Feltmakers Ireland held their Annual General Meeting on Sunday to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Founder and former guild president Elizabeth Bonnar shared her story, including the group’s inception and its journey over the past two decades. Her speech was moving and inspiring, and the members were fascinated to learn about the events she participated in during her time as president.
Additionally, Elizabeth brought some of her beautiful felted creations to share. More of her work can be seen in an upcoming blog post. Many thanks to Clodagh Mac Donagh and Kay McKenna for helping to artfully display Elizabeth’s work.
The outgoing guild president, Breda Fay, spoke about the accomplishments of the past year and expressed her gratitude to everyone who has helped to make the guild vibrant. Next, Lorna Cade spoke on behalf of the outgoing secretary, Clare Brophy, thanking her for her hard work during her time with the guild. Both Breda and Clare were recognised for all of their hard work.
Annika Berglund, the treasurer, gave a presentation on the guild’s finances, providing transparency and accountability to members. She also had on hand, printed copies of the new book, Exploring Irish Wool for Felting. Several members purchased copies of this important book.
Towards the end of the meeting, Secretary Fiona Leech drew names from a felted vessel. Ramona Farrelly was awarded the bursary prize of 250 euros to be used for a felt-making workshop.
Of course, there was tea, coffee and cakes to be enjoyed!
Some members brought pieces that they have created. Apologies for the lackluster photography.
Overall, the meeting was a great success, with members coming together to celebrate the guild’s 20th Anniversary, reflect on the past year’s accomplishments, and plan for the future. It was also an opportunity for members to showcase their creativity and for the guild to recognize the contributions of its members.
Many thanks to all who were able to attend either in person, or via the Zoom link.
Apologies if anyone’s contributions have been overlooked.