Annette Beattie - www.annettebt-textiles.co.uk
A self- employed textile artist creating images using free machine and hand embroidery. Experienced in embroidery, spinning and weaving.
Born in 1957 in the Vale of Belvoir, Nottinghamshire, Annette learnt dressmaking and embroidery skills from her mother and grandmother. Her first opportunity to create a picture using textiles was at secondary school where she was set the challenge of creating a collage picture using fabric. Although Annette was interested in Art and Design at school she decided to follow a career in Biological Sciences with her first employment being a research technician with the Boots Company Limited in Nottingham.
In 1980 Annette married her husband David in Langar, Nottinghamshire. Her needlework continued as a hobby, but it was not until the birth of her eldest daughter Hannah, that with much encouragement and advice from David, she began to experiment with embroidery as an art form. Her early exploration with textile art was treated in a very similar manner to her scientific research; all experiments with techniques were carefully recorded so that when I needed to reproduce the effects she had the appropriate records available.
David and Annette relocated to West Wales in 1988 and raised their family in the wonderful environment surrounding Llandygwydd. She considers herself to be lucky to live only 15 minutes drive from the coast but also close to verdant farmland and countryside. The environment of West Wales provides much of the inspiration for Annette’s work.
She has been creating textile images as a hobby for the last 30 years whilst continuing to work in the pharmaceutical industry. Recently the opportunity has arisen to become self-employed as a textile artist and follow a long held desire to experiment with textiles.
Her images combine painting and/or printing on fabric with use of applied threads, additional fabrics and both hand and machine stitching. The landscape and wild flower embroideries start with the application of acrylic paint on plain canvas or silk to provide a background for the embroidery design which is added using free machine and hand embroidery. The embroidery allows her to add detail, depth of colour and perspective to the image. Each picture is worked free-hand onto the fabric and therefore each image is unique.
Alternatively fabric dyes are combined with resist techniques to create designs. Much of this work is then quilted, again using free machine and hand embroidery, to define the image and add texture. To obtain a wide variety of colours and textures Annette hand dyes many of the fabrics and threads used in this my images.
Recently she has joined the local Ceredigion Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers. She is looking forward to the opportunity to incorporate the skills she is acquiring from friends in the Guild into her textile images.