Tuesday, 30 March 2010


The Goldsmiths Documentary is on Monday 12th & 19th April BBC4 at 9pm.

This new two-part documentary follows a group of Goldsmiths artists as they struggle to create art and make a name for themselves during the run-up to their final masters' show, a showcase at which dealers and collectors jostle to sign the latest sensation.
The two programmes follow the artist in the months following their graduation, taking their first steps into professional careers.


Monday, 29 March 2010


Hertfordshire members are holding a meeting on 16th April at a members home, members from all regions are welcome to attend. This is a good opportunity to network with other members. For further details go to the ERTF members website and check out the Herts region.

Sunday, 21 March 2010


The Victoria And Albert Museum is presenting it's first major exhibition of quilts from 20th March to 4th July 2010. The exhibition is exploring 300 years of British Quilt Making and will show more than 65 quilts, as well as traditional quilts there will be quilts made by contemporary artists Tracey Emin and ERTF member Sara Impey. ERTF members will be familiar with Sara's work, we were lucky enough to have two of Sara's quilts in our 'Moving Forward' exhibition at Cambridge in 2009. Sara also gave an inspiring talk to members during one of our conferences.

ERTF members will also be fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in a Show and Tell Event
with input from Sara. This will be a members only event held in Essex and tickets will be limited.Tickets will be available at the April AGM.

In the meantime there are lots of events going on at the V&A in connection with the Quilt Exhibition! for more details click here QUILTS

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Elements of Nature - Exhibition at Braintree Museum

Vibrant New Textile Art by the Night and Day Group - 1st April to 15th May 2010 at Braintree District Museum.

"Meet the Artists" and Workshops - Saturday 3rd April, 17th April and 8th May from 10.30am to 2pm and a children's activity on May 8th.

Braintree Museum is open Mondays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm (closed bank holidays).

Admission charge for adults.

Enquiries to Visitor Services Team - 01376 325266

Foundling Museum Sampler Purchase

Just thought I would add this link about a sampler recently acquired by the London Foundling Museum. Grants were required for its purchase including £5,500 by The Art Fund, plus contributions by the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Worshipful Company of Weavers. The actual sampler cost in excess of £10,000.

Go to - http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=36875 for more information and a picture of the sampler.

10 Go To Jersey

Yes, the view from my hotel room every morning over St Aubins bay down to St Helier in the far distance. The beautiful sandy beach that was perfect for morning walks from the pretty little harbour at St. Aubins. Ok, ok, I know you aren't in the least bit envious!

We started our week with the opening shindig at The Harbour Gallery. Opened by the Minister for Tourism, followed by a short speeches from Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn and then an introduction to Diane Bates new work on portraiture.

The Harbour Gallery is a registered charity that runs to support the Arts and Crafts in Jersey and The Textile Showcase is one of the many activities run each year to support the charity and keep the gallery open. The Textile Showcase is run by two amazing ladies who manage to put on a week long event of workshops, exhibitions and competitions and a large gala dinner.

Once the opening ceremonies where over we began the serious business of eating.

In between the eating we did manage to attend some workshops

and ERTF's Gina Ferrari run a masterclass for ERTF members in Jersey on Design

We all particularly enjoyed working together as a group with Gina.

Another highlight of the week was a talk by Louise Gardiner
and several of our group had attended various workshops with Louise which involved dancing to music and drawing without looking! Great work came from this.....

Jan and Jean where other tutors to run a full day workshop working as Double Trouble with machine soluble and the embellisher.

Great tuition and inspiration from two masters of their art.

ERTF was also luckily enough to be able to invite Jan and Jean to an ERTF private dinner at the wonderful Boatyard in St Aubin - a trendy, modern bar/restaurant overlooking the small harbour. Caroline, who arranged the whole trip, called this dinner "In Discussion with Jan and Jean" and it was a wonderful opportunity to talk to Jan and Jean on an informal basis.

However, sorry to Jan and Jean but I am afraid you were eclipsed by a man! Listen carefully here partners and husbands - Mr Caroline McNarama arrived unexpectedly at the dinner off a flight from the the UK, he stayed the night and went back to work in the UK at lunch time the next day..............why did he do this................it was Caroline's birthday................ahhhhhh, we were all quite gooey eyed.
So a terrifically wonderful time was had by the 10 in Jersey and I can only stay that if we are in a position to offer the trip again next year grab the chance as it offered great value for money and was expertly organised by Caroline.

Oh, yes did manage to fit in a bit of work.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Spring newsletter

The new Spring newsletter is now available on the website.
Lots of reviews of past events and dates for future exhibitions.