Annette Collinge

mixed media artist


Annette’s background is in science; but a lifetime interest in embroidery led to City and Guilds Parts 1 and 2 in creative embroidery followed by a Diploma in stitched textiles at East Berkshire College. An interest in papermaking and recycled materials, especially plastic has led to a body of work which has evolved in response to situations and experiences. She explores the softness and beauty of the natural world contrasted with the harsh reality of human intervention. Her work is often transitory, taking the form of installations, allowing them to tell their stories through gradual disintegration. Colour and texture are very important to her as she absorbs both through her many travels.

Annette continues to be stimulated by new techniques and rarely focuses on one method of working. A City and Guilds qualification in computer imagery has lead to her current interest in printing directly on to fabric from the computer. Thread remains an important feature of her work. She uses both hand and machine stitching which with handmade paper and unconventional fabrics leads to innovative pieces which stretch perceived boundaries in textile art.

Annette is currently collection’s officer at the Embroiderers’ Guild giving her the opportunity to study historic textiles and although she is a mixed media artist, working with unconventional materials, she is very much aware of the pleasure and satisfaction that comes with completing traditional embroidery.

Annette shares her work through workshops and talks which have included Embroiderers’ Guild branches and regions, NADFAS, Festival of Quilts, church groups and Townswomen’s Guild.