Anne Kelly

Textile artist Anne Kelly photographed by Alun Callender

Anne Kelly makes work that draws on many aspects of her life. She layers, patches, embroiders and stitches stories. Her work is complex in method but her finished pieces have clarity and are delivered in an accomplished yet accessible aesthetic.

Jane Audas

Anne is an award winning Canadian born, UK based artist, author and tutor. Her multilayered and densely stitched textiles have been likened to ‘small worlds’. Trained in Canada and at Goldsmiths College in London, she creates wall hangings and objects using a mixture of mixed media collage and hand and machine embroidery. Her teaching and gallery work take her around the UK and abroad. For current exhibitions and events see her News page. Workshops with spaces in the UK and abroad are listed here.

Major solo exhibition- ‘Well Travelled’ – Ruthin Craft Centre

Exhibition at the Harley Gallery January – March 2023

‘Well Travelled’ was a delight to behold.

Ellen Bell, ‘Embroidery’ magazine exhibition review
Invited artist ‘Pour l’Amour du Fil’ , Nantes, France

Found textiles are at the heart of Anne’s work

a more emotional and creative drive to save, incorporate and honour these fragile survivors…

Deena Beverley
Anne Kelly studio by Alun Callender photography

Anne’s four books for Batsford connect her practice with her teaching and project work. Her fifth title, ‘Textile Portraits’ is due out in 2023. She exhibits in solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally and has been artist in residence in a beautiful garden in Sussex and a hilltop village in Italy.

Anne designs printed embroidery templates and kits in collaboration with the wonderful people at Loop London and French General in California.

She is a member of the Embroiderers Guild UK, the Crafts Council Directory the Society for Embroidered Work and the European Textile Network.

To contact Anne please use the form on this site.

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