I belong to a group of women, artists and crafters, who meet on a regular basis once a month in turns in our homes. This friendship group was formed some years ago and grew strong. Creative energy flows in all of us, and we love to share its out comings with each other. The core of our group consisted of seven members, it has developed into ten by now. Guests are often invited to our meetings and it is the privilege of the particular hostess to do this. We also like to have a plan each time. So we bring in all kind of teachers who will give us small work shops. Once we learned silhouette cutting (Scherenschnitt), another time we drew Mandalas, we did card work and tried journaling. We are also teaching in between our group, sharing our individual knowledge. We made fabric from fiber, we dyed fabric, we discharged fabric with bleach, we painted fabric, we created colored paper, we made little bead brooches and a beaded pendant. We have the opportunity to get an insight into many different crafts from each other. Patchwork and quilting, bead jewellery, embroidery, mosaic making, knitting, crochet, pottery, glass art, painting, button work, papier mache, lamp bead work, we learned and taught patchwork techniques and embroidery stitches, and more. Once we had a wonderful lecture from one friend, about the painter Hundertwasser, with a lot of information and photos from a trip to Austria.
We invite lecturers on subjects of healing, how to better get along in life, how to overcome difficulties, how to understand ourselves and situations better. We had much joy with a woman who guided us on a gentle path with therapeutic cards. Many feelings surfaced and could be talked about.
We enthusiastically admire each others work and give a lot of positive feedback. We do not criticize. We encourage and comfort and excite each other in times of lows and downs. We talk about gallery visits and art exhibitions and share opinions about them.
Our group is very colorful, we are all different, we are turquoise and burgundy, sea blue and olive green, no yellow between us, but a lot of sun golden. We love to give presents. We smile in receiving them. There is something very sweet in true women friendship, and it is even sweeter during advanced age, we are all a bit more discerning and wiser.