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Ann Charlish

I design and make bags and accessories using a combination of Harris Tweed, print and stitch. I sell my work online, at Fairs and have carried out a wide range of bespoke commission pieces for clients based in the UK and Europe. I combine my designing and making practice alongside my University teaching which is highly inspirational.


I draw my design inspiration from textures, patterns and structures found within both the natural and manmade environments. I explore these aspects through observational drawings and the manipulation of different mark making techniques. Primarily I produce my initial drawings and studies in ink, but also utilise a combination of mixed media to explore additional surface qualities.

I apply my designs to the Harris Tweed using hand silk screen printing. By manipulating this technique I can create fluid and detailed patterns on which to embellish using combinations of applique and machine embroidery. Colour is a vital aspect of my work and I embrace eclectic colour combinations and compositions within my choices of fabrics, inks and finishing details. Having created and sewn all my life it has been a natural progression for me to develop these pieces of Harris Tweed into three dimensional forms that can be both practical to use and thoroughly enjoyed.

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"So long, and thanks for all the fish"

After very many years of craft&design we've decided that we'd like to retire and so in 62 days we will close the craft&design website, including craft&design Online and the craft&design Selected Makers and Craft and Design Month websites. We've had a brilliant 35 years and would like to thank all our readers, advertisers, writers, contributors and website visitors for their support throughout that time. Our very best wishes to you all for the future - Angie and Paul.