Summer Spaces

photo Alun Callender

I was delighted to be photographed in my studio by renowned photographer Alun Callender in March, and very pleased that some of the shoot is featured in the current edition of ‘Embroidery’ magazine. The interview is about my practice and current events.

‘Making Meaning’ in Embroidery Magazine, May/June 2022
Photos from the new Amelia Scott cultural hub in Tunbridge Wells

I have been teaching a very successful and oversubscribed series of courses online through Kent Adult Education during the last two years. I’m excited to be back in person for the month of May at the new Amelia Scott Centre in Tunbridge Wells which opens this week. Well worth a visit.

‘Home Table Still Life’ at St Barbe Museum

Also opening this week – The St Barbe Open, in Lymington. I have a piece of work in the show, which is on until June 4th.

Court House Farm

I was down in the South West over Easter and was able to visit the lovely Court House Farm. I am giving a ‘Folk Garden’ retreat full of special events from 13 – 18 June. There are spaces available, booking through their website.

Closer to home, I am at the beautiful Bell Inn in Ticehurst, East Sussex, with Curious House Courses on May 9th, a few spaces available, book online.

‘Stitchbooks’

I’m back at the wonderful West Dean College in May from 22-24 for ‘Stitchbooks’ – there are some places remaining. You can book online.

Pet portrait

There are a few spaces available at the fantastic Hope and Elvis on 28 and 29 May on my new Pet Portraits course.

There are a very few spaces available on the amazing French General Retreat that I am tutoring on in France from 1-8 June, book online.

I’m looking forward to tutoring and exhibiting at the beautiful Cowslip Workshops in Cornwall. My ‘Birds’ course is sold out but there are spaces on ‘A New England Barn’ on 27 August.

Maharini Gardens

There is an exciting trip to India planned with Bespoke India from 31st October to 17 November 2022. The brochure and details are on my workshop page.

More Spring News

I have just finished a lovely two week course with the textile.artist.org/stitchclub. ‘Inspiration Boards’ proved popular – here is mine based on Italian journeys.

Italian Landscape

As I write this the clocks have just gone forward and life continues, despite a terrible war in Ukraine and some turmoil here in the UK too. I was delighted to have raised almost £ 500 for Ukraine crisis charities through online auctions and sales from my website. I continue to send 10% of sales through it to the British Red Cross Ukraine appeal until the end of March.

Batsford Prize Judges

I am pleased to be a judge for the wonderful Batsford Prize again this year. UK based students can apply now in your subject catgeory.

I’m delighted to be included in a lovely new book ‘Finding Your Thread’ published by Anne Kempton at Timeless Textiles Gallery in Newcastle, Australia. I’m also in the exhibition by the same name, on until 17 April. The book is beautifully illustrated, insightful and contains work by twenty international and invited artists.

I was really fortunate to have my portrait and studio shot by the amazing photographer Alun Callender recently. A selection of the photos will be appearing in print later in the year, more information to follow.

Recently a very few spaces on the previously sold out French General France Getaway from 1- 8 June this summer have become available. It’s a fantastic week of creativity, exploration and amazing food in a beautiful corner of southern France. You can see all the details on their website here.

I’m pleased to have a project in the current edition of ‘Simply Vintage‘ magazine. The ‘Lace Bird’ hoop project is included in this practical publication.

Spring 2022

‘Sophie’s Passport’ private collection, Australia

I write this with the current war in Ukraine dominating the news. My thoughts are with Ukranians, their relatives and friends, wherever they may be. Watching women and children fleeing on trains echoes and resonates with my family history. My father was nine when he and his brother were put on a train to London, fleeing the Nazi regime in Germany. The picture above is a folding book about my grandmother Sophie, and was made using a copy of her passport.

‘Europeans’

‘Europeans’, which was shown at my solo exhibition ‘Well Travelled’ at Ruthin Craft Centre last summer, is a composite piece repurposing the dresses I made to commemorate the lost women of my father’s family, originally exhibited at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in 2018. I made a new map of Europe and combined portraits of my family and words connecting us with travel, migration and belonging.

works from my online shop

I am donating 10% of all sales from my online shop this month to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Lace Flower Houses

I gave another workshop at Loop London last weekend on folk art, a very talented and hard working group. I also dropped off some new work (Lace Flower Houses) for sale in store and on their website.

work from ‘Folk Art Sampler’ course

I was pleased to see my course ‘House and Home’ at Curious House Courses in May in the current edition of Embroidery Magazine – places are available.

from ‘Embroidery Magazine’ current edition

You can see a current list of all of my courses, residential and one day, with spaces, on my dedicated workshops page on this website.

‘A Folk House’ private collection

I have also been giving talks in person and online – it is great to connect with groups new and old again – you can contact me directly if you are interested in booking a talk or workshop.

display for talk

I was fortunate to see the wonderful Louise Bourgeois exhibition ‘The Woven Child’ at the Hayward Gallery in London recently. I thought I had seen much of her textile work in person or in books, but there were new surprises…

photos of work by Louise Bourgeois’ work at Hayward Gallery

Whilst I was at the exhibition, I was pleased to see copies of ‘Unravelling Womens Art’ at the Hayward Gallery shop, as well as titles by Batsford authors too.

I’m delighted to be included in another book and exhibition organised by the wonderful Timeless Textiles, in Newcastle, Australia. ‘Finding Your Thread’ is a collection of contributors to the gallery over its past ten years. You can preorder it and attend a book launch, details here.

new book ‘Finding Your Thread’

I am also exhibiting there again in the summer, a portion of my ‘Well Travelled’ show in an exhibition called ‘Travelled and Wednesday Makers Group’ – very exciting.

‘Pacific Swift’ in ‘Finding Your Thread’ exhibition

Travels in Textiles

My book ‘Textile Travels’ is still proving popular and it is great to see it on sale in my travels around the UK – as here in London:

I am also delighted to be featured in the new edition of Maggie Grey’s WOW Book 8. It is called ‘Well Travelled’ after my exhibition of the same name last year at the Ruthin Craft Centre.

Samantha Packer and Michael Wicks did an excellent job of the interview and photographs in this twelve page feature.

I’m happy to see my work travelling again too. I’m in a group exhibition in Brisbane ‘One Red Thread’, organised by Berry Quilting Retreat.

I’m working on new pieces for a show at Timeless Textiles in Australia in the summer. I was gifted this map of Australia tablecloth and have added postcards from my last visit there in 2019.

I have also been working with some new workshop venues which will appear on my workshops page soon. I am looking forward to travelling to France in the summer with French General and Les Soeurs Anglaises. The French General workshop is full but there are a few spaces remaining with Les Soeurs – it looks like a wonderful venue:

Very exciting news ! I am working with a new company – Bespoke India Travel on a visit to India in November 2022. I have put the brochure below as well some snaps from previous visits. The company has many years of experience with Indian voyages and are fully bonded with the Travel Trust Association and ABTA.

some photos to whet your appetite

Of course all travel is subject to restrictions and it is a good idea to check with your provider before making final arrangements.

A bit closer to home, there are two spaces left on my ‘Folk Art Sampler’ course at Loop London on the 26th February.

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

2022 Courses and Christmas!

I know how much my course participants have enjoyed getting back to working together’ in real life’ this year – it has been so good for everyone’s creative health and well being. A course is a wonderful gift and opportunity for a friend or loved one and I like to support small businesses and makers especially after the past two years. I am featuring my courses here that have spaces available – with examples of my work and student work on the theme. You can click on the highlighted links for a fuller description and to book your space.

Sea themed work

Atelier Beside the Sea, Brighton, ‘A Vintage Coastal Scene’, 6 February 1 day

student work
Folk Art House

Loop London, ‘A Folk Art Sampler’, 26 February 1 day

student work
White Dress and House

Curious House Courses, Ticehurst, East Sussex , ‘House and Home’, May 9th 1 day

student work

Alexandra Waylett, Essex, ‘A Vintage Garden Folding Book’ ,21 June 1 day

student work
Blue Haberdashery Box

Les Soeurs Anglaises, France, ‘Moving Memories in Mixed Media’, 6-12 July, 6 days

student work
Map tin

Bath Textiles Summer School, ‘Mapping Your Travels’ , 25-26 August, 2 days

student work
White Dress – Farm Animals

Cowslip Workshops, Launceston, ‘A New England Barn’, 27 August and ‘Birds’, 28 August – 2 one day courses

student work
Folk Tree

Sussex Prairie Garden, Henfield, ‘The Autumn Garden’, 15 and 16 September 2 half days, book directly with me.

student work

Homemade Christmas gifts are always special and I have some suggestions:

My ‘Red Houses’ at Loop London and there are still a few of my badges left too…

Folk Fragments

New ‘Folk Fragments’ embroidery panels, (shown here worked) from my online shop where you can also browse some originals:

‘Folk Bird Tree’

I am continuing to donate 10% of my sales of this book to my local foodbank.

Wishing you and your family and friends a happy safe and healthy Christmas

x Anne

Recent Exhibitions

Several exhibitions that I have been featured in finish today. It is always a joy to see your work in group shows even if one is not able to visit. I have written extensively about group exhibitions in my first (co-written with Cas Holmes) book ‘Connected Cloth’ in 2014. It has been reprinted several times.

I was delighted to have a small piece as part of the British Textile Biennial and Mr. X Stitch ‘s ‘Stitch your Story’ installation at Blackburn Cathedral:

‘From Canada to Kent’

‘Stitch Your Story’ installation at Blackburn Cathedral

I was also pleased to be a selected artist for ‘Beautiful Mess’ at the Fibre Works Gallery in British Columbia, near Vancouver, Canada. My piece ‘Me and my Toy Dog’ was a ‘happy accident’ made from scraps and leftover pieces of coated paper and textile found in my studio:

‘Me and my Toy Dog’

‘Undersea Mobile’ is a five hoop piece attached to a hanger, all made from recycled and found materials, selected for the 2nd Society for Embroidered Work exhibition in Rome ‘Surface and Depth‘ at the Palazzo Velli Expo. The exhibition looked wonderful and my thanks to Cat Frampton and the organising and hanging team. The video below is courtesy of Ailish Henderson.

‘Undersea Mobile’
video installation

I’m currently preparing for some in person workshops in November. Most are sold out but there are places on ‘Moving Memories’; with the ‘Creative Southwest’ textile group on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5th December 10 – 4 at Butterleigh Village Hall near Cullumpton, Devon. You can message them here for more information.

‘Moving Memories’ student work

I’m currently updating my workshops list for 2022 and further exhibition news which you can find here, as it is added.

‘Stay at Home’

‘Stay at Home’ is currently on display at the wonderful Timeless Textiles gallery in Australia – the exhibition ‘It Ain’t the Archies’ continues until 5 December.

You can watch a video of me discussing my piece here:

Nantes Magic

I was honoured to be an invited guest at the wonderful ‘Pour l’Amour du Fil’ in Nantes last week. It had been rescheduled three times but was well worth it and I really enjoyed my visit to France.

I was fortunate to have a stand which was near the entrance and many visitors came for a look and a chat. I also taught four workshops there which was a great opportunity for me to practice my French!

my stand

It was also lovely to catch up with other artists and makers – Jo Colwill’s stand looked great, and it was lovely to meet Cecile Franconie, Alison Glass and Christopher Wilson Tate, amongst others.

People are what make any event special and I was really touched to meet visitors who had visited my shows at Quilt en Beaujolais and Aiguilles en Luberon.

It was also heartening to meet these ladies from Norfolk, and Margaret Seaman, aged 92, who knitted Sandringham for NHS charities.

I am very grateful to Carol Veillon and her team at Quiltmania for the invitation and all of their hard work. They have also produced a beautiful article on my practice in ‘Simply Vintage’, current issue no. 40 available in English and French.

Recent Workshops

recent small pieces

I’ve been busy recently fulfilling rescheduled commitments and working with new groups. I made some small pieces for sale at these events and for my forthcoming trip to Nantes and ‘Pour l’Amour du Fil’.

My display at Hope and Elvis

It was a complete joy to return to the lovely Hope and Elvis for a two day workshop recently. Enthusiastic students, gorgeous food and a beautifully revamped studio – what is not to like? My thanks to Louise, Magie and Ruth for the warmest of welcomes and making me feel at home. I will be back!!

Me teaching courtesy Hope and Elvis
Students work in progress over two days
Sussex Prairies Garden
work from ‘Making a Garden Sketchbook Cover’ course

Also wonderful to return to Sussex Prairies Garden for my second of two one day classes this year. A very hard working and talented group and they enjoyed the late summer sunshine in this stunning location with a picnic lunch. Planning some new courses and revisiting others next year.

Glencoe, Highlands
Stromeferry (no ferry!) near Skye

I travelled directly from Sussex to Scotland almost two weeks ago to be a visiting tutor at Wandering Crafts Retreats which is run by the lovely Jane Bumar and Summer Kiser. It was a gorgeous setting in the Scottish Highlands and we were blessed with amazing weather. I gave two short sessions with kits provided and enjoyed the company, landscape and delicious food. These ladies have big plans so watch their website for updates as places are selling out fast.

one of my kits ‘Scottish Postcard’
Some inspiration…
My display at our base in Stromeferry

There are limited spaces available for courses listed on my ‘News’ page ….

I hope to see you there!

Folk Garden 6

A very exciting event in two weeks’ time at Loop London – for London Craft Festival – a book signing/meet the artist and pop up shop on Friday 8th October from 4 – 5:30, ahead of my weekend workshops – watch their blog and website for details.

Autumn has Arrived

‘Corali’

The weather certainly feels autumnal at the moment and I was lucky to get away for a coastal break recently. I’m teaching ‘A Vintage Coastal Scene’ at a lovely new venue in Brighton ‘Atelier Beside the Sea’.

holiday snap

Another lovely course to sign up for is ‘Moving Memories’ at Les Soeurs Anglaises in France next summer from 6 – 12 July. Limited spaces …

I was delighted to have sold several pieces of work during my exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre including some sailboats. I have just made some new pieces for forthcoming workshops at Hope and Elvis, Sussex Prairies and in Scotland.

new work for courses

On the exhibition front, I am delighted to have work in four international exhibitions over the next few months. ‘Ain’t the Archies’ continues at Timeless Textiles in Australia, ‘A Beautiful Mess’ starts in Vancouver, Canada, ‘Undersea Mobile’ will travel to Rome with SEW and I will be guest artist in Nantes at Pour l’Amour du Fil at the end of September, all being well.

Me and my Toy Dog Fibreworks Gallery, Canada

I am also very pleased that my exhibition at Ruthin receives a wonderful review by Ellen Bell in the current issue of ‘Embroidery’ magazine.

‘Embroidery’ current issue

I was happy to receive the latest reprint of ‘Textile Nature’ , which is five years old this year!

In the book is my hospital commission, still up in the multi faith centre at Tunbridge Wells Hospital ‘William Morris Trees’.

‘William Morris Trees’

I am working on several new and exciting projects, which I will share in due course. It is great to be travelling even in a limited way again and to see ‘Textile Travels’ also being reprinted.

Travel collage

In the meantime you can browse my courses with spaces and buy work from my online shop on this blog.

‘Summer Camp Bird’