This evening we attended the Shrewsbury Drapers Textile Design Competition held in the Drapers Chapel within St Marys Church. As evry year the designs have to have wool used within their creations, this years theme was “Celebration”. There were 33 student entries and 21 open entries.

The guest list included the Vice Lord Lieutenant Edmond Thewles and his wife, Chairman of Shropshire Council Cllr Malcolm Pate and Yours Truly and my wife Tricia the Mayoress. The Judges were chaired by Mr Howard Franklin. The Master of the Drapers Mr Nigel Hinton welcomed everyone and Textile Copmetition Chairman Mrs Julia Winter Chaired the evenings event.

The Vice Lord Lieutenant gave a short talk on the history of the Drapers and the competition, then I gave a short talk or comment on the wrok I had seen on show.

The standards were very high again this year and below is a pictorial of what we found and who we met.

Here we are being shown around the art on show and working out the various styles as the artists showed great imagination and put in a lot of work to produce a finished article of such high quality.

As you can see we are really enjoying our evening with the Drapers and all this art, it was fantastic.

I hope that the pictures show you just enough to make you want to nip into St Marys this week and take a look at the designs.

You just have to call in and see it as pictures are only 2D.

Here we are all waiting to find out who has won what and why.

Here I am standing next to Wendy Ridick along with three of her students who all won awards. Not a bad evening for teacher if you get three of your students winning awards.

The Shrewsbury Drapers Company was founded as a Guild by Royal Charter in 1462. Drapers are first mentioned in Shrewsbury on 1209, when they occur as individuals in the first Guild Merchant Rolls of the town. By the mid-sixteenth century the Drapers were of major economic importance and for the next 150 years dominated the political oligarchy which ruled the town.

I have cut and pasted the above from passages that can be found at the Shrewsbury Drapers web site.  Wool was what made Shrewsbury the town it has become today. The Drapers with this type of competition helps keep that history alive today.

Please click on the following link and take a look at what the Drapers are all about, their history and present day work. 


 Before you leave this site I wish to inform you that I have added some pictures of the Volunteers award presentation evening held yesterday 19th September, you may wish to scroll down and view them. Thank you  Tony



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