What is our latest exhibition about?
Our latest exhibition Following a Thread opened at Braintree District Museum and coincided with the Textile Fair of May 2017. The exhibition then moved to The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, in Suffolk. Information about further venues will be announced in due course. In the meantime the group is working on their next body of work and it is hoped our next exhibition, The Power of Stitch will open in 2019. Updates will follow in due course.
This exhibition returns to the group's more regular format of encouraging each member to follow their own creative journey and develop individual themes that are both meaningful and reflect the considerations that slowly unfold during an extended period of research and contemplation.
As is expected, the individual will determine their own outcomes but common key themes often begin to emerge within the group. Our surroundings are always a strong influence and landscapes influenced from locations as varied as the Outer Hebrides, Turkey, Iceland, Dorset and Suffolk are powerful starting points for some of the E.A.S.T members.
For others, ideas of a more personal nature are explored. The ever unfolding landscape of family relationships, self-discovery and a journey through serious illness and thankful recovery are emotive subjects.
Historical records and the creative writings of authors such as Virginia Woolf provide the exploratory threads for two of the E.A.S.T members.
The exciting and seemingly endless range of textile media ensures that this exhibition will contain 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…." explores many of these within the exciting dimension of textile art.
You will be inspired.
To keep up to date with exhibitions and events visit the E.A.S.T blog.
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.
For more information visit our Exhibition Archive page.