The Machine Embroidery Group (MEG) has worked together with Salisbury Museum to work on this exhibition ‘History Through The Eye of the Needle. Art Embroidery Inspired by Archaeology’. All 14 pieces are inspired by archaeological objects in the Wessex Gallery.
MEG was set up in 2008 by Jenny Rose as a group of experienced machine embroiderers. Initially the group met at Urchfont Manor, and moved to Sarum College, Salisbury, on the closure of Urchfont Manor. The group meets four weekends a year. Members bring their own stitching to work on during the weekend and for discussion with the members. Currently there are 14 members of the group. The members of the group exhibit their work outside MEG, individually and with other groups, many are textile tutors, all produce work that is innovative and of a high standard.
Working together to create pieces for an exhibition has been a long held ambition of MEG. Each member was asked to decide on an artefact, or artefacts, undertake research and give an indication of the finished piece. The completed works are inspired by objects as diverse as the Warminster Jewel, early medieval grave goods, the Amesbury Archer, medieval carvings and beaker pots. The finished pieces are incredibly intricate 3D creations which give a whole range of new insights into the objects in the Wessex Gallery. They are on display in our temporary exhibition case in the gallery until October 2017.