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.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

PROCESSIONS Banners in IPSWICH!

                       SPILL festival - finishes Sunday 4th November 





                              These are really worth seeing, inspiring designs and beautifully made!

PROCESSIONS was a mass participation artwork to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.
It was an open invitation to every woman and girl across the UK to get involved by being present on Sunday 10 June in one of the four UK capitals: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh or London; inspired by the great processions of the suffragettes and suffragists in the years leading up to 1918, who marched to demand the vote. 
In this special exhibition for SPILL, 100 banners created around the UK for PROCESSIONS will be shown as a trail at various locations across Ipswich.
Have a look at the link below and even if you can't get to see the exhibition there is a good video showing many of the amazing banners.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Eco Leaf Dyeing workshop with Jenny Leslie

What a lovely way to spend my Saturday this autumnal weekend, learning about dyeing using leaves.

This image is a detail from some silk velvet fabric that I used for one of the samples, showing some of the subtle colours that can be achieved, as well as more dramatic ones.

Jenny expertly guided us through some variations of this fascinating natural dyeing method, and we produced several samples with a range of effects.

I felt totally immersed (no pun intended) in this workshop, and spent much of Sunday thinking how I'll be using what I've just learned in my current project.  For the Power of Stitch, EAST's 2019 exhibition theme, I'm focusing on Caister, on the Norfolk coast, and I think I may have just found the perfect North Sea muddy blue, courtesy of Jenny and some purple carrots ... watch this space!

Kay Mullenger, October 2018

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Alice Fox

The ERTF conference last Saturday was right up my street. Alice Fox talked about her work. I really like the way she concentrates on her theme, often the coastline and really develops it, and of course her work is very environmentally friendly. I hope to use ideas from the talk and workshop in my future work for East.
  This is my work from the mini workshop, we were all given four pieces of paper and we stitched them together, it was surprising how many different small works we made.