Guilds travel to the Rare Breed Show and Fiber Arts Exhibition in Sussex, England.

 

The Association of Guilds challenged its members to create projects that fit within a 6-inch ring. Photos courtesy of Weald & Downland Museum. 

Spinners from the West Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers. Photos courtesy of Weald & Downland Museum. 

Handspun yarn competition at the Rare Breeds Show. Photos courtesy of Weald & Downland Museum. 

Rare Breed Show 2012. Photos courtesy of Weald & Downland Museum. 

Guild newsletters in the United Kingdom were buzzing with travel plans in July. The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers brings together over one hundred guilds in the UK, as well as the international Online Guild, for a biennial National Exhibition. Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in Sussex, England, hosted the event on July 16-27, 2012. The Exhibition has two parts: Selected Work (juried show) and Unselected Work. The theme for the Unselected Work exhibit, in keeping with the London Olympics, was rings. Members were invited to submit artwork that fit within a 6-inch ring. The work could be created using any combination of fiber arts techniques, and the ring must have been included in the final piece. The Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers selected three rings for the National Exhibition from its membership this year. To see the 2012 selections, and those of past years, visit the guild's Competition page.

The National Exhibition coincided with the Rare Breed Show, an annual event hosted by the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum for the past twenty-seven years. The show holds competitions for rare breed sheep, cattle, goats, and pigs. There are also categories for fleeces, on and off the hoof, and handspun yarns.

 

 

 

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