Katie Essam graduated in 2011 from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA Hons in Contemporary Applied Art,
She was struck with a passion for textiles. So having developed her freehand machine embroidery, applique and many other textile techniques, she now combines them to make original, mixed media textile art pieces, inspired by the beauty in everyday objects and vintage.
Katie runs private Freehand Machine Embroidery and Applique Workshops. She especially loves making commissions for my customers, taking an image which is special to them, or a personal photo, of family, pets, and houses, giving them an original, tailored made piece of textile art.
Anthea Godfrey joined us in September 2016 and showed us a film on the life of her mother Margaret Nicholson. It was helpful background and indicated the importance of family to her. Anthea also brought us a lot of Margarets work to see which was stunning and the photographs don’t do justice to the depth of the work.
Jennifer Hughes gave a fascinating talk on the nature of clothing and decoration used by different tribes of the northern region of Thailand. Some of these groups had their derivations in China and others from Burma with their clothing reflecting the ethnic groups from those areas. Jennifer brought so many examples and also showed how to wear them and explained when they would have been worn. Absolutely fascinating and such stunning needlework with both sides of the material just perfect.
Stephen Wright achieved a BA First Class Honours Degree in printed textiles at Liverpool University and an MA in textiles at Manchester University. Stephen showed us the way he uses the discarded objects of everyday life to create mosaics: milk bottle tops, broken dolls, dolls eyeballs, the contents of Christmas crackers, false teeth, pen lids, crockery, and the rich pickings of a car boot sale. Worthless ubiquitous objects are turned into jewels that become an integral part of the stories he tells. His interest is driven by the impromptu aesthetic qualities that they offer. The photograph attached is of a jacket that Stephen made and brought for us to see – needless to say we wanted to take it home!
2016 programme of talks and activities started with James Hunting in February talking about the layers of creative personal interpretation and the inspirations behind his work. The pieces of work that he brought were stunning.
March saw Anne Sillifant talking about her obsession with trees. Really sorry I missed that one and so no photos!
6th May will be Stephen Wright showing us fabrics, stitch and costumes and talking about the House of Dreams Museum – should be good; and the 1st July will be Hilltribe Peoples of Thailand with Jennifer Hughes. More of this later…….