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, 17 January 2017

Sketching

In order to improve my drawing skills I have been going to watercolour classes(!) and while everyone else has battled with colour I have focused on light and shade with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink.  Some of my efforts have reached my Following a Thread sketch book whilst others, although I have kept them, really should be binned.

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.




                             

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