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, applique, 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.
Annemieke Mein was born in Haarlem, Holland, in 1944. She and her parents migrated to Australia in 1951 and all became Australian citizens in 1956. After attending school in Melbourne, Annemieke took up a career in nursing, graduating in 1967. She married Phillip Mein in 1968 and they moved to Sale in south-eastern Victoria in 1971. Annemieke has become internationally recognised as an artist and craftsman. 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. In 1988 she had similar works touring Australia in both art and craft exhibitions. She is the only textile artist to be featured in Australian Artist. She has exhibited at State and regional galleries in Australia and in 1980 won the inaugural Hoechst Textile Award. 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 Stated, 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'.