Exhibition archive

Is there information on previous exhibitions by EAST?

Visit our EAST gallery page for images of previous exhibitions - "Between the Lines", "EAST 13", "Talking Textiles", "Making a Point", "Threads of Time" and "EAST @ the Warner Textile Archive"

Following a Thread ...


This exhibition began at Braintree District Museum on 22 April to 24 June 2017 before moving to Snape Maltings in June - July 2017.


Following a Thread ... allowed each member to follow their own creative journey and develop individual themes that were both meaningful and reflected the considerations that slowly unfolded during an extended period of research and contemplation.


As expected, the individual determined their own outcomes but common key themes often began to emerge within the group. Themes included surroundings, personal circumstances, history and literature. The exciting and seemingly endless range of textile media ensures that this exhibition contained not only a diversity of ideas but also a wide range of materials and skills utilised to produce work to its highest standard as is now anticipated from this flourishing group.


There are no limits to artistic creative interpretation and Following a Thread…. explored many of these within the exciting dimension of textile art.




Between the Lines


Between the Lines was launched at the Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace in London and Harrogate in Yorkshire in October and November 2014. The exhibition then moved to Braintree District Museum, Braintree in Essex, The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings in Suffolk and the Corinium Museum in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Its last venue was at Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington. The exhibition reflects the groups’ response to the centenary of the First World War.


Each of the thirteen artists explored the 1914/18 conflict and undertook extensive research of their chosen theme. Several artists were inspired by landscape with Margaret Talbot looking at how war scarred and changed the land, while Libby Smith looked at the way poetry and landscape became a frequent theme during war time. Poetry could also tell personal stories and this was something else that inspired Libby but Liz Hammond, and Susan Canfield were also inspired by poetry. Susan Canfield also looked at literature and art from the 1910s and 20s and Liz Hammond specifically looked at the poem A Poplar and the Moon by war poet Siegried Sassoon. Anne Norton and Ellen Devall also looked at the personal correspondence of the soldiers' experiences, with Ellen finding how even the most tiny sight of nature could provide solace. Personal stories were featured in the work of Melinda Berkovitz who looked at how the Anzacs were involved, while Julie Topsfield explored her own grandfather's story. Lorna Rand's family history looked at how two families once at war (one British and one German) are now at peace, brought together through marriage. Janette Bright was interested in the role of women, often involved in small ways that brought comfort and boosted morale and Delia Pusey looked at how women stitched postcards both as a thing of beauty but from financial necessity by the French and Belgian embroiderers. June Carroll was inspired by barbed wire and Tricia North by handmade weaponry, but in Tricia's case how bombs from jam tins connected to tea at home. By the time we visited our last venue at Landmark Arts Centre new members Felicity Borwick and Jenny Leslie had joined the group and added a piece to the exhibition - Felicity looking at Commonwealth soldiers while Jenny created a piece that reminded her of her ancestor's memories of war.


As with all E.A.S.T exhibitions, the work included a wide range of textile techniques, all beautifully presented to the highest standard and expertise. The contemporary work was accompanied by research material making the completed display highly topical as the country remembers this significant period of our history.


These are some of the comments from the visitors at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in response to the first showing of "Between the Lines" in 2014.


"A stunning and very moving exhibition. What skill! Absolutely wonderful. Worth coming just for this."

"Out of all the memorials I have seen of W.W.1 this is the most informative. I feel so moved. Thank you."

"Beautiful exhibition – came across you on Facebook – was really looking forward to seeing it. Wasn’t disappointed."

"Inspirational work. Could spend the whole day looking at it."

"Very moving for the grandson of a soldier shot in W.W.1."

"Love the thought and design development that has gone into this."

"Well – I’ve never seen anything so beautiful, inspiring and moving as the EAST exhibition. Thank you so much for sharing with me."

"A really wonderful exhibition on a difficult subject. Well done."

"Soul stirring, inspirational and overwhelming . Thank you."

"An amazing tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom."

"The work here is incredibly beautiful and inspiring! I feel a better person in a better world after having visited your stand."

"Absolutely stunning. Thank you. A real privilege to see the sketchbooks too."

"A clever exhibition very well put together. One of the best I have seen. Well done."

"Thank you for your exhibition. Your pieces are incredibly varied and so well executed. You are all so talented. I’m going away totally inspired. "


Internet TV company Just Hands-On TV filmed E.A.S.T members Janette and Susan talking about the Between the Lines exhibition while it was housed at the Cornium Museum in Cirencester. The film is now available on their website to view.



Beginning in Braintree Museum in 2012 this exhibition travelled to a new venue at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester before finishing at the Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk in 2013.


Delia Pusey continued her exploration of Chinese culture with exquisite purses and pockets while in contrast Lorna Rand was inspired by the brashness and colour of graffiti art in Prague to make a connection between new art on old buildings. Margaret Talbot recycled vintage fabrics and incorporated them with photographs of buildings of the Dordogne area of France.


Both inspired by colour, Melinda Berkovitz created "walls" of knitted white textures interlinking with coloured metal wires while Carol Dixon used a vibrant palate to explore the hues of our emotional language. Tricia North was inspired by ledgers and numerals to consider how we interpret multi-layers of information in our lives.


Landscape was behind the inspiration for Liz Hammond who used research into the erosion and destruction of coral reefs as her starting point while Libby Smith's landscapes began with looking at productive environments such as allotments and farmland. June Carroll's work was more graphic exploring maps to create textured surfaces of print and stitch.


Diana Christopher began with images of architectural features, massing a colection of openings and entrances to inspire her hand-stitched panels. Anne Norton, interested in structure and form, was inspired by a visit to the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield and her native Yorkshire countryside.

Janette Bright continued her scrutiny of the 18th century, in particular the age of the Enlightenment to create a miniature museum while Ellen Devall looked at the plight of the Victorian seamstresses dreaming of a better future, but finding the reality very different and telling their story with her "Hope Chest". Susan Canfield made a personal journey to think about "What makes us British?" and in particular everyday life in Britain in the 1930s. Julie Topsfield extended her interest in birds to look at the sport of falconry, and looking at the evolution of gloves from the first Elizabethan era to the present day.

Talking Textiles was the exhibition that celebrated fifteen years of EAST working together and ran between September 2010 and July 2011. Venues included Braintree District Museum in Essex, Farfield Mill in Cumbria, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Nuneaton and Bedworth Museum in Warwickshire and the Pond Gallery at Snape in Suffolk.

Liz Hammond used bright and colourful panels to tell a subtle message about life's emotional journey while Tricia North presented pieces that explored joinings and connections. Margaret Talbot presented a set of sea life panels that portrayed the sad decline of the Scottish fishing industry, while Carol Dixon used her work to look at personal story of dwindling manufacturing culture and industrial decay. June Carroll continued her exploration of maps using dockland regions as the inspiration behind her panels. Melinda Berkovitz continued her study of water patterns and declining natural water sources, in particular the Sea of Galilee. Julie Topsfield was inspired by the patterns and markings on bird feathers with fragile pieces that captured the delicate harmony between man and nature. Janette Bright continued her research into the records of the eighteenth century Foundling Hospital and Libby Smith considered the work and life of nineteenth century poet Emily Dickenson. Susan Canfield had created an ingenious "pop up book" as a tribute to a young pupil whose untimely death led her to consider Shakespeare's "Seven Ages of Man". Diana Christopher was inspired by the international artist Dale Chihuly to create her own 3D machine embroidered pieces. Tales from foreign part are always featured in EAST exhibitions and Anne Norton designed a series of vessels and hangings that capture the essence of the African Shoowah People, Delia Pusey produced an intricate tribute to the Yellow Crane Tower in China while Lorna Rand combined images of graffiti in Prague with Japanese kimonos - a successful merging of East and West.

EAST 13 was the exhibition which started in our 13th year (starting 2008 and continuing until 2009). Again there was a great variety of topics that were the inspiration behind the work of the artists. Melinda Berkovitz had just begun her exploration of the patterns created by the movement of water and in particular the Great Barrier Reef, Janette Bright was using individual tokens and individuals discovered in the Foundling Hospital archives and Susan Canfield had been inspired by the silver birches discovered during a midwinter visit to the Isle of Mull. June Carroll was looking at maps and town planning while Diana Christopher was looking at the shapes, lines and patterns of nature. Carol Dixon was looking into the artefacts of ancient peoples while Anne Norton was interested in the icons of Russia and Indian jewellery. Yvonne Pedretti had a passion for the sea and combined this with her interest in domestic stitching to explore issues of time and environment. Delia Pusey was inspired by Chinese costume and Lorna Rand created some fabulous hats inspired by the natural life of Australia and New Zealand. Libby Smith was fascinated by memory and cloth while Margaret Talbot explored medieval church architecture, in particular flint flush work.

This exhibition which was launched at the Knitting and Stitching Shows at London and Harrogate in 2009 was created in conjunction with Braintree District Museum Trust. Work from this exhibition can be hired through Braintree District Museum and members of EAST can arrange talks explaining the archive and how it inspired their contemporary pieces. Visit the Gallery and the Warner Project pages for more information.

Stitched Up

Stitched Up was an exhibition that began at the ICHF Show in Harrogate in 2005 before travelling to the Voirrey Embroidery Centre in the spring of 2006. In the autumn of 2006 it moved to Braintree District Museum before moving on to Snape Maltings, Suffolk in 2007 and the Crome Gallery in Norwich as part of the Norwich Textile Trail.


Spirit of the Cloth and earlier exhibitions


This exhibition ran from 2004-2006. It started at Braintree District Museum before moving to the Knitting and Stitching Shows at London and Harrogate. Spirit of the Cloth also visited the Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and Snape Maltings also in Suffolk.


In 2002 EAST exhibited at Braintree, Bury St Edmunds and Knebworth - Take 11


In 1999 EAST exhibited at Braintree and the Knitting and Stitching Shows at London and Harrogate - Tales of Another Place


The first EAST exhibition Icons was at Braintree District Museum in 1997.



Threads of Time


This exhibit is another project by EAST which is now part of Braintree District Museum archive. The museum is located in, Manor Street, Braintree, Essex. This exhibition was inspired by objects and other aspects of the museum, to mark the millennium in 2000. This exhibition also visited the Knitting and Stitching Shows at London and Harrogate. For images of the work visit our gallery, or to arrange a talk about how this work was created, visit our TALKS page or contact us by email.