Anne Kelly Stitch Retreat – Drawing From Plants

Learn how to create a laminated folding book using paper and cloth, based on seasonal plants and flowers

The course will provide you with the skills to:

  • Design a simple folding book that is balanced, evocative and captures the theme
  • Create simple prints that can be added into your work
  • Layer your materials appropriately
  • Hand stitch and/or machine stitch your work
  • Laminate

You need to bring:

-Please bring your own sewing machine (if desired), hand stitching kit and any favoured fabric scraps together with photographs or sketches of inspirational plants and flowers. -backing fabric (calico or sheeting) and further lightweight (organza, lace, silk fragments) materials to add into your collage. Pritt stick, tissue paper and fineline pen.

-rubber stamps or printing blocks that suit the theme

-acrylic paints or fabric paints if you have them

and an apron or old shirt.

Some more information about Anne.

Anne is a Kent-based artist, tutor and author who trained in Canada and at Goldsmiths College in London. Her textile work developed alongside her teaching and tutoring. She collects recycled fabric, paper and ephemera and uses collage, stitch, photographicand print processes. Her inspirations are travel, memory and vintage imagery from a variety of sources. These have been described as ‘small worlds’ and her current 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 and she is inspired by naïve and folk art. Collaborations are an important aspect of her work – these were documented in her first book ‘Connected Cloth’. She also produces commissions for private and public individuals and spaces.

Anne teaches and exhibits nationally – working with UK charities and groups including the RSPB. She was artist in residence at Sussex Prairies Garden in 2014. She also teaches and exhibits abroad, as guest tutor and visiting artist in Jersey and a guest artist at the ‘World of Threads Festival’ in Canada. She is exhibiting in Beaujolais in 2016 and is an invited artist at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London, Harrogate and Dublin to launch her second book ‘Textile Nature’ (Batsford 2016). She’s teaching in Australia and New Zealand in 2017 as well as in many venues around the UK. Anne writes for textile art blogs and websites and is listed on the Crafts Council Directory.