Members’ meeting March 2020

Victoria, owner of Twisted Fern Designs presented her work and how it is evolving on Monday evening at our monthly members’ meeting.

Victoria started Twisted Fern Designs in 2017 having acquired a crochet addiction the year before. In 2018 she became a member of Sidney Lapidary Club, and quickly fell in love with Metal Smithing and learned to incorporate BC stones. While Silver Lace is the main focus of her creations, she still enjoys creating stone set pieces, using local island beach finds and her favourite handpicked UK stone, Lewisian Gneiss.

Twisted Fern’s Silver Lace Jewelry and Sculpture marries 19th century lacework traditions with the geometrical complexity of the natural world. Crocheted Silver is strong, yet light, and allows great scope for creativity and a wide range of design.

Each piece is hand-crafted from 100% reclaimed Silver, using antique hand tools; a modern and sustainable imagining of a heritage craft. You can check out Victoria’s website at:

Also at the meeting, Bill Needoba had a show table of fossils he collected during Summer Camp 2019 at Galloway (E Kootenays) in BC.

Annual General Meeting 2020

In the January member’s meeting we elect and appoint our board members for the year. This year the following have committed their time, energy and expertise to keeping our club running.

Note: The Island Zone reps do not change in January, but in March.

In other news, the meeting was well attended and lively with wide-ranging discussions of club business.

Elected Positions
Doug McLeodPresident 
Doug McLeod
Allana ShillitoPast President 
Allana Shillito
David JacksonTreasurer
David Jackson
Mel FentonVice President
Mel Johnson
Becci SimmonsMembership 
Becci Simmons
Sarah HamiltonSecretary
Sarah Hamilton
John AndersonMember at Large
John Anderson
Rae DeFraneMember at Large
Rae DeFrane
Brian MacmillanMember at Large
Brian McMillan
Debbie FrankMember at Large
Debbie Frank
Appointed Positions
Gary BrookLaphound News Editor 
Gary Brooke

Kathryn HawkinsLibrarian
Kathryn Hawkins
Sean MaierField Trips
Sean Maier
Position VacantProgram Coordinator
Arlene Modderman
Karol JorgensenProgram Coordinator
Karol Jorgensen
Allana ShillitoShow Chairman 
Allana Shillito
Susannah AndersonSocial Committee
Susannah Anderson
Barb McKenzieSocial Committee
Barb McKenzie
Doug McLeodWorkshop 
Doug McLeod
Brian MacmillanWorkshop
Brian McMillan
David JacksonSenior Island Zone Representative 
David Jackson
Doug McLeodJunior Island Zone Representative
Doug McLeod
Sarah Hamiltonintermediate Island Zone Representative
Sarah Hamilton
Becci SimmonsWebmaster
Becci Simmons

Wire wrapping workshop

The first evening of Gemboree 2019 had an open-air wire wrapping workshop in the big central canopy. It was a blast. Over half the gemboree attendees particpated and the rest formed a relaxed cheering team. The workshop was led by Suzanne Rivard, whose work can be seen at Suzanne was patient and encouraging with a slightly rowdy crowd whose abilities ranged from beginner to been-doing-this-for-ages. The results were beautiful and each one worth wearing. Some of us continued redesigning our pieces for the rest of the weekend.

To download full resolution photos click Wire Wrapping Workshop .

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