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This blog has been set up for members of EAST to post information about what is happening in the group and in their work.

From nature to art

miscellaneousPosted by Melinda Fri, June 10, 2016 10:14:43

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, 2016

I promised my mum I would take her to see this exhibition held in Tel Aviv, so we made the trip this week. I had been before and it is always stunning but what I did not remember was that this event comes from, and is sponsored by, the National History Museum, London.

The mission of the National History Museum is to "change and challenge the way people think about the natural worlds, it's past, present and future, by exploring themes such as evolution, biodiversity and sustainability."

Proceeds from the exhibition supports the work of the 300 research scientists and the care of the Museum's collection of 80 million specimens based in London.

So how amazing is that?

The exhibition was pure beauty and inspirational. there were 100 photographs selected from 42,445 entries from all over the world. That must have been some selection panel! Images captured "every corner of the natural world - from the skies to the depths of the ocean, pole to pole, into the deepest forest and up to the highest mountain." Places we can only dream or imagine ever seeing. I have included a few of my favourites - the ones that grabbed my focus on textures or colour.

At the exhibition I was once again reminded that there can be inspiration from anywhere and anything. Ella and my little six month old grandson came along too - his name Alon (oak tree in Hebrew) means he must have an affinity to nature. I just hope that we are preserving the natural world with all its beauty and diversity for him and others to appreciate.

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Print Workshop

miscellaneousPosted by June Sun, May 22, 2016 23:40:18
At the recent Warner Textile Archive Textile Fair members of E.A.S.T ran a print workshop. The workshop was very successful, at one point people were queuing to take part. Participants made their own print blocks and printed onto the supplied fabric, one lady was so pleased with her printing she went home and made a lavender bag and cards.

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Holiday in Portugal

miscellaneousPosted by Anne Wed, May 11, 2016 18:22:01

In April I was fortunate to have had a touring holiday in Portugal. Arraiolas one of the small towns near Lisbon was particularly interesting. It is famous for its rug production which dates back to the seventeenth century or even earlier.

What fascinated me was that these large rugs were, and still are produced by hand. They use naturally dyed wool and hand stitch onto canvas creating wonderful patterns.

I visited a museum where they have on display a wonderful array of large rugs. In one of the rooms a woman was busy making a small rug. I was amazed to see that she used an embroidery stitch with a needle to create the intricate patterns. After watching her carefully I discovered she was using a long arm cross stitch. I took a close up photo and hope you can see the stitches.

It is incredible that these large rugs, more like carpets, are made in this way. The method is so labour intensive but the final result is fantastic.

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miscellaneousPosted by Felicity Mon, May 09, 2016 17:49:51

Inspiration, how do you get it? Words flood into my mind… nature around me, exhibitions of other artists, pictures in magazines, photographs, personal experiences, feelings, materials collected, found objects, workshops, and experimentation. I could go on…ideas accumulate, swirling, intertwining, knitting together to be used one day, or not… I often have the problem of having too many ideas and then deciding which direction to take.

However, something that I came across recently that I was told about by someone at University College Suffolk called ‘Pop My Mind’ caught my interest …

On their website this is how they describe the idea…

Get Inspired

Explore Pop My Mind for creative content and seeded themes to spark your next artistic idea.

Get Creative

Create and upload images, video, audio or text in response to content that you find interesting.

Get Popped

Your creativity earns a POP each time it inspires the creation of a new piece of content.

Watch your creativity trigger dynamic new content throughout the community.

I thought it an original idea and decided I’d give it a try. Responding to a painting called ‘Wave’ by Sarah Tappenden I used fabric with some applique, beading, couching and hand stitching to make my textile piece.

‘Wave’ by Sarah Tappenden inspired by the emotion joy.

And my response…


Take a look and see if you are inspired to respond. http://www.popmymind.com/howdoesitwork

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Chelmsford - 30 years of stitching

miscellaneousPosted by Janette Fri, April 29, 2016 14:01:58
Most E.A.S.T members are also members of the Embroiderer's Guild, and several are regular attenders at the Chelmsford branch. Chelmsford is celebrating 30 years this May with an exhibition in the local library. The exhibition is free.

Visit to see how diverse an art embroidery can be.

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Suffolk Art Teachers Latest Exhibition

miscellaneousPosted by Felicity Wed, April 06, 2016 08:34:25
Some pieces of my work can be seen alongside other artists.

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Delia's Memorial Exhibition

miscellaneousPosted by Janette Tue, April 05, 2016 16:24:35
EAST were very pleased when they heard that Havering Arts Council were to use an image of work by Delia Pusey, for the cover of their Arts Festival leaflet for 2016. Delia's retrospective exhibition which is on from 5 to 9 April 2016 (10am to 4.30pm) at The Old Chapel, St Mary's Lane Upminster, RM14 2QR, will include finished pieces of her textile work as well as her beautiful workbooks and sketchbooks.

Not only a lovely lady, sadly missed by EAST, but a very talented artist. An exhibition not to be missed.

For information on the rest of Havering Arts Festival visit www.havering.gov.uk/arts as it continues until the autumn with other art exhibitions, events, talks, concerts and theatre performances. Havering Arts Festival can also be followed on Facebook (Facebook/haveringartscouncil), on Twitter (@haveringarts) and Instagram.

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Restorative Stitching

miscellaneousPosted by Margaret Tue, March 08, 2016 11:14:23
Every Wednesday morning I help with the restoration of altar frontals. Many of them are Victorian or even earlier. They are all from local villages around Caxton in Cambridgeshire except for one, the festival frontal from Ely Cathedral.

This required renewing 5,000 miniature pearls which we had specially dyed a smokey grey. The other frontals usually the silk has rotted on the background so we cut the embroidery off. The old background fabric is then sent to Vanners silk mill in Sudbury where it is scanned by computer and the colour and pattern are then reproduced exactly. We re-apply the embroidery with invisible thread and repair any goldwork as necessary.

This is done at the home of Isobel Latimore who is a member of the Worshipful Company of Broderers. Sometimes the work is tedious but as a contemporary embroiderer it keeps my skills up in traditional embroidery. There are six of us and the banter, gossip and laughter are a real tonic.

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