Latest exhibition

"The Power of Stitch" opens Braintree Museum, 27 April 2019

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The group is currently working on their next body of work The Power of Stitch will open on 27 April 2019 at Braintree Museum, Braintree in Essex. Updates will follow in due course.


In their new exhibition Power of Stitch, E.A.S.T members have pursured their own areas of interest but with a deliberate focus on stitch to interpret their creative journey. Inspired by the great Constance Howard who said "You do not need to know hundreds of stitches, but you need to use the ones you know well", the group has once again produced an exciting body of work that relies on the most fundamental of textile techniques - stitch.


Each member of E.A.S.T has interpreted the enigmatic title The Power of Stitch in their own way. For some the reference to 'power' alludes to the visual prominence of stich effects within their presented pieces. It is the tool by which the artist conveys her intention.


In other examples members have applied the notion of 'power' to their chosen subject. Natural phenomena such as the sea, geographical forms and landscape are among the forceful themes explored. Personal experience also remains a source of inspiration and some members have reflected on early childhood memories.


Whatever the method or diretion E.A.S.T members are passionate and committed to the continuing development of textiles. They are individually and collective empoowered by their passion to explore and share their ar


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Past E.A.S.T exhibitions have been:


1997 - Braintree District Museum - "Icons"


1999 - Braintree, London and Harrogate - "Tales of Another Place"


2002 - Braintree, Bury St Edmunds and Knebworth - "Take 11"


2004 - saw the start of a two year programme entitled "Spirit of the Cloth" with venues including Braintree District Museum, the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate, the Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds, and the Snape Maltings Gallery near Aldeburgh in Suffolk.


2005-7 - "Stitched Up" commenced at the ICHF Show in Harrogate (2005) before travelling to Voirrey Embroidery Centre in April 2006. It then returned to Braintree District Museum in September 2006. In 2007 the exhibition continued at the Pond Gallery at Snape Maltings, the Crome Gallery in Norwich (as part of the Norwich Textile Trail) and the ICHF (Fashion and Embroidery) Show at Harrogate.


2008-9 - "EAST 13" - Braintree Museum Gallery, Essex, Rhodes Gallery, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire and Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.


2009 - "EAST @ The Warner Textile Archive" at The Textile Gallery of the Knitting and Stitching Shows - London and Harrogate.


2010-2011 - "Talking Textiles" - Braintree Museum, Farfield Mill, Sedburgh, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings and the Yellow Gallery, Nuneaton and Bedworth Museum and Art Gallery.


2012-2013 - "Making a Point!", Braintree Museum Gallery, Braintree, Essex, Corinium Museum, Cirencester, and Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.


2014-2016 - "Between the Lines" launched at the Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace, London and Harrogate, Yorkshire. From January to March 2015 the exhibition moved to Braintree Museum Gallery, Braintree in Essex. In March/April 2015 the exhibition was on display at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, Gloucestershire and in July 2015 we returned to the Pond Gallery at Snape Maltings, Suffolk. The last venue for this exhibition was at Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington during June/July 2016.


2017-2018 - "Following a Thread" opened at Braintree District Museum, Braintree in Essex in April 2017. During that time we were able to participate in the annual Textile Fair running a workshop on mono-printing. The exhibition then moved in June 2017 to The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.


For more information visit our Exhibition Archive page.