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Anne Kelly: Well Travelled Exhibition | Ruthin Craft Centre

28/05/2021 12:00 am – 17/07/2021 12:00 am | Ruthin Craft Centre

Come along to textile artist and author Anne Kelly’s new exhibition – Well Travelled at Ruthin Craft Centre. An intricate, rich and beautiful journey celebrating textiles, travelling, memories and making.

Anne Kelly is, quite literally, well-travelled. Before the pandemic, she travelled all over the world: to teach, exhibit, to see family and for play. Her textile work has long been characterised by travel: travel in the sense of trains, boats and planes. But also travel in the sense of personal journeys over time and through history. Travel is also the theme of Anne’s latest book Textile Travels. When she can travel, Anne derives immense joy and inspiration from new places and new people. She keeps many sketchbooks, wherein she collects bits and pieces, images and ideas. But when making her work she likes to start with a piece of fabric – even a scrap – and build on that.

Anne is a collector (if not a hoarder) of textile related flotsam and jetsam. But she also collects memories; of places she has visited in person, of course. But also places and scenes she has visited in exhibitions, in books and films. Anne’s work reminds us that the mind keeps travelling, regardless of what our bodies are doing. In Well Travelled she exhibits so many ways of celebrating her and our memories of travel, past and future.

Meet the artist and book signing event

Anne will be signing copies of her books Textile Travels and Textile Folk Art at Ruthin Craft Centre, Saturday 5th June, 2-4 pm. The exhibition and book signing are free, but it’s advisable that you make a General Admission booking for the timeslot specified to avoid disappointment. Book your free ticket via Eventbrite here.


Annes latest book Textile Travels is an evocative exploration of how travel – local and far away – can inform, inspire and enhance textile art.

Travel has always featured heavily in textile art, from artists’ ‘travelling sketchbooks’ to large-scale installations mapping coastal erosion or the effects of climate change. In this book, renowned textile artist Anne Kelly shows how to capture your travels, past and present, in stitch, with practical techniques sitting alongside inspiring images.

Including a wealth of practical tricks and techniques as well as exquisite photography of both Anne’s own work and that of other leading textile artists, this fascinating book will inspire all textile artists, embroiderers and makers to use past travels to influence their work.

Anne’s previous books include Textile Folk Art and Textile Nature. She is also the co-author of Connected Cloth.



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.

When: From May 28th to July 17th
Gallery 2, Ruthin Craft Centre
Admission to Ruthin Craft Centre is free, prebooking is recommended

Photo credit to Rachel Whiting.