Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot
I am a textile tutor and author living near Cambridge, UK. I gained a City and Guilds certificate in embroidery and a Teaching Certificate in Dorset and a Diploma in Stitched Textiles at Windsor.

I was awarded a Licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsman and the City and Guilds institute.

For the past 25 years I have taught all over England and written two books - Medieval Flushwork of East Anglia and its Symbolism and Contemporary Textured Surfaces in Fabric and Thread.  I have also written articles for Embroidery Magazine and my work has appeared in several books by Maggie Grey.

I have exhibited my work many times at Alexandra Palace, Harrogate, the Barbican, Braintree Museum, Snape and other venues in London, Cambridge, St. Albans, Brighton and Norwich.

Inspiration for my work has come from Medieval church floor tiles, Suffolk Flushwork, and rock formations of Petra, Cappadocia and Yucatan.

I am also a member of the Embroiderers Guild and E.R.T.F. 

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Bridging the Gap

My work for the next EAST exhibition “Bridging the Gap” is about floods and drought.I discovered an article by Lindsey Jean Schueman, writer, and producer of the website One Earth, about women working for climate change.Click here for the website. 

Schueman’s comments acknowledge the role of women noting, that without women, the Paris Climate Agreement would not be what it is today. A legendary group of women called the “lionesses” including Farhana Yamin, Christiana Figueres, and Tessa Tennant, met in the countryside of Scotland and came up with the guiding principle of ‘net zero emissions’ at a time when many parties to the climate convention were at loggerheads. This group expanded into one of more than 30 female lawyers, diplomats, financiers, and activists with the mission to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Schueman records that such precise targets and clear language allowed global leaders to finally understand the urgency and, with a clear objective, begin to cooperate to create actionable policy.

Further reading discusses the view that women in leadership positions create and improve climate change policy more often than men. A study of 130 countries showed that countries with a high representation of women in their administrations are more likely to ratify international environment treaties.

Policymakers, investors, and philanthropists need to understand that women can act as an immense force for change by leading their communities and the world towards a more sustainable future.

Climate change is making some regions drier than normal and other areas much wetter than they used to be. This presents a huge problem for crops, animal grazing and managing the environment. Bridging this “gap” would be a lifeline for many communities.

Scientists have found a way to harvest drinking water from the air - inspired by cacti and desert beetles. This could possibly be the end of drought by capturing the almost limitless supply of sources such as fog and dew.  A  New York University team converted natural vapour to liquid using crystals. They told Nature Journal they were inspired in part by desert beetles which “fog bask” to keep hydrated.

Planting more trees and rewilding the countryside can help with floods. Nature often survives the harshest of weather. My work looks at the regrowth on trees particularly ones that have suffered from drought or lightning strikes.

Textured Surfaces

Books and workshops

Workshops - Textures in fabric and thread. Machine or hand

Books: Medieval Flushwork of East Anglia
            Contemporary Textures in Fabric and Thread