Tuesday, 28 April 2015

ERTF Spring newsletter - now available to members

The latest edition of the ERTF newsletter (Spring 2015) is now available to members.  Copies have been emailed but are also available through the website by logging into the members area.

This edition has reviews about our latest events - the Upcycling Conference, and a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.  Also information about up coming events, both by ERTF and non-ERTF.  Some of the non-ERTF events involve some of our members.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Up-Cycling with Lisa Tilley

The ERTF conference at Anglia Ruskin University on 18 April 2015, was all about up-cycling - recycling to make something new.

After a members' challenge our speaker, Lisa Tilley gave an interesting talk about her up-cycled bags and other items.  Everything had a vintage/retro feel that was also very modern.

Lisa creates unique items using stitch, decoupage, crochet, and most importantly combining old and new.  Her work has appeared at a variety of venues including as part of Paul Smith stores at the Milan and Paris fashion weeks in 2010.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Festival of Textile Art - May 2015, The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Cambridge

ERTF Press release

Throughout the month of May 2015 there is a Festival of Textile Art to enjoy at The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey,  Ely Road Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ.

More than 25 Textile artists from all over the Eastern Region have created new textile art works inspired by the Farming Museum and Denny Abbey, inspiration came from farm machinery, the surroundings, the architecture, the people who have lived and worked there over the centuries , farm animals  and the passage of time. Exhibits have been made using a wide range of techniques from free machine embroidery to felting and printing to lace making. There are a number of surprising techniques used too! There will be a display of inspiration and design sheets produced by the exhibitors.

All the exhibitors are members of the ‘Eastern Region Textile Forum’ and on selected days they will be available to talk to visitors about their work and take guided tours, as the numerous pieces of work will be in all parts of the Museum from the Stone Barn to Walnut Tree Cottage to the Abbey itself, there will even be exhibits hanging in the gardens.

There will also be ‘Meet the Artists’ days and drop in and make something sessions too.

There is a sheep trail to follow to spot the tiny handmade sheep hiding in every part of the museum.

There is also a display of mini textiles which have been made by local school pupils on the theme of Farming.

Not to be missed are the Craft day on Bank holiday Monday 4th May, 1940s weekend Sunday and Monday 24th and 25th May where ERTF will be giving guided tours and selling a selection of smaller work by the Artists and the drop in sessions for kids and their accompanying adults during half term on Wednesday and Thursday 27th and 28th May.

So you see there is something for everyone!

If you are interested in Art and textiles you will love this exhibition.

From Alison White ERTF exhibitions publicity sheep@sheepythings.com