- 1980-c 1999 (Creation)
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In 1980 two former Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art students Pauline Hann and Angela Taylor organised a meeting of approximately 40 former students to discuss the lack of facilities in Scotland to exhibit contemporary embroidery. As a result of the meeting 'Embryo - Dundee Creative Embroiderers' was formed. In order to promote the highest standards of embroidery, membership was restricted to graduates and undergraduates of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.
The group promoted their art through numerous exhibitions in Scotland and England, notably at Hampton Court Palace. The group also collaborated with similar groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh on projects such as a new banner for Nuclear Disarmament and the highly successful 'Three Strands' exhibition.
In 1989 the group altered its name to 'Embryo - Dundee Textile Artists'. As the new Millennium approached the three main Scottish Textile Art groups - Embryo, One, 6, 7 from Glasgow and Edinburgh's SETA - decided to amalgamate into one large group and 'Edge - Textile Artists Scotland' was formed. (http://www.edge-textileartists-scotland.com/). The name 'Edge' consists of the first letters of Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and the word 'embroidery'.
As well as the 'Three Strands' exhibition Embryo's other major exhibitions included 'Discover Embryo', 'State of the Art', 'Parallel Threads', and 'Stitchin' Time'. In 2000 'To Boldly Sew' was the first exhibition in which the former Embryo members took part in as members of Edge.
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