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 current exhibition MAKING A POINT! is now open at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester until 15 June 2013. It will then be moving to Suffolk - between 27 June to 3 July 2013 at the Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
EAST are delighted to be part of the Stroud International Textiles 2013 spring Select programme that opens on 27 April–26 May. For more information got to - www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk
EAST has also recently held two workshops at the Foundling Museum, London, in connection with their current exhibition, Fate, Hope and Charity, which has been partly researched by one of our EAST members. The workshops have been designed to give visitors (families and adults) a chance to create their own tokens and be part of a collaborative project that will go into the museum archive.
(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.
For more information on the Foundling Museum and the Fate, Hope and Charity exhibition visit -
Our new new exhibition page gives more information about Making a Point! and will be updated once the exhibition starts at Braintree.
For MAKING A POINT! we have a printed catalogue as well as a CD (with even more images of work) available for sale at all venues when the exhibition is running.
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. We are now fully booked for 2012 but if you are interested in booking the group for 2013 or beyond 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 exhibition TALKING TEXTILES or 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's has recently been assisting in the research to the Foundling Museum's current exhibition Fate, Hope and Charity, which runs until 19 May 2013.
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. If you missed the exhibition 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: