Aneeta Milligan produces beautiful embroidered artwork inspired by her Scottish and Indian roots.
She has a Degree in Weaving from the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels near Edinburgh and did a Post-Graduate Degree in Embroidery at the School of Art in Glasgow.
After moving to Yorkshire she set up a studio near Bradford and sold brightly coloured silk scarves and shawls. She now produces her artwork on a sewing machine at her kitchen table, surrounded by her eclectic collection of teapots, colourful crockery and vibrant cushions and quilts.
Aneeta says she has always been attracted to textiles. “I’ve always loved colour and was always destined to work in craft. I love textiles. I’ve done some painting but I mix it with fabrics and other materials. It is all about the colour and the texture.”
For years she created embroideries of tea pots and flowers but is now building up a new portfolio of landscapes, all inspired
by her Scottish and Indian background. She starts with a drawing and then traces the outline onto a piece of fabric. The picture is then built up with assorted fabrics, before freehand embroidering with the sewing machine.
She sells her embroideries through the Weaverbird Workshop, private commissions and open house days and runs occasional workshops.
Aneeta’s beautiful embroidered collages will be on display at Westgarth, 93 Skipton Road during this year’s Ilkley Art Trail.