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Ann Charlish

AnnCharlishStudio
 
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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