Power of Stitch 2022

by Melinda Berkovitz

Power of Stitch is on its way to Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Behind the scenes the publicity is ready, setting up arrangements are being finalised, items for sale in the Gallery are being prepared and many more jobs  are being delegated to ensure a successful event. As a group, EAST have a strong working dynamic that relies on everybody contributing and supporting each other.

EAST is delighted that our original exhibition, Power of Stitch, seen in Braintree Museum in May 2019, has an opportunity for another airing. This time at the Babylon Arts Gallery, Ely Cambridgeshire. Venues for 2019 and 2020 had been arranged but who would ever have thought that a worldwide pandemic would interfere with such plans! A huge amount of effort goes into producing work for an exhibition so it would have been extremely disappointing if Power of Stitch did not have another showing.

In Power of Stitch, EAST members have interpreted this deliberately enigmatic title within their own areas of research whilst retaining a focus on stitch to define their creative journey.

Inevitably changes have occurred since the 2019 showing of the work. Two of our long-standing members, Lorna Rand and Carol Dixon, (EAST’s founder and first Chairman) have retired and whilst they remain in personal contact with members, are no longer actively involved in EAST. However, we are delighted to include work produced by our two newest members, Vinny Stapley and Angela Brookford. Visitors to our recent exhibition, Transformation, will be familiar with their exciting contributions to the EAST cohort.

One of our members, Felicity Borwick has had her piece “A Place to Live” as seen in Braintree, admitted to the Suffolk Archives Collection at The Hold, Ipswich. Therefore, Felicity will be exhibiting some close-up detailed images of the hanging.

The beautiful, tranquil backdrop of Babylon Arts Gallery will be sure to provide a stunning location for the Power of Stitch. We hope that many of our friends, colleagues and a new audience will join us from 1st – 19th June to view the work either for the first time or as a follow-on opportunity.

To really engage with the group and the work, EAST members are hosting several workshops and talks during the visit at the Babylon Arts Gallery.

A brief list is provided here but for bookings and further details please visit either


www.babylonarts.org.uk   (T: 01353616991)

Power of Stitch talk-The Exhibition, with Melinda Berkovitz and Susan Canfield

                                  Wednesday 1st June 10.30am free entry

From the sea (image)

Power of Stitch workshop– Rock on with Julie Topsfield

                                  Monday 6th June 10.30am £15

Rock on (image)

Power of Stitch workshop– Embroider a wheel with Margaret Talbot

                                  Friday 10th June 10.00am £10

Embroider a wheel (sample)

Power of Stitch workshop – Memento vitae with Janette Bright & Vinny Stapley

                                  Monday 13th June 10.30am £30.00

Memento vitae (sample)

Power of Stitch Talk– the Rise and Fall of the Tambour Hook with Janette Bright

                                  Monday 13th June 7.00pm£5.00

tambour hook (sample)

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