Thursday, 25 November 2010

New Exhibitions

Two new exhibitions start in The Gallery at Craft Arena today. The first is by Sue Turner who is a member of the Octopus group.

The second shows work by members of Ladybugs Quilters, based in Shenfield.

Two very different styles of work, but both are stunning, so do come along and see them. Both exhibitions are on until the end of December.


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

I'd like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone at Basildon Embroiderers' Guild who made me so welcome on Saturday. I had a really enjoyable afternoon talking about my City and Guilds work and hope that everyone will be encouraged to give it a go.

A couple of new books are in. They were published in September, but it's the first time I've had them in - don't know how I missed them!

Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley is a guide to using line and other forms of mark-making in textile art and embroidery.

Line is an essential component of textile art. When used effectively, it can convey texture, tone, form, movement and mood. Drawn to Stitch is a practical guide to the uses of line in embroidery and textile art, presented as a series of exercises designed to help the reader explore line's potential and develop their creativity. It covers line and mark-making tools, materials and processes - including printing and mixed-media techniques - and then moves into stitch, explaining how to interpret different line qualities from crisp and sharp to soft and diffused, from raised and overlaid to recessed and inlaid. Full of inspiring ideas, the book is illustrated with stunning examples of stitched-textile work.

A structured series of exercises helps the reader explore the limitless possibilities of line and boost their confidence in this fundamental area . The book is illustrated with stunning examples from the author and other leading textile artists.

Cas Holmes is renowned for her use of 'the found', and her many-layered, atmospheric pieces have been shown around the world.

The practice differs from recycling in that the objects often remain 'themselves' when they are incorporated into the work. The work is often conceived and built around the found object. The definition 'found object' can include a wide range of objects, from natural materials such as driftwood and leaves to old bits of machinery and vintage fabrics. Mundane objects such as CD cases can be used to create stunning pieces of art, or more sentimental items such as old jewellery can lend deep meaning to a work. This book contains a wealth of techniques and inspiration for incorporating found objects into your textile work.

These are both inspirational books that could take you further in your textile journey.

Our Christmas Charity Night is on Friday 26th November when we will be raising money for two good causes; The Burned Children's Club and Southend Breast Cancer Care. There will be lots going on including live music with a Robbie Williams Tribute Act, entertainment and an auction with some great prizes including meal vouchers for The Magic Mushroom and The Ivory Rooms, family Pantomime tickets, a helicopter ride and an electric guitar. Father Christmas will be here with a FREE present for the children, there will be a Christmas Farmers' Market, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine, Carols from local school children, (including a choir from Northlands School in Basildon, where my daughter Jennifer works) and much more!

I hope to see you then.