Thursday, 15 July 2010

Vision East

It's been a bit quiet on this blog of late but I have been busy stitching as you will see.

Last Saturday was the Embroiderers' Guild Eastern Regional Day at Letchworth and you could have knocked me down with a feather when I was given this!




It took a big nudge from Dilys, our Branch Chair, before I realised they'd called out my name and to get me out of my seat to receive my certificate from Anthea Godfrey, judge and national EG Chair, and have my photo taken.

The full title of the competition was "Vision East - from Aldeburgh to the Orient - any dream will do" so I put my thinking cap on and came up with my entry entitled "East London Vision" which you can see below.




It's a double layered wall hanging 80cms by 40 cms - the upper, free floating,'dreamy' layer is made of hand dyed, appliqued and embroidered silk chiffon and is based on a map of the Olympic park in East London - the vision of the British team who were successful in getting the Olympic bid awarded to London for 2012. The under layer is the part of the Lee Valley where the Olympic park is situated and is hand embroidered on 'fabric' constructed from free machine embroidered layers of torn, hand dyed scrim, fibres and threads on sticky water soluble film. The 'medals' represent the hopes held by all the athletes of winning a medal there.

Here are a couple of close ups:-






Not only did I get a certificate, but all these as well:-



I still haven't got over the shock .......

3 comments:

Barry said...

Very good, Amanda, well done!

By coincidence, I was in Stratford last night, and I saw the progress with the Olympic Park: big stuff.

I was there to go to a John Adams sort-of-opera-musical, at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which is an amazing, well preserved 1907 music hall theatre. It was very good.

Unfortunately, the area all around there seems very deprived (and depressing), but of course regeneration is part of the point of the Olympic development.

Do you realise how close Letchworth is to where we live in Royston?

All the best,
Barry

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Congratulations! I hope you will be entering again next year when, it is my Branch's turn to host it.

Gina said...

Congratulations Amanda. It is a lovely piece of work.