The all important AGM & Guest Speaker WAFTA’s WAM 2017 Tertiary Student Award Winner: Tuesday October 17 2017 at 7pm

Kirsten Springvloed, ‘Waving Goodbye’, 2017.

An important date : the AGM & Wearable Art Guest Speaker

On Tuesday October 17 members attended and participated in the Annual General Meeting.
at Craft House, Clyde Road, Menora.
Chair, Di Binns gave an informative summary of WAFTA’s enormous year of 2017 events. It was encouraging to hear the ‘year in brief’ and what an exciting year. Without elaborating Di alluded to even more excitement in 2018.
Di handed over to Returning Officer, Margaret Ford to run the formal part of the meeting. Margaret addressed changes to the articles of Association and the nominations and elections of office holders and office bearers.
  • Members unanimously voted in the changes to the Articles of Association and the appointment of various offices and officers in the General Committee.
  • Madge Smith’s position (formerly Membership office bearer) is now that of Membership Secretary office holder.
  • We voted in and welcomed our new office holder Elsie Payne as Treasurer/Bookkeeper and our new committee member, Minutes Secretary Pip Rundle.
  • General committee office bearers Emma Seaton (Webmaster) and Jo Franco (Librarian) were voted to extend to a further one year term.
  • Retiring officers Jaye Quin and Joy Keith were warmly thanked for their terms of service.
  • In particular Joy was thanked for her longstanding support of and service to WAFTA. We look forward to continuing to see you both at upcoming WAFTA events.
  • New Catering Manager, Jenny van Gorkum was voted in to replace Joy Keith and warmly welcomed.

The AGM part of the meeting was declared closed and handed back to Di. 

  • The position of Deputy Chair is still vacant and nominations are always open for this important position as our Chair, Di Binns is vacating office at the end of 2018 and we need to train up a new leader. We strongly encourage your consideration of volunteering for this important role.
With formalities over we enjoyed listening to the future of contemporary textiles with Kirsten Springvloed, WAFTA’s Tertiary Student Award Winner at WAM 2017.
Kirsten, a South Metro TAFE Fashion Design Student introduced her winning Wearable Art 2017 piece Waving Goodbye, and surprised us by announcing that the total cost of the outfit was just over $16.00 comprising Op Shop fabric, a stimulus book and shoes.
The garment was a stunning piece and a timely statement on climate change held together by water soluble glue made from soluble packing peanuts.
‘Kiribati will be the first country to disappear due to climate change, washed away as the seas rise. The garment is a swell that builds and gently splashes at the last of the islanders and their history. Made mostly of soluble packing peanuts, it too can be destroyed by water.’ (WAM 2017 Showcase Program notes)
Kirsten’s talk left us all wondering once again about the future of the clothing industry, the waste it creates – mostly destined for landfill, re-purposing other waste materials and safe disposal. Wash-away clothing might be the future solution to this disturbing problem. Thank you Kirsten, for a very interesting presentation. We wish you well in your future pursuits.
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