Telling Tales

Artist and author Anne Kelly will be discussing her inspiration for her book Textile Folk Art in a talk on the 18 July. Taking place at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, the talk will also cover Anne's unique and inspiring interpretation of folk and naive art in cloth.

From samplers and quilts in Europe to tribal and nomadic cloth further afield in Mongolia and China, folk and traditional designs have played a crucial part in the development of textile art and craft. Anne Kelly explores the traditional motifs used in textile folk art and shows how contemporary textile artists use these in their work today.

Anne believes in re-purposing vintage and discarded textiles and uses techniques to collage and enhance these pieces of work in her practice and teaching. She teaches all over the UK and internationally, including leading visits to India and teaching tours in Australia and New Zealand. 

Textile Folk Art, published by Batsford, is a beautifully illustrated guide of textile folk art from cultures all around the world and is also packed with helpful step-by-step projects that demonstrate how to apply folk motifs to your own work.

Anne Kelly is also giving a workshop on the 14 September at the Artworkers  Guild. Using folk art motifs as inspiration, the aim is to produce a central image and a border of small block printed fabrics. These will then be collaged and added to with lace, ribbon and stitch. For more information and to book your place, click here.

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