Isle of Man News
News : January 2019 Newsletter
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News : September 2018
News : November 2017 Newsletter
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News : September 2017
The Isle of Man Guild joins the UK Guild 2017 Festival at The Wedgwood Museum.
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News : Spring-Summer 2017
In April the group created a costume in silk for the Island’s Bi-Annual “Wearable Art Show”.
This year we chose a delightful model, Mia aged eleven, whom we named “Sweet Pea”.
Anne Cannell designed an outfit in silk . The group acquired a white silk dress in a charity shop. This we dyed in sweet pea colours and made sweet pea petals.
Anne also led a Museum workshop experimenting with more glass fusion. We were all thrilled with the results of our two day session.
Jean Buck worked on a large three tired banner panel for our Museum in Peel. She had seen one exhibited at the Festival in America last year and couldn’t wait to get started on panels with our castle in Peel stretched across.
News : March 2017
Following the success of our glass fusing workshop last year we decided to embark on another one in 2017. Over the Winter we had scouted around the local charity shops collecting suitable glass. The results were interesting having used left over scraps of painted silk that came to life once again when adhered to the glass.
News : December 2016
Manx Museum Seminar Room Workshop dates for 2017 are as follows :
February: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th 10.00-4.00 Fusion of silk onto glass or your own work
April: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th 10.00-4.00 Mixed Techniques/ No flow and wax etc. or your own work. Preliminary work on 3 tier banner.
September: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th 10.00-4.00 Embellishing painted silk and stretching silk onto mount board.
News : Summer 2016
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News : September 2015 Press Release
“ Cooineemayd Orroo”– “We will Remember them”
The Poppy Banner, hand painted on silk, commemorates the 501 Manx servicemen and women who gave their lives during World War 2. A project to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Isle of Man. It was designed and made by Betty Hopson, a member of The Guild of Silk Painters IOM, and painted with the help and sponsorship of members of the public. The banner will be handed over to the Chairman of the Island’s British Legion – the Hon. Steve Rodan (SHK) at the Sefton Hotel , Douglas on Remembrance Day following the Service at the Memorial. Artist Betty Hopson will be awarded a Certificate from the Legion for her work. The banner will then go on show in a glass case at The Strand Centre over the Legion’s Poppy Appeal for the public to view their painted poppies after which it will go to St Johns Church. The MANN050 Friendship Centre have sponsored cards of the banner which will continue to raise funds for the Island’s Legion.
News : September 2015
Betty Hopson with the Poppy Banner at The Guild's "Sailing into Silk" Exhibition at The Sailor's Shelter Peel
News : August 2015
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News : Summer 2015
A group of six Isle of Man members attended the Guild’s 20th Celebrations. The cost of the workshops, travel and hotel were covered by a bursary from the Isle of Man Arts Council. We were also fortunate in receiving from the Isle of Man post office a sum of £350 for the silk painted artwork we produced for the Islands stamps released last October. This extra sum afforded us the pleasure of attending the Celebration dinner and extra costs incurred during our travels We have returned to the Island inspired by the workshops attended and have gained a massive amount of information that we are now pooling together to plan our own workshops for next year.
Since our last Journal report we have produced two items for the bi-annual “Wearable Art” show on the Island . “Miss Strawberry” and Miss Iris” were put together by Carol Tuson from the New Zealand “Florabundance” book of wearable flowers by Jenny Gillies and painted by the group. The strawberries had a touch of gold gutta added ! The silk Iris hat was designed and painted by member Anne Cannell. The outfits were a success and have successfully been on show in The Hodgson Loom gallery on the island and also in August at our Annual Royal Agriculture show.
In May The Manx Wildlife Trust opened their Ayres Visitor Centre and the public were invited to help paint a silk banner by Jean Buck of the Ayres Nature Reserve . The banner was subsequently raffled at the Island’s Marine Festival weekend in August and raised £220 for the Trust.
The group are now recovering from the Celebrations and working on an exhibition we have titled “Sailing Into Silk” which opens on 6th September at The Sailors Shelter in Peel.
A highlight of the exhibition will be a banner designed by member Betty Hopson. She has surrounded the island on silk with 502 poppies all individually drawn in memory of the servicemen and women from the Isle of Man who gave their lives in World War Two. Each one will be hand painted. Members of the public are invited to paint a poppy for £1. The money will go to the British Legion. The final poppies will be painted by the Mann050 Friendship Centre members at The Sefton Hotel on November 11th – Remembrance Day following a service at the Island’s War Memorial. The collected poppy money will then be handed over to the Legion.
News : Oct 2014
Silk Banners released on Stamps - IOM Post Office yearbook
News : August 2014
Yvonne Bell UK Guild silk painter from the Milton Keynes
branch seen with the cope she designed and painted
for the Dean of St. German Cathedral, Peel.
The cope has been on show at the Archibald Knox Centenary Exhibition, The House of Manannan, Peel
News : July 2014
35 “Year Six” pupils of The Clothworkers School in Peel, undertook an art project to paint a silk banner of 35 wildflowers for the Island’s “ Year of Culture”.
News : November 2013
THE CELTIC KINGDOM FESTIVAL OF SILK
ISLE OF MAN TOWN BANNERS
Designed and painted by Isle of Man Guild Members : Click images to view large versions
CASTLETOWN - Ann Cannel
LAXEY - Hilary Bruce
PEEL - Betty Hopson
PORT ERIN Jean Buck
PORT ST MARY Sarah Goulden and Chris Cowell
RAMSEY Jan Avron-Cotton
The banners hung in The Sayle Gallery Festival Exhibition and are
now displayed in the Town Halls.
Cards have been printed from the banners and are on sale in packs of six with envelopes at St Pauls Book Shop, Ramsey or can be ordered from the Guild at £3.75 per pack : Contact : Jean Buck
Press Release : April 2013
The Isle of Man Guild of Silk Painters are hosting the Bi- Annual
UK Festival. The main
highlights will be the SILK ART EXHIBITION at the prestigious SAYLE GALLERY and the
FASHION SHOW of hand painted silk gowns and accessories at The Sefton Hotel. The Exhibition
will open two weeks prior to the Festival .
Workshops will be ongoing all weekend and top names in silk painting will be tutoring and inspiring would be enthusiasts . Mandy Southan whose work is much admired and whose books are constantly referred to will be demonstrating the Japanese art of “ ShIbori Designs and Techniques” and “Flowers on Silk”. Melinda Berkovitz has three workshops on her exciting design work and surface embellishment. R uth Brown will introduce “ Digital Imagery and Cyanotypes on silk”.
The Celtic Kingdom Festival programme commences with an exclusive private viewing at the Manx Museum Theatre of the works of Island born Archibald Knox . Local Manx diver and photographer Maura Mitchell will present a stunning presentation of the Islands underwater sea world. - which will inspire all those planning to take part in the workshop : “Creating an Underwater World” on silk.
The Garden Room at The Sefton Hotel will be taken over on the morning of Saturday 21st September by Anne Selby, textile artist with an interest in the Japanese technique of Shibori pleating. Her luxurious stoles, boas and scarves in silk create dramatic effects. This will be an opportunity to view the special work of this talented lady and her invention of a pleating machine which has won her awards and international acclaim.
Saturday morning will also see UK vestment designer – Yvonne Bell, of the Milton Keynes branch of the Guild at St Thomas’s Church, Douglas with a display of her hand painted vestments for St Germans Cathedral on the Island.
THE FASHION SHOW and DINNER – on Saturday 21st at The Sefton Hotel will be a big Festival highlight Guests will be welcomed in the Atrium to the music of the Mannin Folk Trio. The Fashion Show follows the Dinner. Hand painted gowns from Jan Billings of “Facets of Avalon” will be paraded along with works from Ann Selby - and creations from home and abroad to Include the work of Sayle Gallery artist Cas Powles.
All the events are in the same vicinity on the Promenade and within easy walking distance of each other. On Saturday and Sunday there will be activities on the go from 10.30 -17.00 in the Villa Marina Promenade Arcade – painting parasols; kite painting for children; demonstrations and workshops. Yvonne Bell will have a display and presentation - “SILK ON SUNDAY” which promises to draw a crowd of locals to see her spiritual works.
Our website has booking forms and information for all the Events and workshops www.silkguildiom.org
Jean Buck MBE
Guild of Silk Painters Isle of Man