And what a year it's been!
Seven Dials Club to spend the first Tuesday of the month lurking in Atlantis Bookshop on Museum Street.
Our talks of the year have been varied as we've seen the Dangerous Women, heard about the No More page 3 campaign, had a guided tour of our church by the inimitable Frank, learnt about campaigning from the Chair of the NFWI Public Affairs Committee, had a little holistic therapy, made paper birds, found out about the What I See Project and BeanStalk, died laughing trying to morris dance, met the chair of the Ghost Club, learned more about women in the Great War and even feminist art of the 1970s.
Out in the community we had cake stalls at Phoenix Gardens, supported the St George's Open House and did our bit at the Covent Garden Street festival.
Having gathered the names of the those that would like to be on the committee, Liz asked the members present whether they were prepared to accept them as a block, which they did! It certainly was easier than voting in each and every person. So, our committee for 2015 is:
The next task was to elect the president. Only members of the committee could be president and because of the process explained by Liz they had to be present to say whether they would be willing to take on the role, this sadly meant that neither Kate nor Jenny could be
press-ganged voted on as they weren't they to agree!
With this explained the members were asked to write down their preferred nomination and from these we were left with a nominated list of three.
For the final step each of the three would be asked to write down whether they would be prepared to take on the role and give this to Liz the rule being that if two or more said yes then we would have a private ballot of the members to decide. I'm sure that Liz told me what would happen if we all said no but to be honest by that point I may have forgotten what the rule was!
Without further ado Liz read and announced each decision and finally proclaimed yours truly as president.
The final step is for the committee to appoint the other officers and we'll give you an update as soon as this is done.
After a brief ceremony to hand over the presidential badge we finally got on with what everybody really wanted to hear about...
The graffiti knitter was Deadly Knitshade, aka Lauren O'Farrell, a fabulous lady who had looked cancer in the eye and tweaked its nose. She explained that she stumbled her way in to knitting as she endlessly waited for treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he story is quite amazing and I really would recommend you spend time reading it on her blog.
Her talk moved on to how she first became a graffiti knitter and how, by chance she found she could do good with it and as it happens eventually make it her work.
What really struck me was the range of things that had been done as well as how many of the pieces that inspired her I'd also stumbled across. I certainly had the feeling that this was a story that had so much more to tell and I for one will be watching for her latest antics. Sadly as we'd turned the lights off so we could see the images that went with her wonderful talk I didn't take as many notes as I would have liked to have done! Or any really. But if how far we overrun by is a guide to how good a talk is then this was definitely a winner.
At the end of the evening we had the opportunity to chat with Lauren a little more as well as purchase one of her excellent books! We'll have to invite her back again...
As you may know we usually give our speakers a thank you gift of a teapot with a cosy knitted by Jane. The morning after the presentation I saw a wonderful tweet by Deadly Knitshade that included the Vine image of her teapot below that we are showing with with Lauren's kind permission.