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Embroidery Conference 2018 in New Zealand

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The chairperson of our MDA Embroidery Museum sub committee, Ann Dowling attended the Anzeg Embroidery Conference 2018 in New Zealand recently.
See Ann's report of her visit below
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"Following a visit by Wendy Johnson from New Plymouth New Zealand to our Museum two years ago, she informed us about the embroidery conference taking place in Nelson New Zealand in July 2018. On her return and having consulted the committee an invitation was extended to our Museum to attend. 

Given that my Husband Liam and I were coincidently planning a holiday to Australia around that time I offered and was happy to make a minor adjustment to our travel schedule to attend this conference and promote where possible Mountmellick Embroidery Museum and Mountmellick Development Association. As Chairperson of the Museum I was honoured to attend and be our foreign ambassador abroad for this our first overseas exhibition.

The embroidery conference itself is a bi-annual event which took place between the 13th to 19thJuly and attracted approximately 500 people from all over New Zealand. It was very efficiently hosted by the Nelson Anzac Committee. Prior to my Departure I had liaised closely with the organising committee members to fine tune my attendance, and to discuss the best way to make my trip meaningful.

The conference consisted of presentations from renowned figures and authors and workshops throughout the week facilitated by expert tutors like Yvette Staunton and Phillpa Turnbull. These in addition to other expert tutors whom I met were all aware of Mountmellick Embroidery and delighted to see first-hand all of the pieces both old and contemporary which I had so carefully brought with me on the long journey.

I was delighted  to be able to give a presentation to a large group on the opening day of the conference. I spoke about  Mountmellick Embroidery,The Mountmellick Development Association, the history of the town and its rich Quakers History. Before closing I also informed those assembled of the forthcoming embroidery tour taking place in Ireland, “Thread Softly through Ireland “. I then followed my presentation with a showing of the Museum Video on Mountmellick Embroidery to all assembled.

 I was honoured to make a presentation to the Nelson Guild Chairperson Catherine Atkinson of a commissioned piece I had brought with me. This framed piece was designed by Ann O Brien and crafted by our local expert tutors Ann O Brien, Delores Dempsey and Margaret Gorman. The design on this piece contained the silver fern of New Zealand and the shamrock of Ireland interwoven with forget me knots. The Committee were hugely appreciative of this gesture which will take pride of place in their guild. In return the Guild presented me with a book which covers two hundred years of craft history in New Zealand for our museum. All members present were very thankful for my attendance and PowerPoint presentation and then spent some time viewing the embroidery collection.

I have enclosed some photo’s in relation to the above.

In the coming weeks I will include some further details with photographs of the conference, exhibitions held, some of the numerous people I met and other interesting guilds that I visited during my travels in both New Zealand and Australia in order to promote all things in relation to Mountmellick Embroidery and Mountmellick Development Association. Please come back and visit this site for further updates."


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