Anna Kelly features Memphis landmarks and original designs in her one-of-a-kind fabric and wood collages, trays, and prints. One of our favorites!
Tray: 20in x 13.75in
With Handles: 22in x 13.75in
Now available in our Downtown Memphis gift shop !
At nearly 50 years old, I bought my first sewing machine for nearly $50. I wanted to be able to make myself cloth napkins for dinner parties because I think cloth napkins make every meal better. After that first square, I was completely addicted. I started making totes, purses and wine bags showing my Memphis pride. Before I knew it, I was knee deep and had to start selling to pay for my new habit.
The journey from sewing to fabric art was swift but messy. I’ve enjoyed learning how different fabrics react to resin and how different people react to fabric based art. The most rewarding projects come from including other people’s personal and sentimental fabrics. I have had the pleasure of making messenger bags from childhood bed sheets, purses from favorite dresses, and tote bags from old concert sweatshirts.
When I’m not making art or spending time with friends and family, I am a special education teacher in Collierville.