About Annabel Wilson
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"I work from my home studio in Sherborne with easy access to the countryside for collecting plant materials for natural dyeing.
Seed-heads from plants were already a motif in my collagraph prints and landscape paintings and these continue to inspire me. "
Studio: Townhill Studio 2, East Mill Court, East Mill Lane, Sherborne
Number: 01935 812447
I was born and raised in Southern England and have always felt a close connection to the landscapes and fauna of the British Isles. I have loved making, drawing and creating from a young age and chose to study 3D and Interior Design to degree level following my schooling.
This led to working as a commercial interior designer for a period of 15 years. But I continued my own creative work, making and painting, both for myself and to commission for designers, hotels and private individuals. I now work from my home studio in Sherborne with easy access to the countryside for collecting plant materials for natural dyeing.
I discovered the ancient technique of Shibori, which means ‘to wring’ in Japanese as in ‘to squeeze’ or ‘press’. It refers to the way in which the fabric is stitched before it is dyed. The parts of the fabric that are closely stitched ‘resist’ the dye leaving areas of white or much paler colour. The folds or pleats are ironed out, but a shadow always remains, like a faint memory of their former state. Traditionally the Japanese use indigo or madder for this technique. I also enjoy the use of Procion dyes for their bright vibrant colour. Seed-heads from plants were already a motif in my collagraph prints and landscape paintings and these continue to inspire me. Working from drawings done in sketchbooks, I keep my designs simple using single ferns, hogweed and teasels.
The work consists of using Shibori techniques to “draw” on the fabric to produce landscapes and plant forms on textiles. This is an ancient tradition and all the work is hand stitched. Once the shibori process is complete, the patterned fabrics are transformed into textile lamps, lampshades and wall-hangings. The effect of the light shining through the finished design creates a wonderful soft glow in the space, a beautiful addition to any interior.
I am increasingly recognized for my design innovation in stitch resist shibori and I hold one day workshops and week long textile retreats for all those interested in textiles. I am registered on the Crafts Council Directory and am a member of the Dorset Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers.