Saturday, 29 November 2014

Colour and Light

After a busy time with the EAST exhibition in Harrogate last week, I decided I would take it relatively easy this week and on Wednesday went to see the film Mr. Turner, a biopic of the artist known as “the painter of light”.  I am so pleased that I found the time to go and see it, I felt totally absorbed and moved by the film that depicted Turner’s life and the times in which he lived and all its harshness and ugliness set between 1826 to 1851 when he died.  I know it might not be everybody’s cup of tea but I genuinely enjoyed it.  I saw a very good description by Nigel Andrews that put it in a nutshell “Artists don’t personify the ideal or dazzling worlds they envision. They are the workshop, not the work. So it’s right, in a biopic, that we see the mess of the creative life.”

The next day I went for another walk with my friends in the North Essex countryside and took this photograph of this beautiful tree in the fading November light - a lovely splash of colour on a grey day, although the sun did break through for a while.

I finished the week taking photographs of a few pages of my sketch book and the piece of work I am stitching at the moment.     

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Between the Lines Exhibition- EAST at the Knitting and Stitching Show 2014

October 2014 saw the launch of the latest EAST exhibition “Between the Lines”  (a response to the centenary of the start of the First World War) at the Knitting and Stitching Show which for us was a huge success.  We were given a 20 metre wall on which to display the exhibition in the West Corridor which was the first stand on entering the K&S Show which was an excellent position.  We started hanging the exhibits on Monday afternoon and continued this on Tuesday along with final adjustments, lighting, titles, words, brochures and postcards had been printed, etc. ready for the opening on Wednesday.   The K&S this year was open for five days instead of four as in the past and Thursday evening it stayed open until 7 o’clock.  We had a wonderful response from people, some very emotional, our visitor's book is full of lovely comments, suggestions and requests.

On Tuesday next week, 18th November, we set off for Harrogate for the second showing of the exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show.  After this the exhibition goes on to Braintree Museum and opens on 10th January, 2015, with a talk by EAST at the Museum on the afternoon of 21st January at 3 pm.  The exhibition finishes at Braintree Museum on 13th March, 2015, when it will be packed up ready for its journey to the next venue at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester when the exhibition will open on the 20th March -  phew - it will be a busy time.

Below are a few of the exhibits.

These vases were made by Anne Norton.

The exploding teapot and the bombs were made by Tricia North.

The bullet hole riddled cloth and the barbed wire were made by Margaret Talbot and June Carroll.

And my Remembrance Landscapes