Sunday, January 1, 2017

What's on in January

Jessa Fairbrother practice is largely concerned with gesture, making explicit the moment when the donor of the gesture and the gaze of the viewer collide. Jessa says, "I am fascinated by how we perform ourselves continuously, role-playing our identities responding to the ongoing performance of others. In doing so I search for communal meanings defined and given shape through the presence of a figure - this is mostly my own - and make long-term work about how this writes itself upon the body. The purpose of thread, mark-making and stitch are central, physically piercing and extending the image-object beyond a single time and space."

© Jessa Fairbrother

"Stitching myself into the image: embroidering the photograph"
7.15 pm on 11 January 2017
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What's on in November

Sally Richardson’s work aims to both celebrate and critique vintage textile pieces. It explores both their social and gendered nature using three key themes. The first theme is repetition. Using a range of knitting, crochet, lace, and tatting to inform her drawing, she hopes to give a sense of the methodical and monotonous nature of both the textile pieces and her drawing. Second, using doilies as an example, Sally aims to show how these were used as a symbol of respectability and femininity but have since become redundant, now more likely to be viewed as out of date and a sign of old age. Third, by creating drawings on pages of instructional textile magazines Sally tries to highlight the way in which the instructions actively prevent creativity by providing a set of compulsory steps which undermine any artistic intervention.

© Sally Richardson

"The Art of the Doily"
7.15 pm on 9 November 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What's on in September

Aimee Payton gives an introduction to the Textile Collections, highlighting unique and interesting objects and embroidered items.

© The Ashmolean Museum

"Textile Collections at the Ashmolean"
7.15 pm on 14 September 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What's on in June

Alison Hulme: Why, When and How. A different sort of story.

© Alison Hulme

"My Life in Stitch"
7.15 pm on 8 June 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Sunday, May 1, 2016

What's on in May

Caroline Bell will be talking about her journey to becoming an Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar, what happened during the year, how she spent the grant, and what happened next.

© Caroline Bell

"My year as Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar"
7.15 pm on 11 May 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Friday, April 1, 2016

What's on in April

Harriet Stiles will be discussing her journey as a self-employed jewellery designer to date - the influence of nature, flora and fauna, and rural Herefordshire, with an underlying desire to contemporise traditional needlework, by designing and making flamboyant adornments.

© Harriet Stiles

"Embroidered Adornments"
7.15 pm on 13 April 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Grand Bridge III

A felted view of the grand bridge by Young Embroiderer Ela Ergeneli, age 7.

The Grand Bridge by Ela Ergeneli

2016 is the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown's birth and to commemorate the occassion the Embroiderers' Guild will be joining a nationwide celebration.

Blenheim Palace is one of the finest examples of Brown's work. As part of a range of activies to clebrate the life and works of 'Capability' Brown the Palace is hosting an exhibition in partnership with the Embroiderers' Guild and a local art group.

Members of Newbury, Oxford, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham branches together with the Young Embroiderers of Oxford Branch have contributed nearly 100 unique and specially created art works for this exhibition.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Enduring Legacy

Fabric paints, applique, dissolvable fabric with machine and hand stitching, using a variety of threads. By Sarah Dickinson.

Enduring Legacy by Sarah Dickinson

Enduring Legacy, detail

2016 is the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown's birth and to commemorate the occassion the Embroiderers' Guild will be joining a nationwide celebration.

Blenheim Palace is one of the finest examples of Brown's work. As part of a range of activies to clebrate the life and works of 'Capability' Brown the Palace is hosting an exhibition in partnership with the Embroiderers' Guild and a local art group.

Members of Newbury, Oxford, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham branches together with the Young Embroiderers of Oxford Branch have contributed nearly 100 unique and specially created art works for this exhibition.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Waiting for Glory

Waterlilies - Time to rest, drift back under the water to sleep, until the Spring when you once again share your glory. By Clem Gilder.

Waiting for Glory by Clem Gildery

Waiting for Glory by Clem Gildery, detail

2016 is the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown's birth and to commemorate the occassion the Embroiderers' Guild will be joining a nationwide celebration.

Blenheim Palace is one of the finest examples of Brown's work. As part of a range of activies to clebrate the life and works of 'Capability' Brown the Palace is hosting an exhibition in partnership with the Embroiderers' Guild and a local art group.

Members of Newbury, Oxford, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham branches together with the Young Embroiderers of Oxford Branch have contributed nearly 100 unique and specially created art works for this exhibition.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

SEW Regional Day - Meet the Speakers, Michele Carragher


The Embroidered Narrative: Costume Embroidery for Film and Television

Michele Carragher is a Costume Embroiderer who specialises in hand embroidery and surface embellishment, using traditional hand embroidery techniques, smocking, beading and surface decoration. She works directly onto the completed garment or starts with motifs and textures on silk organza, which are applied to the costume and then working into once on the actual garment.

Daenery Dragonscale Dress, Game of Thrones, HBO
© Michele Carragher

Michele studied Fashion Design at The London College of Fashion and at the same time attended a three year evening course in Saddlery at the Cordwainers College learning skills in leatherwork. After leaving college she worked in Textile Conservation, repairing and restoring historical textiles before moving into a career in costume for Film and Television, initially working as a Costume Assistant/Maker on productions then gravitated towards the decoration and embellishment of costumes, using skills in hand embroidery and surface decoration.

Margaery’s Wedding Dress, Game of Thrones, HBO
© Michele Carragher

The first production that saw her undertake the role of a Principal Costume Embroiderer was for HBO’s 2005 Emmy Costume award-winning production of Elizabeth 1, starring Helen Mirren. Her most recent work has been on HBO’s 2012/14 Costume award-winning television series Game of Thrones, working on all six seasons. Michele’s highly creative embellishment of the show's stunning costumes are now as much talked about as the television series itself and the books upon which the series is based.

Embroidered Insect, Game of Thrones, HBO
© Michele Carragher

This talk is about the path that led Michele to work in Film and Television industry as a Costume Embroiderer, explaining how she developed her style and techniques, as well as giving insight into how she does her job. Michele will show examples of her embroidery work and explain the process into how she created some of the designs for Elizabeth 1 and Game of Thrones.

http://michelecarragherembroidery.com/

For more information on the SEW Regional Day and a booking form, please email karenroweeg@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

SEW Regional Day - Meet the Speakers, Diana Springall


The Madeira Lecture: Contemporary Embroidery and the Relevance of Drawing

Diana Springall is amongst the most well-known of all British textile artists. Her work is found in many private and public collections including the Embroiderers’ Guild.

Letting the Days Go By by Jane Poulton
© Diana Springall Collection

Following her training as a painter, Diana soon realised the importance of adding craft skills to her teaching career, in particular, embroidery. At the start of the 1960’s, as a passionate teacher and practicing embroider, she made scores of 35mm slides for her students to share but knew that nothing could them more them more than enabling them to see and handle the real thing. Thus, Diana began to collect examples of contemporary embroidery by graduate students, and her colleagues and peers. Most were purchased for modest sums, but many were an agreement of exchange and in several significant cases have been gives.

The Cinnamon Tree by Virina Warren
© Diana Springall Collection

What Diana saw in the building of this resource was one that would allow me, at very short notice, to show those who questioned me with the words “what do you mean by embroidery?” she could reply by say “I will show you”.

On My Window Sill by Diana Springall
© Diana Springall Collection

Diana’s talk will be about the textile artists of the last sixty years who have pursued the subject with professional passion. Their individuality can be seen to stem from a higher education system that valued the significance of observational drawing.

http://dianaspringallcollection.co.uk

For more information on the SEW Regional Day and a booking form, please email karenroweeg@gmail.com