"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, Anne, 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.


The thread of Felicity’s thoughts intertwines her interest in visual images of brain activity and meditations about people close to her. It reflects a time of transition and change, ups and downs, joy and trauma.


Janette Bright



For Following a Thread, 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


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

Ellen Devall


Ellen's latest work was a development from her own personal journey 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 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.


For The Power of Stitch Tricia is looking at the impact of PTSD from WW1 on future generation, Tricia is exploring Epigenetic inheritance through sculptures using stitch, texture and light.

Anne Norton



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

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".)