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.