"Following a Thread" - watch this space for updates

Delia Pusey (EAST member 2005-2015)

For Between the Lines Delia's main source of inspiration was the needle skills of local women in France and Belgium, and the poinancy of the messages on the silk embroidered cards sent home from the Front. Sadly Delia died during 2015, but her work, with the kind permission of her family, will continue to travel with the exhibition.


"Delia's Gallery" is now available on our Gallery page. It is hoped that further images will be added in due course.


For information on Delia's work and inspiration visit her personal page.



Yvonne Pedretti (EAST member 1997-2010)

Yvonne lived most of her life in Southend on Sea, Essex and this was often reflected in her work. She trained initially in jewellery at Birmingham Art College and later in textiles at Goldsmiths College, England. She became a full time artist and teacher in 1995 when she was made redundant from a city job and took the opportunity to pursue a career change in her passion for textiles.

She exhibited widely in Britain and internationally through her membership of EAST, Textile Expressions and by invitation until her death in 2010.

Throughout her career Yvonne was fascinated by notions of transparency and translucency, and how materials, even those seemingly opaque, can be used to transmit and reflect light. Her wall and sculptural pieces are formed through machine stitch, knit, crochet and weave.

In 2008 Yvonne said "They are a response to my lifelong passion for the sea. These strands are used to symbolise the overwhelming and unfathomed nature of life and the environment."

In 2008 all the EAST artists were asked various questions for the EAST 13 CD that was produced for that exhibition. From this we learnt of her love of Essex or Suffolk marshes, India, the works of Jane Austen (Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice) and the Jean Nouvelle's Museum, L'Institute Arabes, in Paris; ("the transparency, reflections, glass to the point of disorientation"). We also learnt of her interest in Abraham Ben Yiju, a 10th century merchant/adventurer. Yvonne also had a great love of music and said her favourite pieces were Prokofiev's first and second violin concertos ("etheral, transparent sound") and Quartet for the End of Time by Messiaen; ("poignant, even heart rending when considering it's context".)








What is the inspiration of the EAST artists for their latest exhibition?

Our current exhibition Following a Thread opened at Braintree Museum, Braintree, Essex before moving to the Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk. It is hoped that there may be further exhibition venues next year. The group is also working on its next exhibition The Power of Stitch which it hopes will open in 2019. Click HERE for more information.

Melinda Berkovitz


In her new work, for Following a Thread, Melinda returns to explorations of family relationships and changes, as well as a continuing exploration of colour.


Felicity Borwick



Felicity is work for Following a Thread explores themes of how order, planning and timetabling are counterbalanced by chance and randomness, in particular related to life and work changes.


Janette Bright



For her new work, Janette began with a piece of Renaissance art work that she researched as part of her art history course, but which ultimately led her back to the archives of the Foundling Hospital exploring ideas about value and ultimately asking what is precious - something expensive or something with a personal connection or memories.

Susan Canfield


Susan's new work looks at the Modernist writings of Virginia Woolf, in particular Toby's Room, Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse.

Ellen Devall


Ellen's new work is developing from her own personal journey and she is currently exploring a range of options including ideas around the symbolism of the sea, gloves and button makers.

Carol Dixon


A poem about Tulips by Arthur Guiterman is the starting point for Carol's new work for Following a Thread. Their bright, bold colours and shapes are sure to cheer.

Liz Hammond

Liz's current work looks at her personal relationship with Sizewell Nuclear Reactor. Her initial reaction was one of threat, particularly to the wildlife and surrounding landscape. Yet over the years the building almost appears to have mellowed and Liz wonders if it is possible to once again look at the natural beauty of the land and hardly notice the power station nestled there.

Jenny Leslie


Jenny is looking at holloways, ancient pathways contrasted with the modern, urban Hollway Road, its name revealing its ancient past. Inspired also by the author Robert MacFarlane in The Wild Places, she considers his comment that holloways are like the wrinkles in the palm of the hand, irregular and deeply ingrained.


Tricia has started with fishing lines for her latest work, considering the connections between weights and lines, movement and space.

Anne Norton



In her new work Anne is looking at Iceland, and the dilemma the country has with regard to preservation of its landscape and culture, against the economical need for tourism.

For Following a Thread, Lorna has also been inspired by the landscape of Iceland, but her mix of fire and ice reveals a dramatic story told in equally dramatic colour.

Libby Smith


For her new work Libby looks at the naive art of three Cornish artists - Alfred Wallis (1855-1942), Daphne McClure (b.1930) and David Pearce (b.1963), as well as her own native landscape.

Margaret's current work looks at rocks and caves, in particular in relation to texture and rock formation. She has also been inspired by rock churches and frescoes in Turkey and Italy.

Julie Topsfield



In her new work Julie is looking at the unique Machair landscape of the Outer Hebrides.