Textiles is an art form unlike any other. Like traditional artists, embroiderers use colour and form as a base but an entirely new layer of design comes into play when stitches are added. As the thread travels across the surface, stitches create paths which can direct the viewwer's eye, create a focal point, draw or deflect attention from a particular element and create a texture that is at once visual and physical. By using techniques as diverse as mixed media, felting, machine and hand stitching (to name a few), the artists produce unique and high quality pieces which can add another dimension.
Capability Brown's style derived from the two practical principles of comfort and elegance. On the one hand, a determination that everything should work, that a landscape should provide for every need of the great house. On the other, landscapes had to cohere and look elegant. As the first ever celebration of Brown's work, the Capability Brown Festival 2016 brought together a huge range of events and the Embroiderers' Guild was delighted to be a Festival Partner and contribute to the celebrations with a series of unique textile exhibitions at venues across the country. Using the landscape and gardens as their inspiration, members interpreted these using fabric and thread to create unique pieces of work. The 46 exhibitions attracted large numbers of visitors, in many cases attracting people to see the embroideries, who then discovered the wonderful Capability Brown landscapes.
The Embroiderers' Guild was originally formed in 1906 by a group of 16 ladies with the primary aim of maintaining high standards of embroidery. Today over 100 years later, the Embroiderers' Guild welcomes everyone with an interest in any area of embroidery and they continue to promote high quality work and design. Textile art now embraces the world of mixed media, print making and dyeing with rust, amongst others. The Guild undertakes and supports research into embroidery and past crafts and holds a renowned collection of fine examples of embroidery and costume which we display as widely and often as possible.
Don't miss the upcoming opportunity to see the Embroiderers' Guild's latest exhibition "A Stitched Legacy", a display of unique and specially created textile work based around the typically English scene of landscape and stately gardens. The exhibition is on show in the Carriage House Restaurant at Chatsworth, Derbyshire, located in the beautiful 18th century stable block designed by James Paine (whose tercentenary is celebrated in 2017).
"A Stitched Legacy" - Carriage House Restaurant at Chatsworth, Derbyshire from 1st February - 10th May 2017. For more information please visit their website www.chatsworth.org
About the Author: Alex Messenger, The Embroiderers' Guild
Following the exhibition by Embroiderers' Guild members at Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, a tree was planted in the Stansted Forest to commemorate the Embroiderers' Guild Capability Brown Exhibition. All the trees donated to Stansted Park are recorded in the "Tree Book" which is housed in a glass cabinet in the house for all to see this permanent record.
Perhaps the tree will have grown sufficiently to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Capability Brown. It's got a bit of a way to go!
Here is some of the work by our members that was on display at Stansted Park
|Autumn Log by Julia Little||View towards Blenheim by Valerie House|
|Autumn Folly by Carol Winter||Stansted Park Bridge by Jean Rook|
2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot "Capability" Brown, a designer who changed the national landscape and created a style which has shaped people's picture of the quintessential English countryside.
Brown's style derived from the two practical principles of comfort and elegance. On the one hand, a determination that everything should work, that a landscape should provide for every need of the great house. On the other, landscapes to cohere and look elegant. While his designs have great variety, they also appear seamless, confusing the eye into believing that different pieces of parkland, though managed and stocked quite differently, are one. His expansive lakes, at different levels and apparently unconnected, formed a single body of water as if a river through the landscape, which like the parkland itself, ran on indefinitely. The images Brown created are a deeply embedded in the English character as the paintings of Turner and the poetry of Wordsworth.
As the first ever celebration of Brown's work, the Capability Brown Festival brings together a huge range of events. The Embroiderers' Guild is delighted to be a Festival Partner and is contributing to the celebrations with a series of unique textile exhibitions at venues across the country throughout 2016.
The Embroiderers' Guild welcomes everyone with an interest in any area of embroidery and we are proud to be recognised as a voice for raising the profile of textile and stitched art. Members of all ages around the country are involved at whatever level they choose in meeting regularly to listen to speakers, attend workshops, learn new skills or build on existing ones and participate in local, regional and national projects. You can participate in any area of interest at any level, whether learning to stitch or build your skills, a professional artist or someone who simply appreciates fabric and thread.
We would be delighted to welcome you as an individual or branch member. Click on this link to find out more.
Visit the Capability Brown Organisation website for their article on the Embroiderers' Guild exhibitions - click on this link to take you there
For all the latest news from the Capability Brown Festival please go to their website http://www.capabilitybrown.org/. Here you will find details of a variety of events including "Capabili-Tea", and "From Russia with Love" - an exhibition at Hampton Court Palace of the artwork of John Spyers.
There is also a video praising Capability Brown's landscapes by Prince Charles. This was filmed to promote English Tourism Week led by Visit England, who have named 2016 as "The Year of the English Garden". To view the video please click on this link http://www.capabilitybrown.org/news/prince-charles-praises-capability-brown-new-video