The guest speaker at the May Meeting was Chris Behersing from Auckland, who spoke about the online "City and Guilds" course she has recently completed. Chris did the 12 month course of "Creative Sketchbooks". She spoke of the challenge of completing the course, and how it has opened her mind to new possibilities in her Art. Her sketchbooks showed the progression of the course, from simple beginnings to very complex work towards the end.
What is "City and Guilds"? here's an excerpt from Linda Kemshall's website. (City and Guilds tutor)
"City & Guilds is an internationally recognised awarding body founded in the 19th Century and originally financed by the City of London for it's livery companies. It has extended its certification services internationally and now has representation in over 100 countries. City & Guilds qualifications are respected worldwide and are the accepted standard for many tutors especially in the teaching of textiles in further and adult education."
You can see more of Chris's work in the Student Exhibitions of the Creative Sketchbook course. Also check out the Student Galleries and Exhibitions for the Patchwork and Quilting courses.
Chris successfully applied to the Quilt Auckland Trust Fund for a grant and to cover the costs of her course. This trust fund was set up using the profits of the last Auckland Quilt Symposium. Any quilter or quilt group from Taupo north is eligible to apply for funds.