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Penny Cornell is a textile artist based in Cape Town. In recent years she has worked in her studio near Caen in Normandy, France, but has now returned to Cape Town. Born in England, she studied at the Hammersmith College of Art in London, and has a City & Guilds Diploma in Embroidery and Design. She emigrated to South Africa, where later she married, and she and her husband have a home in Constantia, a suburb of the City of Cape Town. They have a married daughter.

She is the Author of a book about innovative Canvas Work, "The Liberated Canvas" which sold 10,000 copies world-wide, but is sadly now out of print. (A few copies are still available from the Author.)  

She has lectured and tutored in many aspects of embroidery, and beadwork in Australia, England, France and in South Africa.

She has wide-ranging experience in many techniques, such as ecclesiastical embroidery, gold work, blackwork, pulled-thread work, counted-thread work, canvas work, freestyle embroidery, machine embroidery, beadwork, beaded amulet purses and necklaces, and off-loom beadwork. Commissioned pieces of work have varied from tiny pincushions and chatelaines to a set of large wall hangings (designed by the late Eleanor Esmonde-White) for the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.   

Her work has been featured in magazines and books, and exhibited in Australia, South Africa, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the United States of America and in Japan. 

She has her own range of hand-dyed viscose Penny Threads, used in her own work, and available for sale on request.

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Updated: December 2010