W.I. June report


The Saturday basket making event was great fun and run by Olivia Keith an artist who specialises in environmental and reportage work. What a lovely lady – the sort every child should have as their aunty! Her website is a gem (www.oliviakeith.co.uk) and these pictures depict some of the things she does. To quote her “I make drawings as a way of valuing an activity, and as a way of truly ‘seeing’ it. Almost all are made entirely while the activity is going on and I am responding to what I see, feel and hear, usually very rapidly. This process often has a strong sense of ‘shared journey’ – of the draw-er with those being drawn; we are exposed and vulnerable, witness to one another’s struggles and achievements. When the event is over we are left with the traces of my experience; animated marks on a flat surface.”

As artist in residence at Furzey Gardens, Olivia made large reportage drawings documenting their Journey to Chelsea Flower Show in 2012. They and Minstead Training Project worked with Chris Beardshaw to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the gardens and to raise awareness of the valuable training for adults with learning disabilities that takes place at Furzey. The garden was awarded a gold medal.



Coming Up
17th June Group quiz at Shedfield 18th June our lunch out: venue tba
10th July Shedfield WI’s Strawberry Tea.     5th Aug Garden Party at Hambledon
Sun 8th Sept our coach trip to Brighton 11th Sept Group skittles at WCVH
7th Oct     Group meeting Step dancing at Durley

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm in Waltham Chase Village Hall. Just turn up if you’d like to join us.

By Wendy Ingamells

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