January 2022

President Julie Andrews welcomed twenty-four members to the January meeting which was held on Zoom. Apologies for absence were accepted and the record of the December meeting was read, approved, and signed.

Christmas Tree Festival. As a result of the sale of tea and cakes at the festival and the sales from the beautifully crafted decorations on our trees, Castle Green donated £110.00 to the Lads’ Club.

NFWI Annual Meeting. This meeting will be held in Liverpool on Saturday June 11th and Castle Green need a delegate to represent us and other local WIs. Please contact Julie if you wish to be our delegate or have any questions.

The President welcomed our speaker Alison Gardiner who was at her home in Southsea. Alison is a designer and illustrator who started her talk with details of her father a designer and painter who had worked on the Festival of Britain exhibition and who knew many of the leading textile designers of the day. This inspired Alison to become a designer. During her foundation year at St. Albans Art College a tutor, who was also an agent for a greetings card company, suggested that she sent her designs to the company which were accepted. After graduating from the West Surrey College of Art and Textile Design Alison joined the company full time but after eight months, she went freelance so that she could make her own designs.

We were show examples of her work including cards, wrapping paper, magazine and children’s books illustrations. Alison has designed Advent Calendars for the Royal Collection, the National Trust, Highgrove House, Cathedrals and many other organisations.

Alison also showed us her designs for a mug for the Hampshire WI Federation. Below to left is her first sketch on her ideas of what the WI stood for, but that did not go down well at all ! On the right is the design that was finally accepted to be used for not only Hampshire Federation, but many others including our own East Kent Federation.

Another design made by Alison for Denman College.

We also saw a short video of how Alison draws and paints her original artwork and we had a sneak preview of her designs for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Alison’s talk was a fascinating insight to the world of design and illustration.

Jackie Vickerman gave the vote of thanks.

Click here to read the details of our next meeting to be held on Friday February 11th 2022 at 10am