Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Anna Ray


When I first wrote about Anna Ray’s practice a decade ago (Embroidery magazine May/June 2010) she had recently completed the massive and photogenic “Knot” (2007) supported by an Edinburgh Visual Arts and Crafts Award. Much of our conversation then dwelt on her beguiling series of eight small embroideries called “In the Garden” based on her three-week residency in 2004 at the Winterbourne Botanic Garden, University of Birmingham. In the intervening years Ray’s work has arguably continued to grow in scale and the inclusion of “Margate Knot”, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, an iteration of the earlier work, in the 2017 exhibition “Entangled: Threads and Making” at Turner Contemporary marked a shift in the recognition her practice has deservedly received….

Embroidery magazine Jan./Feb. 2020

image above: Anna Ray “Tassel” (2019)