About E.A.S.T

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.

Monday, 1 August 2016

East weekend workshop

Returned last evening from an exhilarating if tiring Group weekend workshop with wonderful Diane Bates. Almost all of us were there including our mentor Anthea Godfrey, just Ellen and Janette missing the fun, although Janette managed a visit yesterday afternoon.

Anthea and Susan during the Saturday evening discussion.
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.








 


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Security


When storing work for other members of the EAST group it is important to have good security - a guard dog is a good method, or as here a guard cat!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The end of the journey ....


Between the Lines has now made its way home courtesy of our "man with a van", David of D-2-D Courier Service who brought everything back from Landmark Arts Centre to Braintree Museum efficiently and safely.  All the time we were kept up to date with when things were picked up and delivered so we would thoroughly recommend this service.

Thanks also to the lovely, efficient staff at Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington - what a pleasure to work with and a beautiful space to hang our work.

Now E.A.S.T are busy working towards our next exhibition Following a Thread which opens at Braintree Museum, Braintree, Essex, UK on 22 April 2017.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Last chance to see

Don't miss your chance to see Between the Lines at Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, TW11 - it finishes this weekend (Sunday 10th July 2016).






Monday, 27 June 2016

Ready, Steady, Stitch


E.A.S.T members - Felicity, Janette, June, Lorna, Melinda, Susan and Tricia held three workshops at Landmark Arts Centre alongside the Between the Lines exhibition on Sunday.


Many of our visitors chose to take their identity tags home, but we were pleased that others were very happy to share a selection for the gallery's installation.


Some of our visitors started on the printing table before adding stitch or paper to their completed tag, and it was particularly nice to see visitors from the very young to adults joining in - several staying more than an hour enjoying a moment of creativity.




Thanks must go not only to the E.A.S.T members that made the journey across to Teddington, the E.A.S.T members who collected together ideas and materials to prepare for the day, the staff at Landmark, but also to the visitors who participated.




Thursday, 23 June 2016

Identity tags at Landmark


When Janette, Carol and I went to the Landmark Arts Centre on Tuesday to give a talk about the research behind “Between the Lines”, I was able to take some more pictures of the exhibition.

Lesley and her right hand man, Tim, had wrapped “barbed wire” around the pillars and hung from it the identity tags  the EASTies had made as examples for the workshop “Ready, Steady, Stitch” which will be happening at the Arts Centre on Sunday as part of the Teddington Fair. 

So if any of the images  below spark your creativity, come along and have a go. Melinda, Janette, June, Lorna, Tricia, Felicity and I will be there, so it will also be a good time to quiz us about our exhibits as well as adding your own take on identity to the new installation.



Wednesday, 22 June 2016

From the Earth an Exhibition to celebrate Ethical Textiles

Caroline Bell and I are very pleased with how the exhibition, From the Earth at Mardleybury Gallery [Datchworth SG3 6SG] has been going. The Exhibition is on for a few more days..   it closes at 4 on Saturday. The Gallery has been a very good setting for the Exhibition.
We have three guest artists, above is the work of Fabienne Dorsman Rey, who also led one of our workshops at Art Van Go. We also have work by the India Flint who I feel is the initiator of  the current re surge of interest in natural dyeing and eco leaf printing, as well as Alice Fox's great work.
  
It has been great to be able to include work by some experienced UK artists above is Reef Marks by Shelley Rhodes.
There is also work by local artists and artists who are just setting out, this wonderful piece is by Rebecca Robins.
It was good to have Margaret Talbot's Petrified Trees, East textiles were well represented.
Jenny Dean author of many books and very experienced natural dyer gave us a very encouraging introduction at the Private View last Friday.