Isle of Man News : ARCHIVE

News : September 2018

Photo Album from the September Workshop - Anethia Sellars : Seascapes and landscapes

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 : November 2015 Newsletter

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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

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.

Miss Strawberry Miss Iris

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.

Ayres Banner


Sailing Into Silk

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 - Cope

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”.

 Workers School - Year of Culture

News : November 2013


Designed and painted by Isle of Man Guild Members : Click images to view large versions

LAXEY - Hilary Bruce
PEEL - Betty Hopson
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 

Jean Buck MBE
Guild of Silk Painters Isle of Man


PEEL Betty Hopson