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.
Friday, 10 February 2017
A recent visit to the NCCD at Sleaford with Lorna where we met up with Mary Sleigh to see two exhibitions, the first of some wonderful weavings. Sadly no photography was allowed so no pictures here to show you. The second exhibition - 'Soft Engineering: Textiles Taking Shape' showed some wonderful skill and artistry, Alison Ellen's creative knitting, Ann Richard's wonderful woven Jewellery, although maybe better described as body sculpture. Ann uses a variety of mediums in her pieces metal, silk,linen and polyester to name but a few. She uses the different way each material reacts to wet finishing to create the twisted, pleated finish. Deidre Woods weavings, using a narrow loom to weave braid-like pieces which she then combines with folding to make complex forms.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Sunday, 29 January 2017
Friday, 20 January 2017
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
The skill on which I have tried to focus, is to look at how the light falls on the object. It seems fairly obvious really but I haven't always found it easy to void areas and then work around them. When I first began the City and Guilds course (quite a while ago) we did lots of mark making exercises using different media and I found it a lot easier when the marks didn't have to resemble anything. Now I am expected to recreate nature's bounty in two dimensions.
As you can see from the pictures below, a rose and a shoe made it to the sketchbook as did a hollyhock and a dried poppy seed head.
This close-up of an acorn has yet to find a home.
Saturday, 3 December 2016
The Guild exhibited in the King's Suite, a gallery which was opened at the show for the first time and turned out to be a large, wonderful space. Anyone visiting the Learning Curve had to pass by, and there was a lot to see: the Graduate Showcase, the Capability Brown project, items from the Collection, small pieces from old textiles and books and magazines to buy. There was also the opportunity to join the Guild and several members of the public did so.
I spent most of the time encouraging the passers by to add to the longest embroidery which stands at six hundred and five metres in length and was begun in 2003. Needless-to-say only about eight metres was on show at any one time but people were able to find plenty of space to add their stitches. One fourteen year old girl reckoned she had never sewn before but she produced an immaculate line of straight stitching roughly twenty centimetres long which she wove through. I managed to persuade a couple of husbands to add some stitches and the boyfriend of a stitch enthusiast added some marks in recognition of an earlier weekend with his girlfriend at a motor show.
I know that many of the EASTies are members of the Embroiderers' Guild attending different branches in the Eastern Region, and like me, I'm sure, would have been impressed by the display presented, due in no small way to the hard work and commitment of Anthea Godfrey, the Artistic Director of the Guild and, of course, our mentor. However, she wasn't alone. Pat Tempest, Annette Collinge, Alex Messenger, Amanda Smith and Liz Smith from the Guild also gave their time and enthusiasm to make it a very successful weekend.
I had a brilliant time and I have posted three images - one of the White Walker who spent the weekend in Hall C and I helped to dismantle, and two from the Capability Brown Project - a detail from work by Sian Martin and Diana Springall.
Sunday, 20 November 2016
There were eight tables in the Learning for Life room at the Museum of which we were one. Several sold food and the remainder were displaying crafts. One interesting stall was run by two newly qualified graduates who had set up a company called Boxford Candles and made scented candles in tins and chinaware which they had bought at auction. Carol and I smelt their wares and Carol spent some money.
Unfortunately for us all, the weather was extremely cold and the town fairly quiet. Towards the late afternoon the Museum filled up a little with young families because there was a children's workshop and a face painting event. However, the clientele were not really interested in our beautiful, handmade decorations and present ideas.
We did sell a few items but only to ourselves, so we packed, up early and got home before it was too dark.
Every cloud has a silver lining.