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.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Dirty Little Secrets of My Tool Box - by Tricia North

I’m currently on an alternative education MA course called TOMA in Southend, I enrolled on the course to push myself and engage my brain cells a little and its done that.  We each have the opportunity to invite an artist to come and give us a lecture and so far we have had some stonkers, Bruce Mclean, Richard Wentworth and Griselda Pollock - by now my brain is engaged and slightly aching.  I invited Hannah Leighton Boyce and she talked about her project Instruments of Industry  https://www.a-n.co.uk/reviews/instruments-of-industry-interview-with-hannah-leighton-boyce
This piece involves the artist exploring tools and finding their resting pitch and making a music score from the results.  Being very process driven, the discussion around tools really got that brain thinking again and I started looking at what is really going on with my tools when I’m not there.  I used my kids digital microscope to start examining them and uncovered a secret world of colour and texture I never knew about.
The working surfaces were pitted and scored which, combined with the texture of the surface, created a scarred landscape worthy of Star Trek and contained spills, drips and oversprays of colour that reflects my clumsiness but created jewels and highlights that any happy accident would be extremely proud.
Hannah Leighton Boyce  - Tools of Industry


My scissors

My hammer

My metal ruler

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