On Tuesday a group of stitchers from the Suffolk West branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild journeyed to Braintree to be conducted around the Power of Stitch exhibition by myself and Melinda.
Before the tour began Melinda described a little about how the group worked, how we present our work to each other and the support we gain from Anthea, our mentor.
We then gave everyone time to wander around the exhibition and ask specific questions about the work on display.
We were also able to open the cabinet and remove our sketch/ideas books for everyone to peruse, although sometimes it was difficult to remember exactly how we’d achieved a design and the thought process behind it.
After all the hard work completing our exhibits and preparing them for display it was a real reward to share the Power of Stitch exhibition with such an admiring audience.
I am working hard on my exhibit for our forthcoming exhibition “The Power of Stitch” which will be at Braintree District Museum to coincide with 2019 Textile Fair. My exhibit tries to show the history of textiles in this country – a hard task and one which took not only a large amount of research but caused quite bit of angst designing.
This detail shows cake wires, couched with grey madeira thread for electricity pylons which makes a reference to power in the title. The background fabric is calico which I coloured during the hot weather. The good weather enabled me to spread the wet fabric out on the grass to dry and consequently the powerful sun fixed the dye. The only slight problem I had was to stop the dog walking all over the dyeing.
When Janette, Carol and I went to the Landmark Arts Centre on Tuesday to give a talk about the research behind “Between the Lines”, I was able to take some more pictures of the exhibition.
Lesley and her right hand man, Tim, had wrapped “barbed wire” around the pillars and hung from it the identity tags the EASTies had made as examples for the workshop “Ready, Steady, Stitch” which will be happening at the Arts Centre on Sunday as part of the Teddington Fair.
So if any of the imagesbelow spark your creativity, come along and have a go. Melinda, Janette, June, Lorna, Tricia, Felicity and I will be there, so it will also be a good time to quiz us about our exhibits as well as adding your own take on identity to the new installation.
Here are just a few images that I took when we were setting up at Landmark Arts Centre.As you can see, Liz and June still look quite happy although it was the middle of the afternoon and they’d just spent quite a while hanging Melinda’s pieces which was not the only exhibit that was tricky to display.