Message From The President
Your response to the Guild’s officer and committee chair needs was most heartening. However, there is no retirement in this Guild: just because you did something once, doesn’t mean you are off the hook forever: we are a small Guild and just to fulfill our basic needs, all members need to participate either as leaders or supporters. A seemingly big deal can be broken down into smaller elements each of which can be handled by a different member so the big deal is no longer such a mountain, yet the end result is obtained. We will be looking for a Shepherd’s Festival coordinator in the near future– could this be you? Could you lead/coordinate/be a cog in a big wheel? These events don’t put themselves on. Think on it for the next month or so (but if the mood strikes you now, give me a call!) Enough nagging.
I have seen several articles recently decrying the increasing volume of trash caused by discarded clothing – clothing that is designed and sold to be ephemeral and not long lasting. Here is a great opportunity for our hand made goods – they are made to last, don’t disintegrate after ten wearings; are made with care of quality materials and each is unique. A phrase that resonated with me: “the joyful enduring value of finely crafted wares” perfectly describes our design and crafting processes and could be our mantra when educating the public on the quality of our offerings. William Morris said in a similar vein: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Our woven, handspun, knitted, felted, etc. items epitomize Morris’s philosophy.