Anne is a renowned UK textile artist, author and tutor. She has written three books for Batsford Press. She has contributed to a number of other books and publications and been the feature artist in various textile publications in the UK and abroad - a sample shown below. She writes for blogs and magazines and can be contacted through this site. 


A practical and inspirational guide to textile folk art from cultures all around the world, accompanied by step-by-step projects.

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. In this book, Anne Kelly explores the traditional motifs used in textile folk art and shows you how contemporary textile artists use these in their work today. The beautifully illustrated guide is also packed with helpful step-by-step projects that demonstrate how to apply folk motifs to your own work. 

This practical collection demonstrates how working with outside spaces can help you develop both small pieces and large installations, with step-by-step demonstrations and featured work from internationally renowned textile artists and collaborative groups. 

"Found textiles are at the heart of Anne's work; driven not by a sense of ecological warriorship or thrift, but by a more emotional and creative drive to save, incorporate and honour these fragile survivors of times past; whether vintage or more recent. " copyright Deena Beverley



 A practical and inspirational guide to setting up and sustaining group textile-art projects, from simple collaborations between friends to ambitious community projects and ongoing 'sewing circles'

The idea of group projects in textile art is nothing new - ladies' sewing circles have been around for centuries, and quilters often work together on projects such as 'story quilts'. But recently the trend seems to have increased in popularity even more - textile artists regularly get together to share ideas and work sociably, from simple one-to-one collaborations with friends to ambitious community projects and ongoing textile-art groups.

More recent interviews:

  Italian 'Dyeing House Blog' interview here

Fibre Arts Australia interview here

'World of Threads Festival' weekly fibre artist interviews here

'Kent Life' featured artist (January 2015) here  

Past publications: 

'Shedworking' blog 2008 Shedworking article



'Embroidery' Magazine - 
Review of  two person 'Natural Histories' touring exhibition, by Brenda Parsons

'...the intimacy of the close up view of nature in Anne Kelly's framed wall pieces brought the viewer almost nose to flower...Her heavier and richer layered embroideries are made up of many types of fabric including recycled lace, string, vintage images and found ephemera. These pieces evoke a feel of memory and place. 
Anne Kelly's work brought to the fore a contemporary take on traditional textiles'




BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine,'Collected Finds', photographs by Rachel Whiting and article by Heather Gratton

 'Anne's studio is a repository for vintage fabrics, sewing items and the same way as she uses scraps of old fabrics and ephemera to fashion beautiful artworks'...



Interview with Janis Haves, Loverslights Gallery,

1) What sustains your creativity and what hinders it?

 I am constantly looking for new sources of inspiration - my work is inspired by botanical, narrative and geographical themes. Vintage fabrics and findings help to create my pieces. Being tired and too busy hinder it! I recently went to Taiwan and found the markets there very inspiring...

2) How do you develop new ideas for work - what processes do you go through?

I keep scrap/sketchbooks of inspirational drawings and fragments of cloth. I also use digital methods and processes and take lots of photographs. I use sketchbooks to document work as it progresses

3) What does inspiration or being inspired mean to you and how important is 'inspiration' vs the idea of 'work'.

The two are inseparable, but sometimes one takes over - in my view they are both necessary components of the creative process. The artists I admire most work on some aspect of their craft every day.

4) What are your methods of dealing with a lull in the flow of new ideas.

I like to have several projects to work on at any one time, and work between them. Currently I am co-authoring a book, and there is always work to do on that! I often 'cut up' pieces that aren't progressing and reshape them into something else. A recent piece 'Cuttings' is made up of pieces from previous work.

5) What led you to being an artist - was it always with you or was there a moment when things became clear that this was your path.

I was constantly making things from the time I was a small child, so the art school training process seemed a natural progression. I don't think you are ever 'finished' as an artist - you need to keep learning as you go, otherwise your work becomes stale.

6) How does being an artist inform the rest of your life?

I teach and mentor artists, organize exhibitions and am working on two publications based on my work at the moment - so it is inextricable. I enjoy working with other artists and the feedback from them is mutually beneficial.




On the web: (please click bold titles for links)

'Anne Kelly - Textiles in the Garden' 

'Birds in Art and Textile Art' - 'Workshop on the Web' 

'Folding Books' and 'Postal Art' 'Workshop on the Web', October and December 2013'

'Hanging and Displaying Textile Art' website October 2013 

Interview on 'Textile Artist' website 

Review of 'Small Worlds' exhibition