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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Time for Inspiration and Research

Seeking inspiration and following up on visual research for a new body of work is often for me quite an organic process.  I have places that are special to me that never fail to inspire, and the photo above of one of these special places transports me back there in my mind and helps me […]

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Workshops that Inspire

by Libby Smith One of the workshops in which I took part in 2021 was “Mapping a Sense of Place”  by Matt Harris which was held in the lovely village of Tollesbury, Essex, over two days.  I always enjoy Matt’s workshops – I just always seem to get a lot out of them. It was […]

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice

By Jenny Leslie During the winter last year, in lock down, I got very interested in eco leaf printing on paper. Somehow the definition seemed clearer on paper than on fabric.  As I gazed at one of them, I felt that I could see a shape arising. This shape felt very evocative of the time […]

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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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