Self Portraits with Anne Kelly

Course Overview

Join international artist, author, and tutor Anne Kelly for a three-day course to make a textile collage based on a self-portrait or portrait with a background of your choice. Working from photographs, Anne will show you how to approach images of people and include background images to give your piece context. Using a range of simple but effective techniques from her books, you will be able to make a layered and colourful piece that can be added to and embellished at home.

Teacher Profile

Anne collects recycled fabric, paper and ephemera using collage, stitch, photographic and print processes to create mixed media textiles, framed and free hanging. Her inspirations are taken from travel and memory and naïve, outsider and folk art. Her heavily embroidered and textural works have been described as ‘small worlds’, with a small scrap or remnant of fabric that can inspire a whole piece. Her first co-written book ‘Connected Cloth’ reflects her project work in the UK and abroad.

Materials List


Before you begin, it is a good idea to choose your subject (your self or someone else) picture carefully and have a clear image. Also select fabrics which will work well together and are easy to hand and or machine stitch.

Background fabric (no larger than 40 x 40 cm square) strong cotton or linen union

Scraps of fabric in colours that suit your skin and hair colour, no stretchy or too textured ones

Background scraps in a variety of colours, small pieces

A good clear photo of you or your subject no larger than 20 x 30 cm size

White or off -white thread for tacking

A selection of embroidery threads for machine (if desired) and hand stitching

A glue stick and pins

Buttons/beads for eyes

Ribbons, wool tops, string for embellishment

Hand stitch kit and sewing machine (optional)

Estimated material fee ($40) payable to the artist

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.


11 Mar 2023


9:30 am - 4:30 pm






The Creator Incubator
15a/50 Clyde St, Hamilton North NSW, Australia