Anne is Cleved


 Design work inspired by a less famous portrait of Anne of Cleves in an orange and black gown gave me the idea of using Anne’s portrait cleaved/ripped by the black sharp points. What it would feel to be a foreign Lady, expecting the privileges of a Queen, yet rejected so publicly. Yet, she ended up with the best life of all of them in the end. I used black lace, semi-precious stone chips, wire bullion and pukalet beads on hand dyed fabric. The portrait is printed on paper, and coated with PVA glue. I hadn’t intended to do Henry’s wives, but this just HAD to be made, so I will probably do the rest. I did Anne Bolyn in 2004.