Review of 2021

It has been a very challenging year for everyone who is self employed again as events and teaching have been cancelled, postponed and rebooked. I have continued to teach and speak online throughout the year as well as finally honouring commitments from 2020 in person.

‘Europeans’ at Ruthin Craft Centre

The highlight of the year for me has to be my solo exhibition ‘Well Travelled’ at Ruthin Craft Centre. It was very well received and reviewed in Embroidery Magazine by Ellen Bell. My thanks to Director Phillip Hughes and curators Jane Audas and Gregory Parsons. Elements of the exhibition will tour in this country and abroad over the next few years. Watch this space!

‘Well Travelled’ Installation shot, Paul Cameron photo

So many other highlights exhibition – wise this year including as invited artist at ‘Pour l’Amour du Fil’ in Nantes.

my stand at ‘Pour l’Amour du Fil’ photo Christopher Wilson Tate

I also participated in the second exhibition of SEW artists in Rome.

‘Undersea Mobile’ for ‘Surface and Depth’ exhibition in Rome

My teaching took me back to some lovely venues including Cowslip Workshops in Cornwall, where I will be teaching and exhibiting this summer.

Cowslip display

I was also thrilled to be a part of the ‘Ain’t the Archies’ international portrait exhibition in Australia at Timeless Textiles, in really good company. I am having a solo show there ‘Travelled’ later on in 2022.

‘Stay at Home’

My work has been featured in ‘Unravelling Women’s Art’, a new book by P.L. Henderson, recently published. It was great to be a part of the online launch at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

image from the book ‘Stay at Home’ (detail)

It has been great to return to the lovely Hope and Elvis and I am looking forward to my next visit…

Display wall at Hope and Elvis

West Dean College is a very special venue and always attracts interesting students to their wonderful campus. I was there twice this year and will be again next year – listings to follow in the new year.

student work from West Dean

This year I also taught at Loop London and am looking forward to returning next year. They have also been stocking some of my little pieces and books.

Loop London – another lovely window…

I loved visiting Scotland with ‘Wandering Craft Retreats’ and enjoyed working with a very talented group of women.

Wandering Crafts retreat, Scotland

My collaborative work with the fantastic French General continues with a new kit and online course – the ‘Tree of Life’ class was a great success.

kit for French General

was also very pleased to be a part of the Embroiderers Guild NHS thank you project, shown at the Knitting and Stitching Shows, and the Mr. X Stitch Project for the British Textile Biennial shown at Blackburn Cathedral.

my piece for the Embroiderers Guild thanks to the NHS project

Thank you to all the curators, workshop organisers and supporters who have bought my books, my work, seen my exhibitions and attended courses. I hope you and your families have a wonderful 2022,

x Anne

Me and my Toy Dog, shown in Vancouver this year

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.

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