On Saturday (8 April 2017) two members of EAST visited the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society at Cottingham to present our Between the Lines talk. We had a really warm welcome and it was a lovely group to visit, set in a very nice village, close to Hull. We did not have time to look around Hull but its station was full of flags advertising the fact that this year it is City of Culture (see below).
There is even an aircraft hanging from the roof – a copy of Amy Johnson’s plane (a Hull girl) made by the prisoners and staff of the local prison.
Another artwork in the station was a statue of poet Philip Larkin (below).
Despite the fact that it was a beautiful, sunny day, we were pleased to have about 90 members of the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society and we even managed to spend a few moments in their fabulous “pop up shop”. Susan is seen here (below) buying some silk fabric and I purchased a book on Elizabethan lace for just 50p.
And while we gave our talk our husbands took Susan and Colin’s dog Briar to visit the local windmill and found a cafe selling cake. It was carrot cake apparently so one of their “five a day”!
Coming home, sitting at Cottingham Station in the sunshine we had to sit a while with the birds singing and wild flowers blooming. It reminded me of the poem Adelstrop which we had read just a few moments earlier as part of our talk – a moment of calm where nothing happens at a railway station.
Tonight (on Monday,10 April 2017), I will be much closer to home visiting Chelmsford Embroiderers’ Guild
in Chelmsford, Essex with a different talk Threads of Time
. Visitors wellcome.
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(Posted by Janette)
The work above is by E.A.S.T artist, Susan Canfield, inspired by Edward Bawden, one of the Bardfield Artists and part of Threads of Time. Now Bawden and the Bardfield Artists are the subject of a new exhibition at Braintree Museum, Essex, Life in an English Village.
Susan and I were lucky enough to go along to the private view of this exhibition of prints and drawings. Here I learnt how Edward Bawden RA and his friend Eric Ravilious had visited Great Bardfield as students, fell in love with the place and decided to move there. Although the Bardfield Artists as they came to be known, along with John Aldridge RA, Kenneth Rowntree, Walter Hoyle, Sheila Robinson and Bernard Cheese, never saw themselves as a group or colony, they had a close connection which inspired ideas and techniques.
I had really only learnt about the artists from seeing Susan’s work and discussing them at our E.A.S.T meetings so it was really good to go together to see the exhibition. Luckily as our meetings are held at Braintree Museum I will get to see the exhibition more than once – exhibitions are always more interesting when seen on several occasions.
The exhibition continues until 15 April 2017. Braintree District Museum is in Manor Street, Braintree, CM7 3HW and open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Their website (www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
) gives details of admission charges and events related to the exhibition.