Anne Kelly

A brief biography


Anne was born and

educated in Canada

and at Goldsmiths College in London. She collects recycled fabric, paper and ephemera using collage, stitch and print techniques. Her inspirations are travel, memory and vintage imagery from a variety of sources. Anne’s layered mixed media work started life as mainly botanical in subject matter before developing into larger more narrative works. Often it can be a small scrap or remnant of fabric that inspires a whole piece...


She teaches and exhibits widely in the UK and abroad, including at the World of Threads festival in Canada, the Prague Patchwork Meeting and the Jersey Textile Showcase. Recently she was an invited artist at textile shows in Beaujolais, the Luberon and the Autumn and Spring Knitting and Stitching Shows. Anne writes for magazine and websites and blogs. She co-authored her first book ‘Connected Cloth’ (2013) and is the author of ‘Textile Nature’ and ‘Textile Folk Art’, all Batsford Books. She has work in national and international collections and is on the Crafts Council Makers Directory.

Folk Tales with Anne Kelly     

Thursday October 18th to Thursday October 25th 2018



Fabric collages and cloth books are wonderful ways to treasure special memories. Using universal primitive folk motifs, you will interpret your own design to create a unique wall-hanging piece of textile art together with a ‘pocket’ cloth and paper book. Inspired by the principal techniques covered in Anne’s new book ‘Textile Folk Art’ and using birds, plants and insects, your pieces will be richly embellished and decorated. We will work with a mixture of current and vintage fabrics and participants will be asked to collect and look for suitable well-loved textiles, ribbon and lace that hold special memories.

We will explore a range of stitching, both by hand and machine, to structure and embellish our work. Lamination and fabric/paper collage will feature as a ‘side project’. Soaking up the French atmosphere and buying treasures at local brocantes and flea markets will add a unique and personalized element to your work.


Materials and techniques covered:

• Designing and interpreting folk themes for making textile art including stenciling and block printing

• Exploring vintage and found materials to inspire and add character to your work

• Collage and lamination techniques using vintage textiles and papers

• Embroidery techniques, free motion and hand stitching

• Adding ‘local interest’ by visiting and recording inspiration from markets and brocante

• Making a ‘folding book’ as a side project


Day 1 Arrive Today

Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! Anne will display some samples of her work, books and chat with you about her work and practice.


Day 2 Folk Art Motifs

During your first day you will learn how to use universal folk art motifs to design and make your hanging. We will start by having a fun session making, printing and stenciling our chosen themes onto fabric.


Day 3 Textile Collage

Today we will be learning about textile collage and combining our newly printed fabrics with reclaimed and vintage pieces, adding texture, colour and structure to our pieces. Some stitching will be added,

Day 4 Outing

This morning will be an outing to the local flea market where we’ll be on the lookout for treasures. A great opportunity to find small bits & pieces to include in our work. Back in the studio we will have a ‘show & tell’ of our market finds and continue joining our working.


Day 5 Wall Hanging

Today we will be completing the main elements of our hanging and adding embellishment, including decorative pieces of embroidery and ribbons etc.


Day 6 Outing

Today there will be an outing to a local attraction of your choice and whilst out we should look to find inspiration for our small folding books,! The studio will be open after your return for you to continue your project.


Day 7 Folding Book

Making a small folding book using paper/textile lamination and stitching techniques


Day 8 Loose Ends

Today we will say our goodbyes and 'tie up any loose ends'. Most flights are later in the afternoon so the studio will be open for you to use all morning followed by lunch before you leave.



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