Royal Norfolk Show
THE ROYAL NORFOLK SHOW WI COMPETITION.
Norfolk Framed: Food Farming and the Countryside.
After the success of our larger craft team’s entry in the Centenary Salver Competition, there was a little reluctance to getting involved in another project quite so soon. We all have outdoor stuff to get involved in to make the most of the good weather, and holidays and childcare matters also call on the time of our members. You can always count on a few hardy or reckless souls however, who will rise to a challenge, and our team of 4 decided to have a go, as always cheered on by other members of our WI.
The tight timetable and other commitments meant that we had to work fast, and the first discussions about the design and execution were admirably brief and focused. Each of us had ideas, and it took a while to home in on foraged food, from a wildlife and hedgerow setting that comes with well managed farmland and good conservation work in the landscape. The project was not a little coloured by our own delight in the flavours of traditional Norfolk grub. Thoughts of jugged hare, or pheasant cooked with hedgerow fruits and fungi focussed on harvest time in a farmed landscape with a riot of warm colours and texture available to interpret.
Once that image was there, we each went off to provide elements of the landscape, using a variety of methods, We used altered and preserved natural materials provided by Ruth and Shirley against a background, beautifully painted by Jinny, and a variety of fabric crafts worked by Lynn, Jinny and Ruth, which excited the eye with colour and texture. Shirley provided sculpture in clay and wood to add to the rich texture of the project. When all of the elements were created we worked together around a simple open framework, to create a 3D landscape. We liked the result, which when we stood back to view it, rather surprised us. That was good, as we finished at 11.30 am on the day it had to be submitted: no time to make alterations.
We take part in any crafting project for the fun of the activity; creating something with a purpose, a target to aim a, a reason to try out some of the new ideas picked up on YouTube and Pinterest. I would not be honest though, if I said we were not ever so thrilled to win.