Anne Hellyer - How Did I Get Here!

We met at Priory Hall on Monday 19 November 2018 and were given a talk by Anne Hellyer, our chairman and textile artist.  Anne spoke about her background, coming from a family of 'makers' and told us how she developed a passion for stitch. She went to Fareham College to study for the City and Guilds qualification and after leaving, stills meets up with fellow students.

Anne spends part of the summer each year near the coast in France and enjoys getting inspiration from the local area. She doesn't take her sewing machines but uses her hand-made sketchbooks to record  her surroundings and from this starting point develops the work when she in France and on her return.

She is particularly interested in architecture which explains the number of buildings in a lot of her work!

Anne's work is quite amazing and refreshingly original. Thank you Anne for a very entertaining evening.

We were in for another treat at the weekend, as on Saturday 24 November 2018, Anne held a workshop for us in Goodworth Clatford Village Club. This proved very popular and the hall was bursting at the seams with stitchers, sewing machines and brilliant ideas!

Under Anne's guidance, we spent a happy day doing what we like best - becoming totally absorbed with fabric and stitch. Based on a theme of architecture by the sea our resulting work was varied and delightful.

Many thanks Anne for two inspiring sessions, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.