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"Following a Thread" - watch this space for updates

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. There is information below about each artist below or click on their names here to find their individual pages:

 

Melinda, Felicity, Janette, Susan, Ellen, Carol, Liz, Jenny, Tricia, Lorna, Libby, Margaret and Julie

Melinda Berkovitz

 

 

For the Power of Stitch, Melinda has returned to one of her popular themes - water studies.

 

In this new work she considers the relationship between the sea and the men that come everyday to fish by the sea wall.

 

Her frequent walks along the Jaffa port and coastline have allowed her to be the observer, the recorder and the collector of discarded fishing apparel. Endless hours of watching the sea in all weathers and the tenacity of the fisherman is inspiring.

 

Felicity is currently researching an idea that has been prompted by feelings of powerlessness, anger, distrust and the desire to protect historic land, listed buildings, wildlife and personal privacy, which have arisen when local plans and reason appear to have been overridden by human greed.

Janette Bright

 

 

For The Power of Stitch, Janette is looking at a stitch that can make or break – how over a twenty five year period tambour embroidery changed the lives of London women - for richer or for poorer. Janette will be exploring the lives of a French milliner who appears to have made her fortune as an embroiderer, alongside a group of foundlings apprenticed to a tambour embroiderer to become 'useful citizens' and two girls whose lack of work led them to a desperate act.

 

 

Susan Canfield

 

When the title for the next exhibition Power of Stitch was decided, Susan’s immediate thoughts turned towards the narrative this phrase evoked.

Carol Dixon

 

"I have always had a love of both pattern and colour, and have recently been exploring the

Shibori technique combined with indigo dye."

Jenny Leslie

 

Jenny’s work for the Power of Stitch focuses on the power of nature. After a trip to Yellowstone park in 2016, Jenny is trying to depict the immense power of volcanic formations by studying Mammoth Springs, which is like a living limestone waterfall and lava flows that can be found in Hawaii.

For The Power of Stitch Tricia is looking at the impact of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from WW1 on future generations by exploring epigenetic inheritance.

 

For this work Tricia will create sculptures using stitch, texture and light.

The Power of Stitch made Lorna think of the power of all the machinery and engines used today on the land and sea, and in the air.

 

A visit to the Science Museum set her thinking about shapes and spaces, both two- and three-dimensional.

Libby Smith

 

Through the use of photographic images, fabric and mixed media Libby is exploring the changing seasonal colours and textures of the North Essex landscape and the creeping urbanisation and industrial development.

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 for The Power of Stitch, Julie is looking at the landscape and uniques houses of the Outer Hebrides.

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".)