Textile Folk Art

Thursday 18 July | 6pm–8pm

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Talk: £15 | £12 Students
Talk plus book: £37.95 | £34.95 Students

In this Thursday evening talk, artist and author Anne Kelly will discuss her inspiration for her book Textile Folk Art and her unique and inspiring interpretation of folk and naïve art in cloth.

From samplers and quilts in Europe, to tribal and nomadic cloth further afield in Mongolia and China, folk and traditional designs have played a crucial part in the development of textile art and craft. Anne Kelly explores the traditional motifs used in textile folk art and shows how contemporary textile artists use these in their work today.

Textile Folk Art, published by Batsford, £22.95, is a beautifully illustrated guide of textile folk art from cultures all around the world and is also packed with helpful step-by-step projects that demonstrate how to apply folk motifs to your own work.

Modern Folk Embroidery’s Jacob de Graaf ‘ says: It is absolutely gorgeously illustrated and is super inspiring for anyone with an interest in Folk Art….You can see that it is a real labour of love’

Anne Kelly is a textile artist and tutor. She trained in Canada and the UK and now teaches and speaks to guilds and groups. Her work is exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, including private collections in the UK and abroad, the Vatican Collection in Rome and at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto. She was recently artist-in-residence at Sussex Prairies Garden in West Sussex and exhibited at the international World of Threads Festival and the Prague Patchwork Meeting. She is the co-author of Connected Cloth, also published by Batsford.

Anne believes in re-purposing vintage and discarded textiles and uses techniques to collage and enhance these pieces of work in her practice and teaching. She teaches all over the UK and internationally, including leading visits to India and teaching tours in Australia and New Zealand. She produces commissions for private and public display. More information can be found on her websites and blog:


Order your copy of Textile Folk Art with your event ticket to collect on the night of the talk, through the link below.

Talk: £15 | £12 Students
Talk plus book: £37.95 | £34.95 Students
All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry

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Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about this event please complete our enquiry form.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

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