Anni was born in the North of England and specialized in the field of medical imaging from 1969 onwards. She moved to Canada in 1981 and now lives in Vancouver, BC.
Her lifelong passion for textiles and stitch found her exploring quilting in the early 1990s which quickly led to her formalizing her skills at the Gale Harker Creative Studies Centre on Whidbey Island in Washington State; completing her City & Guilds Certificate in Art and Design, and City & Guilds Machine Embroidery levels I, II and III.
This formal training in Stitch has developed Anni's style of embroidered images; mainly of nature. Taking her inspiration from her West Coast surroundings and her medical and science background.
Her City & Guilds certification body of work was focused on "Fossils and Feathers" for her 2007 exhibition in Oak Harbor, WA for the completion of the Level III Embroidery Studies.
Following with a solo exhibition in October and November at FibreEssence Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
Her next body of work was focused on three-dimensional art for her show in May 2009 at Crafthouse Gallery on Granville Island, in Vancouver BC, entitled "Containment," which showcased vessels for caching secret objects and treasured life finds!
Following this, Anni has continued with her 3D creations and has been embracing the theme of nests, both in 2D and 3D pieces. She now finds herself incorporating encaustic wax into the mixed media side of her work; to create a translucent appearance; a feeling of being embalmed/fossilized and aged.
Anni’s most recent exploration is with a first nations theme on Totem Poles. A trip to Prince Rupert in 2008 to stay and work in the community allowed her to visit the near by settlements of the native populations and take many photographs of the ancient totem poles. This has lead Anni to a new technique in which the textile is made to look like wood and the bark of trees allowing the image of the totem to emerge from the piece.
Did you know...
Do you like textile art but have never found anything captivating? Do you like first nations art but never feel it is right for your personal space? Take a look at my interpretation of "Totem Pole" and see if it resonates with you.