The Longest Month

January always seems the longest month, but more so this year as the UK continues its third lockdown. Happily my online teaching has resumed and my Kent Adult Education students from all over the UK are continuing to make work on our ‘Nature Stitchbook’ course. There are a few spaces available on the next series of classes which begin in April. Details here.

my Shed Studio

I’m continuing also to give studio talks and workshops online – it is an absolute pleasure to share my work and practice in this way. Next weekend I am teaching a class for West Dean College and looking forward to it. Contact me through this website if you are interested in booking a talk or course for your group or guild.

My daily park walk

I also continue to enjoy walks near home – I am fortunate to live in West Kent, which borders on East Sussex and has many beautiful places to visit within walking distance. I have been working on a series of folding books inspired by local walks, for my forthcoming exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre, later on this year, all being well.

Park Walk folding books, detail

I was given a lovely sketchbook as a Christmas gift from my son and his wife, and have been keeping daily drawings of domestic life, as a record of this unsettling time and a way through to realising potential new starting points.

Home sktetches
Sketchbooks sold online

I’ve been heartened by the response to a collaboration with my daughter Ruth Fox @ruth_fox_stitch on Instagram, making some pieces using cross stitch elements with fabric collage. I continue to sell work through my online shop , and am happy to ship internationally. 10% of sales go to my local foodbank.

Bird Postcards from my shop
Photographing work

The documentation and writing of work always takes much time and continues all year round. I’ve been revisiting older pieces and making new work for a variety of venues – you can see my forthcoming news and events here.

a detail from ‘European Waters’, new work

Finally I was delighted to hear this week that Batsford Books is reprinting ‘Textile Travels’, first published in October 2020. Thank you to everyone who has purchased and enjoyed a copy.

Published by Anne Kelly

Artist, author and tutor based in the UK. I exhibit and teach nationally and internationally. Member of Embroiderers Guild UK, Crafts Council Directory and Society for Embroidered Work. www.annekellytextiles.com

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