East Anglian Stitch Textiles (EAST) was formed in 1995 in response to a demand for a self-supporting framework for local artists in the southern half of East Anglia, UK.
The members come from a range of backgrounds, but all have in common the commitment to the continued development of textile work, its recognition and its full participation in the established art scene.
Our new exhibition BETWEEN THE LINES is due to be launched at the London Knitting and Stitching Show (Alexandra Palace) next year on the 9 to 12 October 2014, before moving to the Harrogate show on 20 to 23 November 2014.
(Above) Some of the tokens created at the EAST workshop at the Foundling Museum, London in March 2013 - see our blog and Facebook page for more images. A similar book was created to celebrate Braintree District Museum's twentieth birthday in their current building in October 2013.
On Saturday 26th October 2013 EAST helped Braintree District Museum celebrate twenty years in its current location by running an open workshop. Celebrating the idea of connections and friendship, visitors were asked to make friendship tokens with a portion of their chosen item (or even one of a pair), being left behind in a specially created book This has now been presented to the museum to become part of the Museum's archive and will be on display there shortly.
Our new exhibition page currently gives information about our most recent exhibition, Making a Point! but will be updated shortly with information on our new exhibition BETWEEN THE LINES.
Links with Braintree Museum and Warner Textile Archive:
EAST @ THE WARNER TEXTILE ARCHIVE is now available as a touring exhibition through the Warner Textile Archive. Hire of the exhibition is free, but subject to an administration fee (full conditions on application). For more details go to our WARNER PROJECT page or contact the Warner Textile Archive on 01376 557803 or email email@example.com.
Talks and workshops
EAST are now also able to offer a range of talks and workshops about the EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive project, either as a whole and how it came about, or a more item/subject specific talk on selected pieces that you may wish to select. If you are interested in booking the group contact the EAST talks secretary for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as the group talks, many of the individuals of the group run workshops or are available to talk about their work - if you are interested contact the group secretary at email@example.com and she can pass your enquiry on to the relevant individual.
Other spin offs
Several members of EAST have now dipped into the world of publishing - our new PUBLICATIONS page gives information on books written or edited by EAST members and how to obtain copies.
Archive and artist information
If you missed our previous exhibitions MAKING A POINT! or TALKING TEXTILES, or if you just wanted to be reminded of the pieces of work you saw visit our Gallery page - here you can also find images of previous exhibitions - EAST 13 and EAST @ the Warner Textile Archive.
For information on individual artists visit our artists page then click on an artist's name or image for more information on that individual. Alternatively click on the artist's name in the right hand column of this page to go straight to an artist page.
Above - members of EAST working hard at their February 2012 meeting.
EAST member, Janette Bright, was one of the researchers to the
London Foundling Museum's exhibition Fate, Hope and Charity.
Previously she assisted in the background research to the museum's Threads of Feeling exhibition in 2010/2011. This emotive exhibition showcased never before seen 18th century fabrics. It is currently showing at the Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg in the USA. If you missed the exhibition in London or want to see more go to www.threadsoffeeling.com or for more information of the Foundling Museum visit www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk
You can now find EAST on Facebook - "Like" the page to keep up to date with news.
People from all around the world are able to see what EAST are doing - click on the map below to see where our audience are from:
EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive - Exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, October 2009
Visit the gallery for pictures of our exhibitions - Talking Textiles, EAST 13 and EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive at The Knitting and Stitching Shows, London and Harrogate, or visit the exhibition archive for previous shows.
The individual style of each member is as distinctive as the varied themes, which range from ideas born out of foreign travel, local and historical research, or more personal reflections questioning identity and faith. Each member develops her own ideas through careful and considered design work coupled with expertise and skill.
Current members of the group are: