Between the Lines

Between the Lines

About the "Between the Lines" blog

Our latest exhibition "Between the Lines" reflects our response to the commemoration of the 1914-18 conflict.

This blog will focus on stories behind the work by the E.A.S.T artists as well as looking at other artistic and cultural commemorations around the UK that relate to WWI.


Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Sun, March 01, 2015 17:11:48
Many visitors to the BETWEEN THE LINES exhibition at Braintree Museum have commented on how much they have enjoyed looking at the workbooks.

We know ourselves how useful, and enjoyable it is to see how artists developed their ideas. Here are a few snippets of some of the pages on display, with pages by Ellen Devall (top left), Tricia (top right), Liz (bottom left) and June (bottom right).

The exhibition continues until Saturday, 14th March 2015 - the exhibition will be taken down at 2pm on that day so don't leave your visit until the last minute.

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Exhibition open at Braintree

Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Sat, January 10, 2015 19:04:55
As part of the Between the Lines exhibition, now open at Braintree District Museum, Braintree in Essex, we have a little bit of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Blood.

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Dazzle Ship in London

Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Thu, January 01, 2015 21:16:24
As part of the WW1 commemoration, two ships have been painted as "Dazzle Ships" - a way of camouflaging the boats so they were difficult to attack by submarines. One of the ships is in London - HMS President along the Embankment. Just before New Year, I managed to catch a glimpse, albeit it rather late for photographing. The second ship is in Liverpool (which I am unlikely to get to). I am not sure how much longer they will be painted like this - the website information just says until 2015.

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A very famous bear

MiscellaneousPosted by Janette Sat, December 13, 2014 10:17:31

Paddington is everywhere at present, including this chap outside the National Gallery and part of a Paddington Trail of bears around London. Although this bear has a link to WWII, it is another famous bear this post is actually about, who does have a connection with WW1.

That other bear is Winnie the Pooh, whose story I learnt of recently. It started with a real bear cub, purchased by Canadian Soldier (Lt Harry Colebourn) when his unit were travelling to Europe during WW1. The cub became the brigade mascot but when they were posted to France he was left at London Zoo. Here he became the star attraction for one particular boy, who also named his own teddy bear Winnie. This boy was the son of author AA Milne, and his name was Christopher Robin. Winnie (the real bear) lived at the zoo until 1934.

The story of Winnie and his friends were not published until the 1920s but toy bears were popular as mascots (good luck charms or just a reminder of home) during WW1 and one of the reason why I added my own bear to my work for "Between the Lines". He too has his own story - he was actually started many years ago when a friend at work whose hobby was making teddy bears encouraged me to make a couple of bears. Sadly she died and the bear never got finished until this year - so he too holds a mixture of happy and sad memories.

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Between the Lines at Harrogate

MiscellaneousPosted by Janette Thu, November 20, 2014 09:24:59
Our WW1 themed exhibition, "Between the Lines" opens again today at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Pictures to follow on our main EAST blog page.

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An unusual way to commemorate

MiscellaneousPosted by Janette Mon, November 03, 2014 20:17:05

There are many ways to commemorate the WW1 anniversary but I was surprised to find that when I went to a local cider and beer festival that by purchasing a drink I could support a local WW1 themed charity - Stow Maries Aerodrome, which is very near to my home town is the most complete WW1 aerodrome in the country. It means that we often get unusual aircraft flying overhead.

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In Flanders Fields (and Towns)

MiscellaneousPosted by Janette Thu, October 30, 2014 16:50:46
On a recent trip to Belgium, I could not help but spot some of the WW1 commemorative plaques and tributes in Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent.

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King's Cross tribute

Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Mon, October 13, 2014 13:37:15
Going home, after a successful exhibition at Alexandra Palace, my sister and I spotted this giant poppy at King's Cross Station. Just a simple image that tells a big story.

(Apologies for the quality of the image - it was late in the evening after a long day.)

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