Our Textile Group has had a busy year processing the many interesting textile items which have been donated to the Redland Museum and I would like to thank our Textile Group – Anne Tully, Anne Fermer, Agnes Tardant and Nola McCullagh for their hard work and loyalty during the year – except for sickness and holidays they rarely miss a day. I would like to mention two items we have processed:
One is a beautiful black silk bustle skirt from the 1860s, this has many drapes and flounces and frills of black jet beads, it was surprisingly heavy but also fragile. It had belonged to a lady whose wealthy family owned coal and iron mines in Wales, we hope to display it later in the year.
The other is a very rare item – a silk nightgown made from a parachute during WWII. This item is currently on display in our “Threads of Courage” Exhibition. Our thanks to Rick Thomason for allowing us to use the silk postcard display from his last Exhibition.
Some of our activities have included 3 special Exhibitions; Wedding Gowns; Festivals & Shows; and the current one – “Threads of Courage”. We assisted with a Textile display in 3 glass display cases and clothing for 3 models for the “Not Just a Mannequin” Exhibition and have also supplied textile items for internal displays by the Library and the display cases in the main hall.
Our members have attended workshops on Conservation and Care of Textiles by Tess Evans ACR and also a workshop for the National Dress Register. We have visited Textile Exhibitions, eg “Golden Years of Hollywood”. Throughout the year we have been processing (along with other donations) many items donated by a lady who had been a Milliner for over 40years and hope to have a Millinery Display later in the year.
Our many thanks to Rick Thomason, Ray, Don, Steve, Mike, Russell, Peter and Graham and the collection group, Kellie and Les Warner and Alison and Kim for their unfailing assistance during the year, whenever we needed something to be done they were there!
We also supply knitted toys and craft mobiles for the Museum to sell at the front reception and I would like to particularly thank Anne Fermer who has knitted so many of the toys , Agnes who has created the mobiles and Audrey Warner who has recently started knitting toys as well, you do a great job! Since the last AGM we have made $513 for the Museum from the sale of these beautiful and cute toys and mobiles and a total of $1,718 since we started this idea 3 years ago.
I hope you have enjoyed our displays and Exhibitions. Jan Banks