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. They first exhibited in 1997 at Braintree District Museum.
The membership of this group commenced with ten artists and now has fourteen.
The group is mentored by Anthea Godfrey, past Principal Lecturer at the London College of Fashion and Artistic Director of the Embroiderer's Guild.
We meet at least nine times a year when we discuss organisation of future exhibitions and other events, plus share information about exhibitions etc. We occasionally have visiting tutors and sometimes run workshops for the group from the membership. We also arrange group outings and try and keep up to date with what is going on in the textile world.
Our exhibitions have always started at Braintree Museum, where the group meets, and then move on to other venues around the country. We have been invited to exhibit at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in Alexandra Palace and Harrogate on several occasions. A new exhibition tour commences on a bi-annual basis.
What makes this group's work special is their success in combining a range of exciting techniques with thought provoking themes. As a result an EAST exhibition evokes powerful reactions from its audience.
Several members of the group are also available for workshops and talks - either on an individual or a group basis. See the Warner page for more information about our group talk.
January 2016 - members of E.A.S.T (although missing Carol) with Anthea Godfrey.
(Back row L-R: Susan, Janette, Julie, Felicity, Margaret, June)
(Middle Row L-R: Anne, Liz, Lorna, Libby, Jenny and Tricia)
(Front Row L-R: Melinda, Ellen and Anthea)
Who are E.A.S.T?
Can anyone join EAST?
EAST members were all experienced textile artists before they joined the group - some have qualifications in textile, embroidery, design or other creative studies but this is not essential. Any potential new members would be accepted on the quality of their current work and a selection process.
Our current membership is full but if you want further information about the group, or information on how to join our waiting list contact the EAST Secretary by email - firstname.lastname@example.org (putting the words "E.A.S.T membership enquiry" at the beginning of the subject line of your email), or by post (enclosing an SAE):
Enquiries to EAST Secretary:
84 East Bridge Road
South Woodham Ferrers