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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 27 August 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217657
  • Stock: 1 in stock
  • Size: 216x292 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP Price: $59.99
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The Art of Annemieke Mein


Wildlife Artist in Textiles by Annemieke Mein

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Book Description

A collection of astonishingly skilled textile artworks combining fabric, stitching and paints with hand and machine embroidery.

"Annemieke's exquisite textile art makes my heart sing! She is a master at bringing to life her wildlife subjects with needle and thread. What a glorious collection! A must-have for every textile enthusiast."
- Mary Corbet, Needle 'n Thread


The textile works of Annemieke Mein display a rare standard of artistry. She has explored beyond the bounds of craft and developed new techniques in her use of textiles and fabric paints. The illustrations in this book show how textiles can be used as an exciting sculptural medium. The artist's three-dimensional creations are works of extraordinary skill, born out of a passionate commitment to the environment that she observes with a loving eye.

Annemieke uses an amazing variety of materials - silk, wool, fur, cotton, synthetics - carefully chosen for their colour, texture, credibility and aesthetic appeal. These fabrics are then meticulously painted and stitched to faithfully reproduce her chosen subjects and to enhance the tactile quality unique to textiles. Numerous techniques are used in limitless combinations: hand and machine embroidery, dyeing, appliqué, trapunto, quilting, pleating, felting, beading, weaving and plying.

The work of Annemieke Mein will leave the reader breathless with wonder. It encourages an awareness of our natural heritage and of the need to preserve it.

Previously published in paperback 9780855329778.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Charles McCubbin ix
List of Works xv
Profile: Phillip Mein 1
Author’s Note 7

White-faced Heron 12
Coastal Banksia 14
Eastern Water Dragon 17
The morass Sale 19
Bush Jacket 21
Maternity Dress 21
Dragonfly Cape 23
Lacewing Vest 24
Butterfly Ties 25
Fisherman’s Tie 25
Grasshoppers 26
Frogs 30
Dragonflies 32
Cup Moths & Larva 34-36
Sawflies 38
Superb Blue Wrens 41
Christmas Beetles 43
The Potter Wasp I & II 45-46
The Old Lady Moth 49
Squabbling Gulls 51
Pink Emperor Gum Moth I & II 54-56
Above the Channels 59
The Nest 63
Case Moth Cocoons 64
Emerald Moth on Banksia 66
Fallen Red Gum Log 69
Fallen Branches 70
Silvereyes 73
Ameinus McCubbinonymous, Lepidoptera 77
Mythical Moth 78
Mating Mythical Moths 81
Slate Pencil Sea Urchin 85
Barnacles 88
Mussels and Kelp 90
Wattle Seed-pods 92
Here She Comes! 94
Early Birds 98
Lepidoptera Quadripartite 100
Freedom & Samplers 104-106
Night Flight 112
Fantail Rhapsody 115
Fantail Night Watch 120
Southern Blue Gum Blossoms 122
Flight Dust 124
Butterfly Dust 126
Pittosporum Seed-pods & Blossoms 128-129
Fabric Fantasy 131
Grasshopper Flight 135
Dance of the Mayflies 136
Mayfly Life Cycle 140
Frog Down Under 143
Lewin Honeyeater Nestlings I 146
Book on Lewin Honeyeater Nestlings II 150
Lepidoptera Olympia Australis 152
Pheromone Frenzy 154

Acknowledgements 159

About the Author

About Annemieke Mein

Annemieke Mein lives in Australia. She was born in Haarlem, Holland, in 1944. Annemieke has become internationally recognized as an artist and craftswoman. She was the first textile artist to be accepted as a member of both the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She is the only textile artist to be featured in Australian Artist.

She won the inaugural Hoechst Textile Award in 1980. She is represented in the Hoechst and Husqvarna international collections, in private, national and state collections in Australia and in private collections in Holland, Sweden, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. In 1988 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal 'for services to the Arts, particularly in textile sculptures and bronze bas-relief sculptures'. 

The Annemieke Mein Gallery, a space dedicated to her artwork within the new Gippsland Art Gallery at Sale, opened in January 2018. Exhibitions change regularly.

Annemieke's website can be visited at


Marvel at the textile skills of Annemieke Mein in this wondrous book of her work. Find skilful and amazing use of fabric, stitch, paint and embroidery to create imaginative flora and fauna that is sheer delight. Her subjects come to life; Mr. Frog is so textured you can almost feel his skin. Annemieke uses textiles as a sculptural medium to portray insects and other wildlife in natural settings. There are no less than 60 works of art shown in this book. Step into the world of a wildlife artist, outstanding in her field. See the detailed drawings and notes she makes. Discover how she selects fabrics and stitch to convey her subjects. She reveals the progression in her work, from early flat works through relief work (I am certain that Eastern Water Dragons eye just blinked) to the more sculptural work. Backgrounds blend, as they do in real life, as camouflage; the colours being very natural. Stitch just flows along leaves or quietly in the background. Even intense stitching just seems to blend at one with the fabrics and subjects; like a symbiotic relationship. In the high-relief wall sculpture, Cup Moths the background shapes and colours are repeated in the leaf work, the cocoons blending beautifully; the moths themselves in relief but beautifully camouflaged. Other subjects include birds, beetles, wasps, gulls, branches, sea urchins, barnacles, mussels and kelp, seed pods, gum blossoms and grasshoppers. Each piece is accompanied by a description and often by drawings. Note the size of the panels, they are reasonably large wall pieces. Annemieke has also worked on costumes. She captures Australian wildlife like no other textile artist, detailed work to marvel at and admire. There is so much the textile artist can learn from this book how to approach work, how to instil a feeling of reality, how to use colour and stitch to give form. This book was previously published in Australia in 1992. Highly recommended.

Postcard Reviews

This is a beautiful book, filled with intricate designs created through embroidery and paint.

While there are no instructions on how to achieve one of the pieces yourself, there is a basic description on how they were made.

From wall hangings to free standing sculptures each one is stunning. The photography is just amazing and the skill involved is there for all to see.
All are very life like and the reality of some pieces are frightening.

I loved the stories that go with the designs, the author tells how each piece was born and brought to life.

There is no doubt of the talent and the expertise of Annemieke Mein and only in my dreams would I ever hope to be as good. This book is amazing and while filled with inspiration, it will definitely be a talking point.

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