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.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

TSG Summer School with Kay Greenlees

I also attended the TSG Summer School this year, returning after a few years.


The rather splendid venue was Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham, Lincs. Very imposing on our arrival and even more impressive at nightime, all lit up.




The Overall theme this year was 'Beyond the Line - Seeing and Stitching'
And Kay's working theme was 'Seeing Through Stitch'


We were asked to bring a small collection of natural objects to work from either 
shells/coral/barnacles or seeds/pods/cones, mine are pictured above.

The first evening was spent with loosening up drawing exersizes, working big and with the 
wrong, in my case, left hand. making interesting marks from our chosen objects.
 
                             

                                    We then went on to some relaxing stitching, working with our 'favourite' stitch and trying to                  exagerate  it's qualities - open/closed, stretched, thick/thin, big/small, high/low.
                                                      
The following day we made large drawings from the marks on our subject matter
 

We then went on to make similar marks on the long rolls of emulsion painted fabric that  Kay had prepared for us

We continued to stitch on the fabric using the stitches we had familiarised ourselves with earlier. Both the marks and the stitches are an expressive interpretation of the source material.







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