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Ordinary & Extraordinary Women: Stories Told Through Textiles
with Ann Paterson
on 02 April 2019

At our April meeting we gave a warm welcome to Ann Paterson as she gave her talk on her work which has been inspired by Extraordinary Women. Following her City and Guilds’ courses and a lifelong interest in politics and history, Ann explained the influences which drive her textile work.

She is passionate about the plight of women and explained how she represents this in her work, drawing inspiration from women ranging from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Marie Stopes, via Emma Sproson and Ada Lovelace. She shared her work which is prompted whenever a General Election is called - with hidden messages and lots of word play! She uses a huge variety of multi-medium techniques and clearly enjoys experimenting with cloth and paper.

It was interesting to hear of her research and how she builds this in to her pieces, using symbolism and sometimes slightly subversive messages!

Ann’s talk was informative, thought-provoking and amusing and very well received by the members who were eager to ask questions and study her many samples.


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