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, 7 November 2017

Another View posted by Lorna Rand

At the end of October I went to London to see the Prism exhibition ‘Another View’ this was first shown at the RSBA in Birmingham then in London at Hoxton Arches.

This was a very interesting exhibition as usual, many members of Prism took part exploring "different ways of looking, seeing and understanding; a chance to visualise the complexities and possibilities of people, places, events and the world we live in".  It was very interesting to see how members had interpreted their ideas from the title into textile.

I thought Jo Coombes' work was really outstanding exploring human motives, both for individuals and nation states when values diverge and beliefs become irreconcilable.  I was also drawn to Dee Thomas’s ‘Underfoot, showing the many small items on a beach which are trampled underfoot when out walking.  Paulene Cattle’s work which showed, in black and red felt pieces, her impression of an unused and dilapidated post box.  Dorothy Tucker’s mixed media landscapes showed a lovely mix of digital printing, paint and stitch while Jackie Langfeld’s decorated teaspoons were a delight.


Many pieces showed a wonderful interpretation of ideas, others were beautifully worked, so in all a great exhibition that was well worth the trek up to London.


Above image is of Jo Coombs' piece


Above image is of Dee Thomas' piece


Above image is of Paulene Cattle's pieces

Ten 2 One - 25 Nov 2017 to 3 Feb 2018


EASTie, Tricia North is part of this exhibition which will be on display at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS2 6EX from November this year until February next.  

TOMA stands for "The Other MA" and is an alternative education method at the level of a masters' degree.  It was devised by Emma Edmonson, working in partnership with Metal Art School at Southend on Sea.  Artists from a variety of disciplines will be displaying their work -a mixture of sculpture, ceramics, photography and paint; a result of their twelve months' of study.   It is sure to be an interesting and thought provoking exhibition.