What is our latest exhibition about?

E.A.S.T has produced an exciting exhibition that relies on the most fundamental of textile technique – stitch. In Power of Stitch E.A.S.T members have interpreted this deliberately enigmatic title within their own areas of research whilst retaining a focus on stitch to define their creative journey.

Power of Stitch was on display at Braintree District Museum, Braintree, CM7 3HW from Tuesday 30th April until Saturday 29 June 2019. E.A.S.T also participated in the Braintree Textile Fair on 12 May 2019, running a weaving workshop and talking about their work.

The Power of Stitch exhibition then moved to Snape Maltings, Suffolk from 4th to 10th July 2019.

Liz hammond

What is the inspiration of the EAST artists for their latest exhibition?

For the Power of Stitch, I have returned to one of my popular themes - water studies.

 In this new work, I consider the relationship between the sea and the men that come every day to fish by the sea wall.

 My frequent walks along the Jaffa port and coastline have allowed me to be the observer, the recorder and the collector of discarded fishing apparel. 

 Endless hours of watching the sea in all weathers and the tenacity of the fisherman is inspiring.

From The Sea

A Place to live

‘A Place to Live’

This piece was prompted by my feelings of powerlessness, anger and distrust when local plans and reason are overridden by human greed.  During the research for this piece, I began to feel increasingly a part of a game beyond my control.

Creating my artwork after a frustrating ordeal with the planning process has been therapeutic and also provides a medium for getting my voice heard and raising awareness of the current trend of allowing unsympathetic developments to erode the English landscape.

The Power of Stitch has been used by many artists from the past to the present day. Nineteenth century artists Lorina Bulwer, Elizabeth Parker and Agnes Richter dramatically stitched text to express their trauma and sense of injustice. 

A stitch that can make or break - how over a twenty five year period tambour embroidery could change the lives of London women, for richer or for poorer.
Janette considers the stories of three individuals or groups of individuals: 

a milliner (Mme Pignerolle) in London 1765; 

a group of roughly thirty girls apprenticed from the London Foundling Hospital in 1766;

two girls listed in the 1780s as having no work and who therefore committed suicide.  

All were involved in the same technique of tambour embroidery.

Mme Pignerolle

Susan - spin, fly, beat, stitch

When the title for the next exhibition, Power of Stitch was decided, my immediate thoughts turned towards the narrative this phrase evoked.

My work for Power of Stitch shows a brief summary of the textile revolution, from power to empowerment, ending with the badge of the W.S.P.U. (Women’s Social and Political Union), the militant suffragette group, formed in 1903, highlighting the empowerment for all of needle and thread - Power of Stitch - into the twenty-first century.

I have always had a love of both pattern and colour and have recently been exploring the Shibori technique combined with indigo dye. 

Shibori designs can be achieved using two different methods: to achieve resist in the cloth by clamping or binding, or stitching and tying, the technique that has been used for these pieces.

The power of the stitch is the method by which the design is achieved.



I have used stitch to gain confidence and peace of mind after a particularly stressful time of ill health and family bereavement.

 I have used some of the work created at an enjoyable workshop by Diane Bates to build designs based on Sizwell power station.

After a trip to Yellowstone Park in 2016 I am focussing on depicting the immense power of volcanic formations by studying Mammoth Springs, which is like a living limestone waterfall, as well as looking at lava flows that can be found in Hawaii.

The power of Lava


For Power of Stitch I am looking at the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), from WW1 on future generations, by exploring epigenetic inheritance.

I have studied human DNA and how it can be manipulated and interrupted by each person’s life chances.

I use plastic, metal and thread to highlight the perfection of humanity in conjunction with the man-made world with which it interacts.

The title Power of Stitch made me think of the power of all the machinery and engines used today on the land and sea, and in the air.

 A visit to the Science Museum set me thinking about shapes and spaces, both two- and three-dimensional.

I dedicate this body of work to my late husband Graham Edward Austin Rand who lived and loved the machines he worked with for the whole of his life.


Veil of Winter

A Changing Landscape 

Through the use of photographic images, fabric and mixed media I explore the changing seasonal colours and textures of the North Essex landscape and the creeping urbanisation and industrial development.

I have taken the original source for these pieces of wearable art from three main areas of interest: my admiration for Grayson Perry, a fascination with graffiti in all shapes and forms and a fondness of the Punk/Cosplay movement.

Grayson Perry uses his art work as a means to tell the world his thoughts and feelings, Graffiti artists use any available public surface to get their message across and Steam Punk enthusiasts dress to convey their re/upcycling aesthetic in their love of the old, the repaired, the reworked and the imperfect.

I have created these wearable art pieces in a style that embraces the Victorian era and that of Steam Punk culture, adorning it with graffiti. I decided against using my own views for the graffiti and have instead used a light-hearted and varied approach with a few of my favourite, and some well-known, phrases and cartoons.

In these pieces I have used the power of stitch to construct forms to carry thoughts, opinions and feelings using the power of words.


Shaped by Nature

My current work looks at rocks and caves, in particular in relation to texture and rock formation seen in Cappadocia, Petra and Yucatan.

Stitch can have amazing strength to fasten and hold shapes without any other supports. My manipulated three-dimensional fabric sculptures are held fast and stand using only the power of stitch. Stitches are so versatile that they allow the fabric to be manipulated in many different ways.

I am inspired by the landscape and the black houses found on the Outer Hebrides, and how nature and the elements can dictate the way they are built and the land crofted. 

I interpret this powerful landscape by combining some elements found in the islands together with detailed stitch.

Mini blackhouse


I was initially inspired by Adrienne Rich's poem Diving into the Wreck. In this work I focus on a favourite area of East Anglia - the Norfolk coast, where elemental forces and the passing of time transform the shoreline and the previously buried groynes on Caister beach.  

 The groynes emerge from and disappear back into the land and sea, zigzagging their way as if stitched into place.  

 The power of the sea has forced large stones between the groynes’ metal poles, while their rusting and decaying bear witness to the fragility and the transience of human-imposed structures that nature will eventually reclaim.