All posts by Janette Bright

Hookie, Proggie and Pojagi: making connections, developing ideas

On Saturday, I was one of the EASTies attending Braintree’s Textile Fair and demonstrating rag rugging – a traditional technique that is perfect for up-cyclers. There are some more images on our EAST Instagram page HERE. The very next day I attended Chelmsford in Stitches (a local stitch group) where our speaker was Mary McIntosh, […]

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It’s never too late!

When I heard a review of Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child, an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, I was interested to learn that the artist was at her most prolific later in life. This retrospective of the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), focused on her textile work which she began mostly in her 80s. Her […]

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Can embroidery survive for 2000 years?

The simple answer is yes – if something is stored in the right conditions. The British Museum’s Peru: A Journey in Time includes this funerary wrap which dates to about 2000 years ago and yet the colours are still bright and fresh. Though difficult to photograph and displayed in low light conditions – this image […]

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A quarter of a century – and then some

In 1995, EAST was born and in 2020 we panned to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Of course we all know what happened in 2020! So it may be a year on but we did recently celebrate, albeit a year late and in perhaps a little more subdued fashion that we might have done if life […]

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All at sea

The London Foundling Museum is currently displaying the exhibition Fighting Talk: One boy’s journey from abandonment to Trafalgar. It tells the story of George King (1787-1857), a foundling boy who wrote a memoir of his life. As far as we know it is the only known autobiography of someone admitted to the Foundling Hospital in […]

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