But where can I buy all the pretty???

Visit Vagabond Romantics shop now to browse and buy altered art, wearable collage, and lovingly curated craft materials unearthed from the farthest reaches of granny's attic.

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Celebrating 100 Years of the Women's Institute

The Women's Institute was initially formed to "revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War". Since then, it has grown to become the largest women's voluntary organisation in the UK, with about 212,000 members. Its modern remit is to provide educational opportunities, a chance to socialise, and a political voice to women in communities that can often be isolated. I joined my local chapter last year to help me meet some locals, and I love being part of a large group of women who are campaigning to shape the future of our country and communities.

2015 marks the centenary of the WI, and tonight we're celebrating with a night of "Puddings, Poetry and Prose". I'll be wearing this "Chatelaine" necklace, which I created with centuries of resourceful domestic goddesses in mind. I love the way crafting links me to countless female forebears who created beautiful work, not for recognition, but simply to make the world around them a nicer place to be.

Chatelaine necklace- available to buy in any colourway here

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