Today we were treated to a very entertaining lecture by Anne Menary.
Anne had studied textiles at Birmingham Polytechnic and has gone on to teach hand embroidery and design in Adult Education in Derbyshire.
She undertakes lots of commissions but really enjoys taking a subject and then doing a series of pieces of work.
Her Fabric of the Universe comes from her interest in science and 'what is out there'.
Much of Anne's work contains quotes, or humorous messages that Anne has created herself.
These are two of a series that Anne has done based on 'Postcards from a Time Traveller'
She has also done smaller postcards
All of Anne's work starts as a paper collage
drawn from her interests in a particular subject or from her wonderful sketchbooks.
These two pieces are taken from her interest in the universe and about seeing the earth from other planets
... and this is one of a series displaying the constellations. It also includes pieces of 'given' or 'found fabrics from her fabric stash. She even uses Crimplene to give an interesting surface to her planets!!
All of Anne's work is hand embroidered using traditional stitches and often incorporates recycled samples or old work! She also adds recycled vintage embroidery.
Anne displays a great sense of humour and certainly made us smile! Thank you.