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Folk Tales with Anne Kelly Saturday 5th May 2018

Regular price £75.00

Folk Tales with Anne Kelly

Saturday 5th May 2018 10am - 4pm

Using a variety of found shapes and paper cuts taken from folk and Scandinavian art, you will produce a series of folk influenced printed fabrics in the first half of the session. These will then be overlayed and added to with lace, ribbon and stitch. They can be used or converted into greetings cards, wall hangings or incorporated into a larger piece of work.

Materials will be provided but you it is useful if you bring along some of your own materials* (well-loved textiles, ribbon and lace) to demonstrate how they can be transformed in the workshop. The aim is to assist  in producing easily transportable pieces which can be used in a variety of projects during and after the session. 

Techniques will include printing, embroidery (machine and hand) and various types of textile collage.

Ability level: All levels but should be willing to learn how to use basic sewing machine techniques.

INCLUDED: All materials* and equipment provided a lovely homemade lunch, cake and refreshments to keep you well fuelled through out the day!

Anne Kelly

Anne is an artist, tutor and author living and working in Kent and exhibiting and teaching both in the UK and abroad. She trained in Canada and in the UK at Goldsmiths College, London. She was the recipient of two Greenshields Foundation scholarships. Her Fine Art degree, with printmaking and photography training has developed into her current layered mixed media and recycled textile art.

Anne collects and sources recycled textiles, paper and ephemera using collage and stitch to create both framed and unframed pieces. Her themes include travel, memory and vintage imagery from a variety of sources, taking inspiration from outsider art, naive and folk art and textiles. Her work has been described as like ‘small worlds’ and started life as mainly botanical in subject matter before developing into her current larger, more narrative works. Often it can be a small scrap or remnant of fabric that inspires a whole piece.

Anne exhibits widely in the South East of the UK, and organizes charity and group exhibitions for her local open studio organisation each year. She currently has work touring in Germany and Eastern Europe and has exhibited and sold work in Canada and the US. Anne has connected her exhibiting and travelling work with her teaching practice. She set up an award winning textile department in Kent, has recently taught at Bath University and conducted workshops in Canada in collaboration with an historic textile mill.


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