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.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Braintree Christmas Fair

Yesterday Carol, Libby and I ran a stall on behalf of EAST at the Braintree Museum's Christmas Fair.  The event was run to coincide with turning on the Christmas lights in the town but that wasn't going to happen until it became dark.  In the meantime there was a choir, two groups of Morris dancers, one male, one female, and some stalls in the centre of town.

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.


Wednesday, 9 November 2016






Wet / Fired - The Eighth Biennale of Israeli Ceramics 

Last week I was able to attend this amazing exhibition. I could not believe that two years had passed since the last one. Yet again this collection of  artists provided a show that exemplified the wide range of ceramic art today. From huge crates and structures to tiny porcelain forms, the work was exciting and inspiring. It seems that the variations in this field are as vast as those within the area of our textile art.

What was noticeable this year was the inclusion of many video installation art pieces. One image showed a woman lying on her back having liquid clay poured into her mouth. Weird and mesmerizing!  The recordings all had a ceramic theme and added an interesting dimension to the show. I wonder if this might also become a feature of textile exhibitions of the future? 

I have included just a few of the images that caught my eye. 
For further inspiration take a look at the museum website, www.eretzmuseum.org.il

Melinda