale of work. I would like to hear other opinions about this concept and some suggestions for its implementation.

Big thanks to workshop presenters in May - Carolyn Clausen who demonstrated various mixed media techniques with felt, paper, metallic foils and silk rods … and lots more which was so much fun; and Wendy Scott who presented a workshop on “Hot textiles” - amazing what a bit of heat can do! (Apologies, I intended to attend NCEATA Saturday, but something arose last minute for a friend in need). I would like to point out how lucky we are to have such generous sharing members who present these work days at our meetings, sometimes free of charge, and sometimes for the smallest fraction of the fee they would receive in a more commercial setting - thank you!

Thanks also to Sandra Cooke and Lyn Healy who organised a trip to “Façade”, the ATASDA exhibition at the Palm House in the Sydney Botanical Gardens. Sadly for Lyn - she was called to jury duty on the day of the excursion, but I heard a small group enjoyed a great day out.

The Stitches and Craft Show will again be in Newcastle 18-21 August 2016 and NCEATA will be a major exhibitor, with the “Kings and Queens”, a competition and a display entitled “Stitched Again” for which you may submit work which has been previously shown. Rhonda Porter has kindly volunteered to coordinate this event, so will be asking you all not only for your beautiful work for the display but also for volunteers to help at the show to promote NCEATA and discuss techniques used in the display work.

NCEATA has a very large membership, a varied and busy creative meeting and workshop program and a small committee. If you would like to help out in any way, please let one of the committee members know or even better, consider nominating for a position at the Annual General Meeting in July.

June is the month for renewing membership; preparing your submission for the “Elements” exhibition, deciding the work you would like to contribute to the Stitches and Craft Display, finalising your entry if you are participating in the “brooch” event at Timeless Textiles and enjoying your NCEATA membership by creating!

On a personal note, many thanks to NCEATA members who attended the exhibition I had with Bobbi Oliver recently - your interest and support are much appreciated.

Wilma Simmons, President


As I write this, May is approaching fast. I know it’s a cliché, but these 2016 months seem to have flown. Apologies, I was not able to attend the April meetings, as I was looking after Timeless Textiles Gallery while Anne was away - the bonus was that I sat for three days surrounded by the amazingly beautiful work of Meredith Woolnough and met visiting US basketry sculptor, Matt Tommey.

Thanks to Wendy Anderson for her presentation of the embroidered faces she creates for her exquisite dolls. I am looking forward to playing with some hot stuff at the May meeting, led by Wendy Scott.

I haven’t had an opportunity to thank publicly Carolyn Clausen for organising such a successful workshop with Raewyn Penrose - BIG THANKS, Carolyn! I have only heard the best reports from all who attended.

There is a vacancy for a short workshop at the June meeting. I know there are many of you who have such wonderful talents to share. Please let Judi know either what you might be able to offer, or “dob” someone else in perhaps!! Hope you are all preparing for the “Elements” theme exhibition…. Perhaps someone might like to motivate some creative thought and action in preparation for the exhibition at the June meeting? Perhaps it is time to bring in some works in progress and talk about them?

Congratulations to Judi Nikoleski, successful applicant for the NCEATA scholarship 2016. The scholarship will cover Judi’s attendance at Workshops 4 & 5 in a series of workshops by Marie-Therese Wisniowski - Complex Multiple Imaging /Overprinting Relationships and Techniques on Cloth. After learning new techniques by participating in this series over most of 2016, Judi will incorporate these into her own art practice, and share some of her gained knowledge and experience at future NCEATA meetings. I would also just like to put on record that the Scholarship sub-committee had no hesitation in awarding this scholarship and that Judi was in no way involved with the decision making process. Thanks to the sub-committee members, who by virtue of their position on this committee, relinquished any right to be eligible for the scholarship this year.

Now, for a personal advertisement … By the time I see you all next, Bobbi Oliver and I will have opened our exhibition, “Odyssey Within” at Timeless Textiles Gallery. Hope you might either come to the opening at 6pm on 19 May or pop in while the exhibition is on, until 12 June. If anyone is interested (individual or group) . I am happy to talk through the preparation and execution of my exhibition pieces, just let me know and I will make a convenient time to meet you in the gallery. This was by far the hardest exercise for me, with serious periods of self-doubt, uncertainty and lack of focus, and that in itself is an interesting tale of caution for all artists.

Hope you are all enjoying a happy creative time - looking forward to catching up with many of you in May. To all the mothers amongst our membership, hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your families.

Special Committee meeting re: Annual Exhibition : FRIDAY, 20 May, 4pm at Timeless Textiles , 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle East, with Anne Kempton.

If you are interested in discussing any aspects of the exhibition, and are not on the committee, you are welcome to attend.

Wilma Simmons, President


It’s not every month that I am able to attend both Saturday and Monday meetings, so fortunately March was one of those months. Great meetings both of them! Many thanks to Daniela and Ruth who presented workshops last month. I learnt so much from both workshops. I really enjoyed the challenge of the elements of design exercise and the figure of eight coiling, both of which have proved to be really useful.

I think we are all very fortunate to have such talented members who are so willing to share. Thanks to all who have volunteered to run mini-workshops this year and to all who bring show and tell each month. It is with great regret that the NCEATA committee accepted the resignation of Susie as the Monday coordinator. Thank you very much Susie for the great work you have done for NCEATA and for the happy, creative and fun approach you bring to every meeting. Hope to see you soon again at NCEATA enjoying the activities and friendship.

Until the Annual General Meeting in July, Wendy Anderson has agreed to look after Mondays. Thank you Wendy. None of us was interested in a by-election!

April will start off with the Hunter Art Bazaar - thanks Suzanne and Carolyn for coordinating this event which always proves to be great PR for NCEATA. Carolyn and I also attended the Annual General Meeting of the Hunter Arts Network. For that, we were able to have a stall at the Hunter Art Bazaar free of charge.

On behalf of all members, thank you for that, Carolyn and for all the work you have already put into organising the Raewyn Penrose workshop. Best wishes to all who have registered for that workshop. I am sure you will all enjoy the two days immensely.

Just as an aside, I really recommend to you some current local exhibitions: at the Lock-Up - “The Most Gaoled Race on Earth” - quite confronting but very moving; at Timeless Textiles, “Pacific Sea States” - exquisite, sculptural stunning felt wearable art; and at Newcastle Art Gallery, “Just Draw” - amazing work including brilliant textile art. Exciting and stimulating work to motivate and inspire you own creative practice!

I hope to see many of you at the April meetings, but as I am very busy preparing for a collaborative exhibition with Bobbi Oliver (opening on 19 May), I am not sure how many days I can spare in the next few weeks for playing.

Committee members, please note: the April committee meeting date is yet to be confirmed. The venue will be Timeless Textiles Gallery, with the main business item being the annual NCEATA exhibition, to be discussed with Anne Kempton.

Hope you are all enjoying creating, best wishes,

Wilma Simmons, President


February was a very busy month for me. It seems such a long time ago since last month’s NCEATA meetings but no one could forget the wonderful magical work of Bob Seal at the Saturday meeting. Daniela also shared such useful tips about photographing work and the large group was engaged through out - we are expecting really professional looking photos now!

I am also sure that the Monday meeting was equally stimulating and motivating - sorry I wasn’t able to attend.

I went to Coffs Harbour for the celebrations of the 40th birthday of Anne’s Glory Box, a shop which many of you will remember with fondness. Anne’s Glory Box was in Beaumont Street Hamilton, then in New Lambton and relocated to Coffs Harbour in 2014.

At the end of this newsletter is information about the NCEATA scholarship for a member to attend a workshop 2016-2017. I am happy to have this finally underway, as I think this is a worthwhile initiative to assist NCEATA members to develop new skills, encourage members to try something different, and enhance their art practice. I think this is at the essence of what NCEATA is about.

NCEATA is such a busy group. Please note the many activities which are on the newsletter calendar: Hunter Art Bazaar - 3 April; Felting workshop with Raewyn Penrose - 12-13 April; Brooch display and “Stitched again” previous works for a focus display at Stitches and Craft Show, Newcastle in August and of course, I know everyone is preparing for “Elements” the next NCEATA exhibition. Why are there only 24 hours in a day?

I would like to invite you all to the International Women’s Day celebration at Timeless Textiles Gallery, The Lock Up and Curve Gallery in Hunter Street on Tuesday 8 March, 4pm.

The Flying Free birds will all be on display outside the galleries and will be looking for new homes for a donation towards local women’s refuges. Thank you to all the NCEATA members who contributed to this project by creating beautiful birds and especially to members, Carolyn Clausen, Ruth Spence and Sheila Francis who took the Flying Free project beyond to their own textile art groups and friends.

Your generous and creative support for this anti domestic violence project is very much appreciated. Happy International Women’s Day!

Wilma Simmons, President


It was lovely to see so many people at both of the January meetings - a good start to 2016. I would like to thank the Monday group for their enthusiasm for the Flying Free Project and getting into the spirit of “creative play” so well. A beautiful flock of birds created, pic below. What a wonderful “buzz” at the Saturday meeting too - it seems brooches can create quite a level of excitement. Thanks to all who brought brooches and so generously talked about them and/or demonstrated techniques (see pics). Congratulations too to the members who displayed such diverse and brilliant “show and tell” textile art. The creative positivity and sharing at both of these meeting really epitomise for me what is so great about NCEATA.

Following on from the “Brooching the Subject” competition hosted by Timeless Textiles, NCEATA will also make ‘brooches’ its display theme for 2016. Clever suggestion thanks, Sue Russell. The textile tiles, rainbow textile art and banners have all been fantastic projects which not only promote NCEATA but also give us all opportunities to ‘experiment” with textile art techniques. There was also a whisper from some Saturday members that some contributions of “blue zipper” pieces a la Connie Allen, could be put together as NCEATA wall brooch? With Connie’s instruction I made a little swirl as I am sure others did, so it could come together as quite an artistic piece I am sure.

I have been a bit slack getting together the details for the Member’s Scholarship. I promise I will have these ready for the February meetings . . . If you haven’t heard, NCEATA will be offering a member a scholarship to a workshop in 2016 - more details coming.

Please remember the Hunter Art Bazaar on 3 April and our workshop with Raewyn Penrose coming up in April too. The February meeting agendas look really exciting, so hope you are able to come. I will be at the Saturday meeting, but unfortunately, I will miss the Monday one as I will be celebrating the 40th birthday of Anne’s Glory Box ( I am sure some of you remember that treasure trove of a store), now located in Coffs Harbour.

Best wishes and happy creating,

Wilma Simmons, President


It was lovely to see so many people at both of the January meetings - a good start to 2016. I would like to thank the Monday group for their enthusiasm for the Flying Free Project and getting into the spirit of “creative play” so well. A beautiful flock of birds created, pic below. What a wonderful “buzz” at the Saturday meeting too - it seems brooches can create quite a level of excitement. Thanks to all who brought brooches and so generously talked about them and/or demonstrated techniques (see pics). Congratulations too to the members who displayed such diverse and brilliant “show and tell” textile art. The creative positivity and sharing at both of these meeting really epitomise for me what is so great about NCEATA.

Following on from the “Brooching the Subject” competition hosted by Timeless Textiles, NCEATA will also make ‘brooches’ its display theme for 2016. Clever suggestion thanks, Sue Russell. The textile tiles, rainbow textile art and banners have all been fantastic projects which not only promote NCEATA but also give us all opportunities to ‘experiment” with textile art techniques. There was also a whisper from some Saturday members that some contributions of “blue zipper” pieces a la Connie Allen, could be put together as NCEATA wall brooch? With Connie’s instruction I made a little swirl as I am sure others did, so it could come together as quite an artistic piece I am sure.

I have been a bit slack getting together the details for the Member’s Scholarship. I promise I will have these ready for the February meetings . . . If you haven’t heard, NCEATA will be offering a member a scholarship to a workshop in 2016 - more details coming.

Please remember the Hunter Art Bazaar on 3 April and our workshop with Raewyn Penrose coming up in April too. The February meeting agendas look really exciting, so hope you are able to come. I will be at the Saturday meeting, but unfortunately, I will miss the Monday one as I will be celebrating the 40th birthday of Anne’s Glory Box ( I am sure some of you remember that treasure trove of a store), now located in Coffs Harbour.

Best wishes and happy creating,

Wilma Simmons, President


Am I really wishing everyone a merry Christmas in this newsletter - already? Unbelievably, it is that time of the year. First and foremost is the reminder that exhibition coordinator Maria is already preparing for the annual exhibition of members’ work and that critiquing of works in progress will be held at the November meetings. Sandra is also ready to accept works for the travelling suitcase, so please bring your work to one of the November meetings for show and tell, even if it is not finished.

At the last committee meeting, we considered the suggestion of members to have more access to workshops. Carolyn Clausen and Anne-Marie Kelly will be coordinating a workshop by NZ felter, Raewyn Penrose in April next year. I am also working on a proposal which will offer a scholarship to a member to attend a textile art related workshop in 2016 - all fees paid by NCEATA.

At last month’s Saturday’s meeting, I forgot to ask for suggestions for future exhibition/travelling suitcase themes. At the Monday meeting, there was a great suggestion from Treena - that we should vote for two themes - so we will have the 2017 and 2018 themes decided before the 2016 exhibition opens! This will give everyone lots of time to complete superb works. At the November meetings, we will be considering some themes and taking a vote on them. So far, here are some of the suggestions:
- Four elements (five elements?)
- Seasons
- Reflections
- Harmony
- Understorey
- Silver (apparently it is 25 years in 2016 since the Saturday group was formed?)

MORE SUGGESTIONS ARE NEEDED - You can give me your ideas at the next meeting or email them to me please.

BIG thanks to last month’s workshop tutors - Bronwyn and Anne-Maree. Both workshops were very well received by large numbers. The quality of the work from both workshops was brilliant. Congratulations to all participants and tutors.

Finally, thanks also to the very hard working enjoyed and committed committee members. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes in the last couple of months, particularly with some additional administrative tasks related to a tax issue, for the secretary and treasurer. Thanks, Sue and Carolyn. Both Saturdays and Mondays have been fun, lively, creatively motivating and happy so special thanks to Judi and Susie for coordinating such wonderful meeting days.

And so nothing more I can think of, except - to all those who celebrate - Merry Christmas!

Wilma Simmons, President


“Such a great atmosphere”, “inspiring mini workshops”, “so friendly” …. these are some of the positive comments I have received after the September “Textile Tasters” - thanks to all members who shared their skills and knowledge and to Roberta who led an equally fun workshop on the following Monday. I feel privileged to be part of the leadership team of this great group - so reassuring to receive the excellent feedback with so many members wanting to join NCEATA.

The Morpeth Hunter Art Bazaar was another great opportunity to promote NCEATA - thanks again to Robin, Leeanne (Robin’s daughter), Susanne and Margaret for your help on the day. Again - such positive and good comments about the work on display. Please put 29 November in your diaries. We will have a double stall at this “Christmas” Art Bazaar, at its new location, Lambton Park. All work for sale can be given to me by 27 November. It would be wonderful if someone could coordinate this NCEATA event as I would also like to book a stall for the “Flying Free” Project.

As we are now in the last quarter of the year, it is time to think seriously about our annual exhibition, ”Mottainai - Too precious to waste” Next month will be the critiquing day for exhibition work - works in progress are most welcome. I really encourage you to participate in the process of critiquing work - constructive comments from a different perspective are very valuable to the artist’s growth, so we need exhibition work to critique as well as members to join teams to offer support and encouragement by sharing their opinions about the work.

Please also start thinking about themes for the 2017 exhibition - all suggestions will be put to a vote at the November meetings.

On a personal note, I have had such a great boost in the last month to my creative motivation by doing workshops with the talented doll maker/sculptor, Susie McMahon and with the extraordinary textile artist Els van Baarle. I encourage all members to expand their art practice by trying a different creative experience over the next month - going to an exhibition, participating in a workshop or a creative play day, setting yourself a daily challenge (like a photo a day on a theme?), make something from only materials in your stash, do some research, or have a chat with another artist ….. just give yourself some time for yourself to explore new possibilities.

Looking forward to the felting fun with Bronwyn on Saturday 17th October and with Anne Marie on Monday 19th October.

Wilma Simmons, President


This month seemed to fly… and here we are - Spring! As they say, changing seasons bring new beginnings. Hope this means some new creative activity for all!

Congratulations and thanks to Rhonda, Lyn and Carolyn and all the member demonstrators and helpers at the Stitches and Craft Show. NCEATA had an outstanding display of work (a huge area) which created a lot of interest and enthusiasm for textile art. It was such a great pleasure to witness the professionalism and passion which all members displayed for their work and the group.

The bunting looked fabulous - thanks to all who contributed. Displayed work which was not collected was returned to the storage area at the church. If possible, it would be good if it could all be collected at the September meetings.

NCEATA will have a stand at the Hunter Art Bazaar in Morpeth on Sunday 13th September. Thanks to Robin, Suzanne and Margaret who volunteered to help me with this. If you have any suitable work you would like to sell, please deliver it to me by 12th September at 11 Kilpanie Road, Lambton. Please label work and provide a price list.

I really enjoyed the August meetings - thanks to Saturday and Monday coordinators, Judi and Susie for the varied and interesting program. I know the Monday program of fabric collage and boro techniques with Peggy Lawton was very interesting and inspired many for the exhibition and I hope you found the Saturday session helpful …. there is so much to explore with digital photos and fabric!

The September meetings promise to be even more fun, with the textile tasters and Roberta’s bags. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend these meetings although I am looking forward to the workshop with Els van Baarle which I booked sometime ago.

Thanks to all who completed the little survey last month. (The survey is in this month's newsletter if you missed it). There were some very good suggestions which the committee now have in summary form and will be considering. One of the suggestions has already been implemented - appointing a member to “take care of”/buddy a new person to NCEATA. I hope this will make all new members feel very welcome and comfortable, so I would like to thank those who already have ‘mentored’ someone last month. There were also many great suggestions for workshops - we still have a vacancy on the committee for a workshop coordinator. With so many ideas, this role should not be too onerous. I would also think that it could be a shared role, with different people coordinating individual workshops throughout the year. If you are interested in this position, or even helping to organise a single workshop, please contact secretary Carolyn.

Please continue working on wonderful items for the exhibition - Maria will soon be reminding you of the timeline. Happy creating!

P. S. Committee members, there will not be a committee meeting on Saturday 19 September. However, it would be great if a few of the committee could arrive a little earlier to help Judi set up for the "Textile Tasters" - I expect there will be a large number for the Saturday meeting. I will try to organise a committee meeting at another convenient time as there are a few issues to discuss.

Wilma Simmons, President


Firstly, thank you all for your nomination and support as I take on the presidency of NCEATA. I am looking forward to the year because this is such a great group and because of the so many brilliant members who do so many of the jobs which, in turn, make this a great group. Congratulations to all who have accepted positions this year - each of you has an important role and I appreciate your commitment to supporting, developing and nurturing creative textile art practice.

Congratulations to all who exhibited in “Textile Trends”, the NCEATA exhibition at Quiltarama in Dungog on 25 & 26 July - such high quality and diverse work! Special thanks to Judi and her team of helpers for the hard work to administer, transport, hang and dismantle this exhibition. The positive feedback and high exposure for NCEATA was excellent promotion for our group and the members’ skills and talents - thanks to all involved! Our next “outing” will be the Newcastle Stitches and Craft Show, 13-16 August. We will have our creative textiles banners out, and already there is a list of members who will demonstrate a specific techniques of skill to showcase what NCEATA does. Thanks to members who volunteered to represent NCEATA at this show and please make sure you confirm with secretary Carolyn so your name will appear on the Stitches and Craft Show organiser’s list. Thanks to Carolyn, Lyn and Rhonda who are coordinating this event.

At all times, I hope you will provide me with feedback about the organisation of NCEATA and how the committee might help to enhance your NCEATA experience. I have prepared a very short questionnaire which is the last page of this newsletter to help me and the committee make some future plans for NCEATA. Please share your thoughts and ideas because this is your group … you can email me your response or post it to 11 Kilpanie Road, Lambton 2299, or just fill it in anonymously and leave it at one of the August meetings. All comments will be confidential.

In the meantime, create happily - are you preparing for our annual exhibition, Mottainai?

Wilma Simmons, President


So here we go - the end of another ‘year’ with a great bunch of people, and much creativity. Thanks for all the good things that are happening, for the ideas and sharing, laughter, inspiration and encouragement. As I say to others NCEATA is a great group to be part of. A place of ideas and encouragement . . .

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to create."
Nicole Malebranche Incredible art department Quotes about Art http://www.incredibleart .org/lessons/middle/quotes.htm

Thanks to those who have given their time and energy to serve others through a role. It’s exciting to see people being nominated and prepared to stand for positions, with the main ones being: Wilma for President, Carolyn for Secretary, Sue for Treasurer, Judi for Newsletter and shared Webmaster, Daniela is the other Webmaster . . . there are lots more. I hesitate to try and write them as I’m sure to forget someone and that would be really bad. (It would be far worse than forgetting the 7th dwarf). We have tried to have a ‘vice’ for each position and it would be good to strengthen this, along with a good spattering of people from both meeting days, as this helps with input and information sharing. So if you are interested, join the team. There are a number of people doing a bit so no one person has to do-it-all.

What’s next? Well NCEATA has a healthy bank balance to be used to serve the club members, so if you have ideas for amazing workshops please pass them on OR work with others to help make it happen and of course Quiltarama is just around the corner - an opportunity to show off our work!

Bronwyn (Greive), President


“I rarely drink, I don't smoke, so my vice is probably creating. I'm addicted to creating.” Andre Benjamin. From: Brainy Quote - Creating Quotes

I’d like to think that like Andre creating was my only vice. Unfortunately it is not so. However like all of us at NCEATA creating is one of my great loves. The committee and others have worked so well this past 12 months to see that there are interesting and varied workshops each month on Mondays and Saturdays. And there are a number of excellent opportunities for everyone in the second half of the year- exhibiting at Quiltarama NCEATA TEXTILE TRENDS Dungog, Art Bazaar (although we have been rained out a couple of times this year), Newcastle Stitches & Craft Show, the annual exhibition at Timeless Textiles. We do encourage members to have a go - exhibit if they can - sell when they can and keep getting better and better at textiles. Remember we are creative embroiderers and textile artists so there is a lot of scope within those boundaries!

Once again we move towards the AGM (July) where we review the year and chose people to be at the helm. If you are interested in becoming more involved do speak to or email Carolyn or myself we’d love to hear from you. Positions include the usual suspects: Secretary, Treasurer, President, Librarian, plus Webmaster, plus Coordinators for: the meetings/workshops, newsletter, gallery exhibitions, suitcase exhibitions, Stitches n Craft Show and that is not exhaustive. I told you we are active! The good thing is that most jobs also have a small group who works with them too, so nothing is a one-woman-show. Although some are one-woman and one-man shows thanks to the dedication of certain partners and husbands.

Over the past few years I have really enjoyed being president of such an inspiring group of people. It has not been onerous although these past few months I believe I have not been pulling my weight. With my own creative practice I am currently: doing an honours program at university in textiles and Natural History Illustration, exhibiting fairly often in a few different media, setting up Natural History Illustration teaching in schools and at Blackbutt reserve, and working with Max towards establishing a Creative Spiritual Retreat. That’s without family and sleeping - I can see why I have let things slide.

So I am standing down as president but will continue to be involved – life without NCEATA? Mmmm doesn’t make sense to me at this stage so I will be around. Thank you for trusting me to represent you and I am sad I can’t do it all, but I have enjoyed it and appreciated it.

Bronwyn (Greive), President


Well 2015 is fully under way with great things happening on both Monday and Saturday, thanks to our coordinators Catherine and Judi.

It was great that both Monday and Saturday groups benefitted from Wendy’s expertise on fashion illustrations. Even if we aren’t going to take up the career they were very useful skills. Thanks Wendy.

Thanks to everyone for their response for Lovedale in June- it’s a great opportunity and we’ll see how that goes.

There are a couple of current chances to display your work without having to create new pieces if you don’t want to as neither require new work:

1. The new LISTS: Local in Schools Textile Suitcase –very clever name Carolyn. The work needs to be small enough to fit in an average suitcase and have a sheet with information about techniques on it to encourage and inspire the students. Anyone prepared to give an artist talk at interested schools can let Trish Thompson know, as she will be handling the bookings. Thanks Trish & Carolyn. If you know anyone teaching textiles or art in local schools please let them know about this great new opportunity. We will also be sending out information about the student scholarships so they can make use of them too.

2. Dungog quilt show where NCEATA will be on show in our exhibition TEXTILE TRENDS. Any old or new innovative work may be submitted to Judi Nikoleski for this show at the end of July.

A number of bunting triangles have come in- thanks to all those who have done some- we look forward to having a lovely string of them to hang at markets, stalls and events.

A note for website administrat-ion: contact Daniela to update your members’ slideshow. It is good for each of us to have one and keep it looking fresh. Thanks Daniela.

We are sorry to pass on the news that Jenny Crain is currently having treatment for Breast Cancer and while this is not textile art news, she would like to remind any woman over 40 to PLEASE have that free Mammogram every 2 years. Yes short term pain/discomfort for long term gain. I have now booked mine after the reminder letter sat on my desk for 8 months. We wish her all the best with her treatment.

Well if Stephen R. Covey is right that: “Nothing is more exciting or bonding in relationships as creating together.” from then let’s get bonding through creating!

Bronwyn (Greive), President


Wine and Roses was a great exhibition thanks to all. A big thanks to Wilma for all her hard work leading the team. We have benefitted greatly from her generosity and ability. Wills is stepping down from this role, so if anyone is interested let us know.

As I mentioned last year Christine Sutcliffe has been through quite a difficult time with cancer treatment. She is doing well but is no longer creating like she used to and has donated a number of her books to the library. We appreciate her generosity, continue to miss her but wish her well.

Discussing people being unwell has lead to Sheila Francis volunteering to become a Welfare person for the club, or as one group calls it, the Sunshine person. We are grateful for her offer and if you know of anyone not well let Sheila know and she will follow up. She will be looking for donations of handmade textile cards to be used in this role.

Thanks also to Carolyn Clausen for helping pull together the guidelines for the local schools suitcase exhibition and to Trish Thompson for overseeing it. Works for this first one can be things already done as there won't be a theme. It will be important to include thorough details about techniques as this is particularly helpful for students. Please consider if you would be available for artist's talks sometime.

If you know anyone in the textile or art departments of Hunter schools please let them know about this great new opportunity and the NCEATA student scholarship too.

There is no quote this month as I am on holidays and being lazy. Unfortunately I won't be at the February meetings but it is exciting to see the many great workshops and thanks to all who are sharing their knowledge and time.

Bronwyn (Greive), President


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