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“Layered” is the descriptor that comes to mind for me when viewing Anne Kelly’s textile art.

ak1This is part of the intro on her website:

‘ANNE IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE COMMONPLACE AND EVERYDAY ASPECT OF THESE TEXTILES AND USES THEM WITH ORIGINALITY TO CREATE A SEAMLESS BUT COMPLETELY CHANGED NEW FABRIC. SHE CHOOSES OLD TABLECLOTHS, SAMPLERS, PRINTED CANVAS THAT HAS BEEN STITCHED AND ANY FRAGMENT OF EMBROIDERY THAT MAY FIT IN. SHE HAS ALSO USED AMONGST OTHER ITEMS – DOLLS’ CLOTHING, SECOND HAND GARMENTS AND HEADWEAR AS BACKGROUNDS OR FOCAL POINTS IN HER WORK. THESE SEEMINGLY INCONGRUOUS AND RANDOM ITEMS ARE ABSORBED INTO THE FINAL PIECE USING HEAVY STITCHING. THEY ARE THEN OVERSTITCHED WITH HAND AND MACHINE EMBROIDERY. THE ACTION OF SEWING COMBINES THE LAYERS INTO A UNIQUE AND SCULPTURAL TEXTILE.’

And her book, written with artist Cas Homes, was published recently.

Her website and blog feature a great collection of her work. So much fun and so inspiring to look through.

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xoxo, Shannon

 

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