East Anglian Stitch Textiles (E.A.S.T) was formed in 1995 in response to a demand for a self-supporting framework for textile artists in East Anglia, UK.
The membership of this group commenced with ten artists and now has fifteen.
Since it's inception E.A.S.T has had a close relationship with Braintree District Museum where it meets monthly and held the first E.A.S.T exhibition in 1997.The group continues to be mentored by Anthea Godfrey, Artistic Director of the Embroiderer's Guild.
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Friday, 14 October 2016
I chose this event because both Alfred Hitchcock and Cornelia Parker had used Edward Hopper's House by the Railroad as the inspiration for their work, Hitchcock, for the house in the film Psycho, and Parker for The Roof Garden Commission, on show this Autumn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
Ormiston pointed out how Hopper's work portrays the loneliness of city living. In many of his paintings, a figure (often using his wife as a model, an accomplished artist in her own right) is placed to one side of the canvas, gazing out of a window or door, suggesting all sorts of questions for the viewer's mind, while in others, the scene simply depicts sunlight casting shadows on an empty room. Hopper, who was fascinated by light, eschewed the artistic trends of the day and "ploughed his own furrow" until his death.
Several facts drew Hopper to my attention. He was born the same year as Virginia Woolf, I had seen Cornelia Parker talking about her installation and my drawing teacher is always emphasising the importance of showing how the light falls on any subject I am trying (not very successfully) to recreate on paper.
Monday, 3 October 2016
Much of the needlework on display was on linen or silk cloth lined with linen. The silk was imported from China or Italy along with threads which had been especially dyed. Copes, chasubles or orphreys were stitched with scenes from the life of Christ, interspersed with flora and fauna, for use in ecclesiastical ceremonies.
Over half the exhibits in the exhibition are from the V&A collection whilst the remainder have been borrowed from various establishments across Europe and North America. Some of the items are for secular use - for example, the surcoat worn by Edward, the Black Prince, along with his shield, two seal bags, a pair of Episcopal shoes from the tomb of Archbishop Herbert Walter (1170-1200) in Westminster Abbey, and horse coverings. You can also see a large wooden chest which was used to store copes.
One of the most fascinating exhibits was a piece which showed both sides of the work. This had been executed on velvet so it was easy to see the relief. Also, a couple of copes still had seed pearls as part of the decoration, intact.
The images below show a detail from the Jesse Cope, 1310-25, from the V&A collection and a musical angel on horseback from the Steeple Aston Cope,1330-40, loaned by the church wardens at Steeple Aston in Oxfordshire.
I urge you all to go along and be stunned (and humbled) by textiles which are over seven hundred years old. I had a lovely day.
Saturday, 10 September 2016
EAST is 21 years old this month and we had a small tea party to celebrate. Members were joined by friends, Braintree Museum and Warner Textile Archive staff. Some past EAST members were also able to join us.
As with all great celebrations we had a celebratory cake, our one kindly made by Anthea. We had live music too supplied by Larry Berkovitz.
Thanks to everyone who made the afternoon a success.
More photos to follow.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Monday, 1 August 2016
|A 3d piece by Lorna|
|Work by Melinda|
|Another 3D piece this time Anthea's|
|Libby, Anthea and Lorna and above some of Libby's work.|
|Tricia and felicity hard at work and to the right a piece if Felicity's work.|
We all had a great time and maybe some of the work will feature in future exhibitions. Also our thanks must go to the Zinc Arts Centre in Chipping Ongar (Essex) for the use of their excellent facilities andfriendly staff.