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Ann Wheeler

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Clear Water

300 cms x 60 cms. A hanging produced in celebration of the chalk streams of Hampshire. Knitted background with transparent fishing line and laminated watercress leaves.

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Three

Three pieces 150 cms x 30cms. Three hanging figures worked in bobbin and needlelace techniques, paper and linen yarns

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Three Again

Three standing figures worked entirely in needlelace

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Three Again detail

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Shadows of the Past

250 cms x 60 cms. Knitted paper yarn background, with bobbin lace reclining figure, with added needle lace

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Shadows of the Past detail

Artist statement

I am a freelance tutor and exhibiting artist and taught City and Guilds embroidery at Fareham College, Hampshire, for many years. I worked for over 20 years as National Advisor and External Verifier for the City and Guilds Creative Studies. I am a member of the Textile Study Group and the Westhope Group and have exhibited both at home and abroad.

I have had an obsession to create for most of my life. I enjoy the opportunity of working with local amateur groups on community stitch projects, sharing my love of art and textiles with them.

My own work is very process lead. I like the feel and reaction of different materials as I work. The act of drawing and recording ideas in sketchbooks, of nature, the countryside and using historical research, leads to sampling and development. The research and planning, influence how I resolve my final work and is an important part of every experience.
The challenge of submitting proposals for a variety of exhibitions is stimulating. The most recent to be accepted was for a successful multi discipline project based on Chalk for Winchester museum service.

For some years I have incorporated bobbin lace techniques in my textile practice to create structure. The different 3-dimensional forms that can be produced when using large scale 'threads' particularly paper yarn, challenge the view of traditional lace and move from the delicate to a form that has perceived weight. Recently my exploration has taken a different path in developing other holey background surfaces that can be built upon. recreate the patterns of lace with stitch while still keeping something of the ethereal quality

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