02 October 2019Chiltern Hills Special Interest Days 2019
02 October 2019Chiltern HIlls Area Special Interest Days 2019
08 July 2019The Arts Society Amersham, visit to Birmingham
08 July 2019The Arts Society Amersham, visit to Birmingham

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Chiltern Hills Special Interest Days 2019
Wednesday 02 October 2019

Chiltern Hills Area SPECIAL INTEREST DAYS 2019
Heritage Highlights
Day 1 Wednesday 2 October 2019 THE WHOLE ART OF THE BOOK
Why was the best paper made from the worn-out clothes of peasants? Why is gold leaf so thin that it is measured in atoms? Why did gold finishers get paid more than other bookbinders despite not washing their hair? And why is the art of bookbinding, surely as beguiling today as it was when it was invented on the banks of the Nile 2,000 years ago. Session 1 tells the story of the making of a traditional hand bound book. Dominic Riley, not only a valued Arts Society lecturer, but also a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and Vice President of the society of Bookbinders. In 2013 he won the Sir Paul Getty International bookbinding Competition, and his winning binding was acquired by the Bodleian Library. Session 2 will be a live demonstration of bookbinding techniques. Session 3 will be a ‘show and tell’ of interesting bindings. The final session invites participants to bring along a book of their own they may like to discuss.
Day 2 Monday 21 October 2019 EMBROIDERY AND TEXTILES
Session 1 The history of embroidery from the Bayeux Tapestry to the wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge. Embroidery is an embellishment for garments, interior decorations, for the church and for royalty. This lecture will show the changing fashions of embroidery and techniques including goldwork, blackwork, silk shading, canvas work, stump work and whitework.
Session 2 Will focus on how textile colours came alive in the 19th. century Susan Kay Williams is Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2015 she was made a Fellow of the Society of Dyers and Colourists in recognition of her work on the history of dyes.
Session 3Will Phillip, Keeper of Social History Bucks County Museum Resource Centre will give a short talk about the Museum’s costume and textiles collection and then an Embroiderers’ Guild member will show us around the Guild’s exhibition gallery in the Museum.
Day 3 Friday 15 November 2019 ART IN THE CITY
The City of London has over 2000 years of history crammed into one square mile. Join Alexandra Epps, Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Guildhall Art Gallery. Pallant House Gallery Lecturer. City Lit Institute Art History Tutor. Qualified Guide to the City of London and Lecturer, to explore some aspects of the arts within this unique square mile including: The magical stained glass, created by remarkable artists and craftsmen, to be found within the City churches. Discover their symbolism, spiritual dimensions and radiant visual beauty. The wealth of intriguing modern and contemporary public art to found on the historic streets or nestling within the secret courtyards
and tranquil gardens of the City. From the intimate to the monumental - creations ranging from the hand crafted to the high tech. And finishing with a journey through artists’ many interpretations of the Thames.
Venue for Study Days 1 and 3 – The King’s Church, Raans Rd, Amersham HP6 6LX. (10.30am - 3.00pm)
Price £37 per day. Includes coffee and sandwich lunch.
Venue for Study Day 2 – The Buckinghamshire County Museum, Church St,
Aylesbury HP20 2QP. (10.30am - 3.00pm) Price £35 per day. Includes coffee.
Open to both The Arts Society members and non-members
Booking: Download the Booking Form from
OR contact Felicity Sykes on Tel. 01296 620830.