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.
Thursday, 28 December 2017
Friday, 8 December 2017
So after 6 months I have finally finished two pieces of work block printed with natural pigments and then stitched in places... I wanted to suggest a gradual disintegrating of these ancient patterns. The top piece is almost twice the size of the second.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
In addition, on the opening day (6.12.17) there will be a lecture by Dr Roger Rolls on the history of the Bath Mineral Hospital during the war. The exhibition continues until 6 January 2018.
For more information visit the Bath Hospital Museum website. Please note that the museum, which is run entirely by volunteers is open Mondays to Wednesdays (2pm to 4pm) and Fridays (10am to 12 noon).
More information about Lady Smith-Dorrien's Hospital Bag Fund can be found by following the link from my page - HERE.
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Friday, 20 October 2017
I think this must be the slowest form of dyeing as it is done cold. I started with weld which wasn't very successful, but red cabbage has been very exciting.
I chopped up a quarter of a red cabbage very small and put it in a clean plastic milk bottle with the lid on. I shook it 3 times a day and let out the gasses, it was kept in the dark and after 4 days this was the result.
Now I have started 2 more one with buckthorn bark, I have kept the PH high by adding slaked lime, this took much longer about 3 weeks but I am pleased with the red colour.
Monday, 18 September 2017
Monday, 11 September 2017
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Monday, 21 August 2017
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
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.|
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.|