Anne Brooke: From Sketchbooks To Mixed Media Stitched Collage
Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Anne Brooke shares her techniques and inspiration behind her stitched multimedia collages.
A key feature of her work is to stitch onto paper, although she is now venturing into using fabrics, particularly vintage embroidered pieces. Her work is inspired by journeys – her walks and travels, as well as the life journeys undertaken by the vintage fabrics she uses and the work when it leaves her hands.
Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see examples of Anne’s work …
She is also a master ‘juggler’ – she still works 4 days a week as an art teacher at her local secondary school, as well as developing her practice, making pieces for sale and leading workshops too. Phew!
Susan Weeks chats ( and laughs) with Anne about:
- New excitement around using vintage fabrics & making woodcut blocks
- Developing a serious workshop habit whilst trying to find her ‘thing’
- Her fortuitous start to creating her textile art career
- The importance of ‘just playing’ to develop skills and ideas
- Pinterest… and losing hours of your life!
- Going on walks, taking photos, reflecting on journeys
- Anne’s sketchbook habit, and how she uses them
- Hint: take your sketchbooks to workshops with you!
- Hand dyeing threads
- Where is Harold going next we wonder?
- UFO’s, PHD’s and PIGS
- The joy of spending ‘crafty’ time with her teenage daughters