Part art book, part project book, and all inspiring, Textile Portraits is the book you want around when you're thinking about embroidery as art or considering how to move embroidery beyond the hoop.
Anne Kelly’s evocative and nostalgic work often incorporates portraits—of friends, family, historical figures, and even pets. Within these pages she shares her approach to textile portraiture, bringing in a wealth of different embroidery techniques, including hand and machine embroidery, quilting, and appliqué, to render in cloth the nuances of facial expressions and the personalities of her subjects. The book covers:
Selfies at Home: making the perfect self-portrait in cloth.
Representation and Culture: how portraits have been used in textile art for cultural expression around the world.
Stylized Imagery: going beyond the traditional portrait into abstraction.
Place and Time: creating a sense of place with portraiture, sometimes incorporating photographs.
Story and Text: how to create a fuller narrative with deeply personal ephemera and related imagery.
Pet Projects: immortalizing your pets in your textile work.
Beautifully illustrated with stunning examples of her own work and that of intriguing textile artists who specialize in portraiture from around the world, this is the ideal book for embroiderers and textile artists who want to introduce this often tricky subject area into their work.