Annie Taylor: Telling Stories With Large Soft Sculptures

Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Annie Taylor shares her wonderful stories around the stories she creates and tells with her textile art.

A key outlet for her creativity and artwork are her rather large soft sculptures. The word ‘doll’ just doesn’t seem right when you see how large they are… Big Alice, for example is 16 foot tall! These evolve from recycled bedding, their personality takes shape as their faces and limbs take shape. They are then embroidered with text telling their story. They are however, taking over Annie’s house…

Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see examples of  Annie’s work …  

Susan Weeks chats ( and laughs) with Annie about:

  • Continuing a family habit of recycling and creativity
  • How her fairytale drawings and art sparked the creation of the dolls
  • Creating large soft sculptures out of recycled duvets, pillows and bedding
  • The ‘wake up call’ of having RSI in her hands
  • Telling the stories of the dolls on their bodies and letting ideas evolve
  • Nostalgia and ‘crinoline ladies’
  • Developing techniques for the lettering that is such a key element of her work
  • Lessons learned at the Post Office
  • Whatever is going to happen to ‘Martha’?
  • Where to store all those arms and legs
  • What to do with ‘that anchor’
  • Gardening, bindweed and sycamore seedlings

Annie Taylor Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest

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Other places and people mentioned today:

“Sheela Na Gig” by PJ Harvey

Bloody Mother F***ing A**hole by Martha Wainwright

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