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The EAST blog

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

A visit to Pinner

EAST on tourPosted by Janette Fri, July 06, 2012 08:53:22
Tonight members of EAST (Melinda, Susan and Janette) will be visiting the Harrow and District branch of the Embroiderer's Guild to talk about their EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive.

For information on the branch visit - http://harrowembroiderers.co.uk/

Visitors are welcome to attend.

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EAST in Sevenoaks

EAST on tourPosted by Janette Sat, March 31, 2012 19:28:30

Today four members of EAST (June, Libby, Janette and Diana) visited the Sevenoaks branch of the Embroiderer's Guild to tell them about our project EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive. It was the first time we had taken the talk on tour and we had plenty of positive comments. Lots of questions afterwards and a warm welcome - thank you Sevenoaks.

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Visit to Sevenoaks

EAST on tourPosted by Janette Mon, March 26, 2012 15:52:44
This coming Saturday, four members of EAST will be visiting the Sevenoaks branch of the Embroiderer's Guild with our talk - EAST at the Warner Textile Archive.

For more information on this branch and its activities - http://branches.embroiderersguild.com/branches/sevenoaks/page3/

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First Stop Suffolk

EAST on tourPosted by Susan Mon, January 23, 2012 19:56:41

I wonder how many other embroiderers have experienced the feeling I did on Saturday when I looked at my exhibit for the EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive and wondered: “How did I make this?”

I know that Carol experienced something similar at Braintree Museum a week ago when Robert asked her what her Warner sketch book looked like. (It was temporarily mislaid.)

We move on with our work so quickly that it was good to have an afternoon where we could re-visit our exhibits and, with the help of those sketchbooks, show the way in which we were inspired by textiles at the Warner Archive into making new pieces, by presenting them to members of the Suffolk East branch of the Guild .

Their January meeting took the form of a social event called “Sketch to Stitch” and had some printing and design activities to try as well as an opportunity for members to purchase new sketchbooks in which to place some of these trials.

Delia, Liz, Carol and I borrowed our exhibits from “East @ Warner Textile Archive” to talk about informally, as well as Melinda’s weaving, Di’s panel, Libby’s little books and Janette’s interpretation of a very fragile eighteenth century fabric, which meant we were able to release the two blue birds (“June and Terry”) for a breath of fresh Suffolk air. (Check out the Gallery to view the exhibition.)

It was good to meet some of the members again who had visited the “Talking Textiles” exhibition at Snape Maltings in July last year, in such a relaxed atmosphere and the afternoon went very quickly.

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Sketchbooks in Suffolk

EAST on tourPosted by Janette Thu, January 19, 2012 16:45:28

EAST is going on tour - and our first stop is to the Suffolk East branch of the Embroiderer's Guild this Saturday.

Suffolk East are holding a New Year Social entitled "Sketch to Stitch" and EAST have been invited to bring along some of their sketchbooks. It is an informal day and guild members will be able to see some of the group's sketchbooks and find out how they help in their work.

For information on the Suffolk East branch visit, who to contact about joining and their 2012 programme visit - http://branches.embroiderersguild.com/branchdetails.php?id=SUFF10

For information about any other branch of the Embroiderer's Guild (which covers all parts of the United Kingdom) visit - http://www.embroiderersguild.com/. This website also gives information on Stitch and Embroidery, magazines created in conjunction with the guild.

On the subject of sketchbooks I should also mention two very different exhibitions in London at the moment. Leonardo da Vinci; Painter at the Court of Milan at the National Gallery and an exhibition by Quentin Blake at the Foundling Museum. Sadly advance tickets for Leonardo are sold out (apparently you can get tickets on the day if you are there early enough), but when I visited this week what I enjoyed the most were the sketches placed near some of his finished pieces, which showed how Leonardo looked carefully at every detail - facial expressions, body movements, drapery, before even starting a major piece of work. Sadly it seems he sometimes enjoyed the exploration of themes and working out new ways of working more than he liked finishing his work. Never be ashamed of unfinished pieces - Leonardo had plenty. One of his own personal notebooks is on display in the second half of the exhibition.

Quentin Blake's exhibition has only just started (www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk) and is one I have yet to visit. His sketches display a comical view on some serious issues, such as old age, eating disorders, children in hospital (an alien environment) plus some relating to maternal matters. Better known for his illustrations of the Roald Dahl books and my favourite Arabel's Raven (by Joan Aiken), this exhibition consists of work commissioned by four hospitals or medical centres. Sketching of a very different type.

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