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The Art of Annemieke Mein : Wildlife Artist in Textiles - Annemieke Mein

The Art of Annemieke Mein

Wildlife Artist in Textiles

By: Annemieke Mein

Hardcover | 1 September 2019

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A collection of astonishingly skilled textile artworks combining fabric, stitching and paints with hand and machine embroidery.

"Annemieke's exquisite textile art makes my heart sing! She is a master at bringing to life her wildlife subjects with needle and thread. What a glorious collection! A must-have for every textile enthusiast." - Mary Corbet, Needle 'n Thread


The textile works of Annemieke Mein display a rare standard of artistry. She has explored beyond the bounds of craft and developed new techniques in her use of textiles and fabric paints. The illustrations in this book show how textiles can be used as an exciting sculptural medium. The artist's three-dimensional creations are works of extraordinary skill, born out of a passionate commitment to the environment that she observes with a loving eye.

Annemieke uses an amazing variety of materials - silk, wool, fur, cotton, synthetics - carefully chosen for their colour, texture, credibility and aesthetic appeal. These fabrics are then meticulously painted and stitched to faithfully reproduce her chosen subjects and to enhance the tactile quality unique to textiles. Numerous techniques are used in limitless combinations: hand and machine embroidery, dyeing, appliqué, trapunto, quilting, pleating, felting, beading, weaving and plying.

The work of Annemieke Mein will leave the reader breathless with wonder. It encourages an awareness of our natural heritage and of the need to preserve it.

Previously published in paperback 9780855329778.

About the Author

Annemieke Mein lives in Australia. She was born in Haarlem, Holland, in 1944. Annemieke has become internationally recognized as an artist and craftswoman. She was the first textile artist to be accepted as a member of both the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She is the only textile artist to be featured in Australian Artist.

She won the inaugural Hoechst Textile Award in 1980. She is represented in the Hoechst and Husqvarna international collections, in private, national and state collections in Australia and in private collections in Holland, Sweden, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. In 1988 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal 'for services to the Arts, particularly in textile sculptures and bronze bas-relief sculptures'.

The Annemieke Mein Gallery, a space dedicated to her artwork within the new Gippsland Art Gallery at Sale, opened in January 2018. Exhibitions change regularly.

Industry Reviews
This book I have had for many years and feel it is a worthwhile book to review, despite being long established. Annamieke Mein is a superb wildlife artist, her interpretation into textiles is quite incredible. Her work involves painting and embroidery on a very large scale, as well as smaller pieces. The inspiration for silk painters is beyond measure especially if you have a love of wildlife. Annamieke's drawings of frogs, birds, insects etc. capture reality with humour and are beautifully illustrated in this book. An absolute joy to look through when we need a prompt to get started. I particularly love the dragonflies and mayflies. The intricacy of detail are combined with a mere suggestion of landscape and delicacy of colour to create works of great beauty. International Journal of the Guild of Silk Painters

This tribute to the work of Annemieke Mein was first published in 1992 but remains as impressive as ever. Her expressive stitched compositions of nature are a perfect lesson in the artistry of stitch; marrying Mein's acute flair for observation and storytelling with her skill as an embroiderer (she used numerous techniques in limitless combinations - hand and machine embroidery, dyeing, appliqué, trapunto, quilting, pleating, felting, beading, weaving and plying.) Now sadly no longer able to work her legacy is captured in the beautiful photography and vivid descriptions of her processes in this book. The Textile Art Magazine - Embroidery

This is a beautiful book, filled with intricate designs created through embroidery and paint. While there are no instructions on how to achieve one of the pieces yourself, there is a basic description on how they were made. From wall hangings to free standing sculptures each one is stunning. The photography is just amazing and the skill involved is there for all to see. All are very life like and the reality of some pieces are frightening. I loved the stories that go with the designs, the author tells how each piece was born and brought to life. There is no doubt of the talent and the expertise of Annemieke Mein and only in my dreams would I ever hope to be as good. This book is amazing and while filled with inspiration, it will definitely be a talking point. Postcard Reviews

Marvel at the textile skills of Annemieke Mein in this wondrous book of her work. Find skilful and amazing use of fabric, stitch, paint and embroidery to create imaginative flora and fauna that is sheer delight. Her subjects come to life; Mr. Frog is so textured you can almost feel his skin. Annemieke uses textiles as a sculptural medium to portray insects and other wildlife in natural settings. There are no less than 60 works of art shown in this book. Step into the world of a wildlife artist, outstanding in her field. See the detailed drawings and notes she makes. Discover how she selects fabrics and stitch to convey her subjects. She reveals the progression in her work, from early flat works through relief work (I am certain that Eastern Water Dragons eye just blinked) to the more sculptural work. Backgrounds blend, as they do in real life, as camouflage; the colours being very natural. Stitch just flows along leaves or quietly in the background.

Even intense stitching just seems to blend at one with the fabrics and subjects; like a symbiotic relationship. In the high-relief wall sculpture, Cup Moths the background shapes and colours are repeated in the leaf work, the cocoons blending beautifully; the moths themselves in relief but beautifully camouflaged. Other subjects include birds, beetles, wasps, gulls, branches, sea urchins, barnacles, mussels and kelp, seed pods, gum blossoms and grasshoppers. Each piece is accompanied by a description and often by drawings. Note the size of the panels, they are reasonably large wall pieces. Annemieke has also worked on costumes. She captures Australian wildlife like no other textile artist, detailed work to marvel at and admire. There is so much the textile artist can learn from this book how to approach work, how to instil a feeling of reality, how to use colour and stitch to give form. This book was previously published in Australia in 1992. Highly recommended.

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