Annie Sherburne is a talented textile artist, with a deep passion for eco-friendly and fair-trade textile supplies, processes and techniques.
Annie has run her own business since the early 1980's and was a founding member of the International Felt Makers Association, and a pioneer of feltmaking. Annie’s felt work has included felt hats examples of which are in the V&A and the Musee Des Modes in the Louvre in Paris.
For the last 10 years Annie has been incorporating environmentally friendly materials into her design work and has won prestigious awards for these designs and pieces. These include The 'Soft Cobbles' Rug (felted rare breed and organic wool) which won the textile category of the Peugeot design awards in 2001 and went on to reach the finals of the Elle deco first international design awards, and the classic design awards at the V&A.
More recently, Annie has designed new rugs using a combination of yarns, which represent the best environmentally friendly selection of yarns currently available. These include the landscapes, Moon in a boat series, which have been designed specifically for city loft-style rooms with multi functions, which use extra long pile techniques developed initially for Hussein Chalayan. Of these pieces, 'White Horse' has again reached the final of the Homes and Gardens Classic design Awards at the V&A.
Annie’s client portfolio also includes buttons, jewellery, fashion accessories and hats, designed and made for Jean Muir for 18 years.
Other examples of her work may be found in the Whitworth art gallery textile collection, the British Crafts Council collection, Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim Norway, The British Council jewellery collection, Lotus software HQ, HM Home office, and many other public, commercial and private collections internationally.
Annie is now completing post-graduate research at Kingston University into environmental textiles from a designer’s perspective, and is developing recycled yarns, which will be available for sale from her shop.
Shop: Annie Sherburne
1:10 Oxo Tower Wharf
1:10 Oxo Tower Wharf
(Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30am to 4.45pm)
To find out more please visit Annie’s website at http://www.anniesherburne.co.uk/
This review can also be found at as part of my contributions on DIY City Magazine