Guernsey Government House

Lady Corder promotes Island's Arts and Crafts Club

Sarnia Arts & Craft Lady Corder joined members of Sarnia Arts & Crafts Club last Wednesday evening (21st Nov) to enjoy a fun evening of 'Gelli Printing' at their monthly club night on Wednesday. Lady Corder is the club's official Patron.

The 'Gelli Plate' is a reusable printing surface which looks and feels like gelatin. The technique (which was new to most of the members present and certainly new to Lady Corder) involves applying one or more acrylic colours to the plate with a roller and then laying a sheet of paper or cloth over the top to print from it.  Layers of paint can gradually be built up and stencils or every-day objects such as leaves, bubble wrap, string, scrunched up tissue paper etc can also be applied to create a variety of interesting effects.  The finished prints can then be used as backgrounds for paintings, as cards or, if printed on cloth, as cushions, tote bags or garments.

Local artists and Sarnia Arts & Crafts Club members Jill Herschel, Viv Le Page and Michelle Stringer demonstrated several of the basic techniques before everyone donned aprons and rolled up their sleeves to get stuck into creating their own gelli print masterpieces.   Before long everyone, including Lady Corder, had a stack of interesting designs and colourful stencilled prints to take home. 

The Sarnia Arts & Crafts Club organises an extensive  programme for members throughout the year including workshops given by both local and visiting artists from the UK and beyond as well as 'have a go' social evenings such as this one.  The club also holds a number of competitions throughout the year including hosting Guernsey's 'En Plein Air' painting competition in June and their Summer Exhibition in July which gives members the opportunity to display and sell their work.