Annemeike Mein. I remember the first time I saw her work. It was when I was studying Year 11 textiles, and I was blown away but the amount of detail and texture that was captured by her passionate stitching. Absolutely incredible. It really was awe inspiring. Only recently did this memory come back to me, when I saw her book for sale at Stampington.
For me Annemeike Mein's textile sculptures are a pivotal example of an artist expressing her appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us. Have you ever seen a moth look so beautiful? I read that some of her works are in public places, and that you are encouraged to touch them! Oh sensory delight! My fingers are tingling!
A little bit of history about Annemeike Mein. She was born in Holland, and moved to Australia as a child. She loved to draw and collect butterflies, dragon flies and other fascinating insects. At school she was encouraged to explore lots of different mediums. I guess alot has happened in between but she is now regarded as one of the worlds leading textile artists. You can see that she draws on the beauty of nature for her inspiration. Preservation and awareness are one of her most motivating influences.
"Through my textiles, whether sculptures, wall works, or 'wearables,' I hope to make people more aware of our native species while expressing my love and concern for our native environment".
And I sense that passion in her tactile works. She is definitely an artist who has inspired me to create more tactileness in my art.