In the studio, where I belong
Award-winning artist Anna Ray invites us into her studio in Hertfordshire, to share the textile pieces she is currently working on and to describe the commissions she has undertaken recently.
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About Anna Ray
Anna Ray is an award-winning artist whose work often blurs the boundaries between two and three dimensional forms of art. She has exhibited internationally over the past 25 years. Anna’s approach to art is ‘making by hand’. She enjoys exploring the visual and emotive potential of materials and experimenting with different media, predominantly those that are fibre-based such as silk, cotton, velvet, wool and paper. Each have the potential to be transformed using domestic equipment and tools, for example, some of her pieces are painted or stained, like canvases in relief.
She achieved a BA (Hons) and MFA in Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art in 1999, before becoming a lecturer for six years in the tapestry department soon after graduation. In 2006 Anna relocated to London and went on to become resident artist with a number of organisations and festivals, including Winterbourne Botanic Garden, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Dash + Miller and Forbo Flooring, for Art in Manufacturing at the National Festival of Making. Alongside this, she has showcased applied and fine art pieces at international exhibitions over the past 25 years. In recent years, businesses have asked Anna to produce pieces for their office spaces, including law firm Gowling WLG in 2014, who displayed her work at their premises in Birmingham. Earlier this year she completed a major commission 'Loom' for Facebook London Offices, part of the FB AIR Program of international artist residencies.
Portrait: Danny Allison