Anne Kelly British

‘Isolated Observations’ – Anne Kelly


Anne has made four portraits collaged with background objects taken from family members’ stories of dreams and home. The intensity of our shared experiences of being in ‘lockdown’ are carrying through to our subconscious and dream life. This series of work is painted on fabric with casein tempera, machine and hand stitched on top. The portraits were made on vintage quilt pieces which also relate to the dream theme.


Anne says: ‘I love to honour and repurpose old textiles, using hand and machine embroidery, vintage thread and string to add texture and character. My work has been described as 'small worlds' trapping and preserving pieces of embroidery and objects within it. I use a ‘netting- like’ machine embroidery stitch over the whole surface of the work. I further embellish it with hand stitching.’


Anne is an award winning textile artist, author and tutor based in the UK, exhibiting and teaching internationally. Her four books for Batsford Press represent her project and collaborative work. Her heavily embroidered fabric collages are reminiscent of tapestry and her signature stitching technique is applied to a variety of surfaces. 


Anne’s work is represented in private and public collections in the UK and abroad. Her third book  ‘Textile Folk Art” was published in 2018 and links her continued interests in working with groups, nature conservation and folk art. Her fourth book ‘Textile Travels’ is due out in October 2020. She is working towards a major solo exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre in 2021.