One of the strengths of EAST as a group is the fact that we make time to play , experiment and generally immerse ourselves in our practice.
We recently had a sketchbook development session with textile artist Amanda Hislop, who was our guest tutor for the day.
We experimented with mark-making using a host of different media and textures, playing with positive and negative spaces, ending up with plenty of inspirational material for our sketchbooks.
Amanda has many small sketchbooks that she makes from folding paper, that she showed us the process of. These are so compact that they can be taken out and about in a pocket with a minimal sketching kit of a few well-chosen implements to draw with.
I’ll let the images speak for themselves!
EAST members recently enjoyed a creative Saturday with artist and textile designer Vinny Stapley, exploring organic forms while studying a magnificent, dramatically-lit large still-life.
With the focus on observation, we warmed up with three exercises: drawing with our non-dominant hand; drawing not looking at the paper and drawing with the charcoal at the end of a long stick.
Our inhibitions freed, we went on to produce, from our observations of the Henri Rousseau-like centre display, ‘moments’ captured from areas we chose to use. There was a twist to how we did this, though: we spent about eight minutes at each of the 14 positions around the centre-piece, each time using a different medium before moving on to the next.
After lunch we further studied the cornucopia of organic forms by concentrating our focus on a particular part and zooming in on it, sometimes producing quite abstract results.
Group work, in threes/ fours, then took the form of collaborating to make a 3D piece.
Throughout the day we had group critiques, when it was interesting to see what other members made of the various elements that made up this fun workshop.
We’ve invited another guest artist/tutor for a workshop day with us in February 2020. Watch this space for our next adventure …
E.A.S.T is excited to take Power of Stitch to the Pond Gallery at Snape Maltings.
Under one ‘umbrella’ theme, the works in our latest exhibition are unified by its title, but are as varied as you might hope to find in terms of the individual artists’ approach, focus of subject matter, choices of materials and techniques.
The few images here are just to whet your appetite … as a group of fourteen textile artists with diverse styles and ways of expressing our creative passions, we believe there is something to capture the imagination of most people who enjoy visual art.
A feast for the eyes, Power of Stitch will be stewarded at Snape by E.A.S.T artists who will be happy to tell you more about the art works and our group.
So, whether you’re ready for your senses to be stimulated, your thoughts provoked, or you’d just like to spend time looking at some original works of art, we’ll be pleased to welcome you at the Pond Gallery from Thursday 4 July to Wednesday 10 July, 10 am till 5 pm.
What a lovely way to spend my Saturday this autumnal weekend, learning about dyeing using leaves.
This image is a detail from some silk velvet fabric that I used for one of the samples, showing some of the subtle colours that can be achieved, as well as more dramatic ones.
Jenny expertly guided us through some variations of this fascinating natural dyeing method, and we produced several samples with a range of effects.
I felt totally immersed (no pun intended) in this workshop, and spent much of Sunday thinking how I’ll be using what I’ve just learned in my current project. For the Power of Stitch, EAST’s 2019 exhibition theme, I’m focusing on Caister, on the Norfolk coast, and I think I may have just found the perfect North Sea muddy blue, courtesy of Jenny and some purple carrots … watch this space!
Kay Mullenger, October 2018