Isle of Man News
News : August 2019
enjoyed a busy exciting Summer. The highlight of course
– being “Beside the
Sea” with everyone at Southend for the UK’s Guild Festival. We so enjoyed our time and
have come back to the Island full of ideas for our 2020 programme. Everyone was impressed with
Janis Moss’s design created at Patrick Moriarty’s workshop – so
much so that we plan on asking him over for a weekend next year so
we can all have a go at transforming our silk into an eye-catching textile print.
workshop I did with Anethia Sellars was great fun and won the
Mannin Art Exhibition’s “Favourite
news for our Group banner
at the Festival - it is to
be produced for cards and tea towels. July
been full of Summer Festivals on the Island. Carol Tuson who put
together the gown of
our throw out silks for the Wearable Art show has been
parading and displaying and
won 1st prize at our Southern Show for Art
"Cinders shall go to the Ball”
Isle of Man Silk Guild entry in the 2019 “Wearable Art” show
model – Linda
Designed and put together from members hand painted silk throw
outs by Carol Tuson.
News : January 2019 Newsletter
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News : September 2018
Album from the September Workshop - Anethia Sellars : Seascapes
News : November 2017 Newsletter
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News : September 2017
The Isle of Man Guild joins the UK Guild 2017 Festival at The
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News : Spring-Summer 2017
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
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
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
27th and Friday 28th 10.00-4.00 Mixed Techniques/
No flow and wax etc. or your own work. Preliminary work on 3
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 : November 2015 Newsletter
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News : September 2015 Press
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
Sailing Into Silk - Exhibition Entry Form
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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 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
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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 :
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CASTLETOWN - Ann Cannel
LAXEY - Hilary Bruce
PEEL - Betty Hopson
PORT ERIN Jean Buck
PORT ST MARY Sarah Goulden and Chris
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
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
FASHION SHOW of hand painted silk
gowns and accessories at The Sefton Hotel.
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
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
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
Jean Buck MBE
Guild of Silk Painters Isle of Man