Annie Taylor Kent, United Kingdom
Maker of large soft sculptures with stories to tell. I create 2D and 3D illustrative and textile narrative based work from the realm of the fairy tale and childhood memory.
Illustrative textile work and stitched stories: I create large 3D soft sculptures that whisper their tales to me.
Made from calico or old bed linen, and often stuffed with recycled duvets; they are dyed with tea for age and painted with watercolour for softness, finished with embroidered details. Old familiar stories come out of the end of the needle altered. The story of the Ugly Sister’s grew too full to fit onto her feet, and became a fabric book of its own, made from old table linen: it wasn’t the Ugly Sister’s fault, the Prince is vile, and Cinders’ kills him with the knife that butchered her sister’s feet. Illustrated with modified vintage embroidery transfers, the story stitched in tiny cotton chain stitch.
I like to encourage visitors to touch my fabric friends, to pick up the Ugly Sister’s poor bleeding feet and read the words in red thread. The Fairy GM (under construction) is not very nice, but it doesn’t stop people wanting to hold her hand. Initially intended to be a story of genetic modification, she became entwined with bindweed, strangling everything in its greedy advance, and her story changed.
During the working process, I may carry a limb, or a head, around with me, stitching as I listen to live music, visit a friend, sit on the beach. They become part of my life. A companion, talking to me, telling their tale.
Watercolour is my preferred media for the bodies, with embroidery details. Much of the material I use is inherited and donated, and again this governs directions the work takes. As can a song lyric heard on the radio, a phrase caught on the air, or a sycamore seed spinning down to earth.
I am also the co-founder of the Profanity Embroidery Group, in Whitstable; organise and curate exhibitions and Open House events.
Projects and exhibitions
Profanity Embroidery Group
14/02/2018 — 20/02/2018
Third Group exhibition from the Profanity Embroidery Group, for which I am Co-Founder, Director and Curator. The theme this time was Song Lyrics. Work was based on powerful songs incorporating profanities for emphasis, or misheard lyrics interpreted with humour. A diverse group of about 30 members, formed in August 2014.
|Fishslab Gallery, Whitstable, Kent, UK||Details|
Has She Nothing Better To Do
16/11/2016 — 22/11/2016
Solo show of my textile and illustrative work.
|Fishslab Gallery, Whitstable, Kent||Details|
12/04/2014 — 21/07/2016
Under the name Herding Cats I organised and curated several group shows. Organising artists being rather like trying to herd cats.
|The Pie Factory, Margate and Keam's Yard Studio Gallery, Whitstable, Margate||Details|