Anni was born in the North of England and specialized in the field of medical imaging from 1969 onwards. She moved to Canada in 1981 and now lives in Vancouver, BC.
Her lifelong passion for textiles and stitch found her exploring quilting in the early 1990s which quickly led to her formalizing her skills at the Gale Harker Creative Studies Centre on Whidbey Island in Washington State; completing her City & Guilds Certificate in Art and Design, and City & Guilds Machine Embroidery levels I, II and III.
This formal training in Stitch has developed Anni’s style of embroidered images; mainly of nature. Taking her inspiration from her West Coast surroundings and her medical and science background.
Her City & Guilds certification body of work was focused on “Fossils and Feathers” for her 2007 exhibition in Oak Harbor, WA for the completion of the Level III Embroidery Studies.
Following with a solo exhibition in October and November at FibreEssence Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
A recent body of work was focused on three-dimensional works for her show in May 2009 at Crafthouse Gallery on Granville Island, in Vancouver BC, entitled “Containment,” which showcased vessels for caching secret objects and treasured life finds!
Following this, Anni has continued to explore 2D and 3D works incorporating Encaustics, Machine Embellishing and Mixed Media Collages. Her themes have been focused on the nest and dwellings.
City & Guilds Advanced Experimental Stitch Diploma, 2003 – 2007
City & Guilds Experimental Machine Embroidery Levels l & II, 2004 – 2005
City & Guilds Art & Design Diploma Level I, 2003 – 2004
City & Guilds Machine Embroidery Skills, 2003
Creative Ways with Books & Journals, Sue Bleiweiss & Terri Stegmiller. ISBN 978-1442125735.
Vancouver Outlook, Jan 6th 2010, 1000 Artisan Textiles, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-1-59253-609-2.
The Climate is Changing, Felt. An International Touring Exhibition of Feltmakers from across the World. ISBN 978-88-598-00786-1.
Including the following instructors:
Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn,
Jeanette DeNicolis Meyer,
Linda and Laura Kemshall
ArtWalk 2013, Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mixed Messages, January 2010. The Ferry Building, West Vancouver, BC. Map.
Containment, June 2009. Crafthouse Gallery, Vancouver BC. Map.
Fossils and Feathers, 2007. FibreEssence Gallery, Vancouver BC. Map.
Progressions 2011. Ferry Building, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
Death by Design 2008. FibreEssence Gallery, Vancouver BC.
Vancouver Skies , 2008. The Cutting Edge Group. Silk Purse, West Vancouver BC.
Experimental Machine Embroidery, 2007. City & Guilds, Oak Harbor, WA. USA
Experimental Machine Embroidery, 2005. City & Guilds, Oak Harbor, WA. USA
Experimental Machine Embroidery, 2004. City & Guilds, Oak Harbor, WA. USA
Machine Embroidery Exhibit, 2003. City & Guilds, Oak Harbor, WA. USA
Art & Design, 2004. City & Guilds, Yarrow, BC, Canada
CCBC – Craft Council of British Columbia
VGFA – Vancouver Guild of Fibre Art
SAQA – Studio Art Quilter’s Association
NSNA – North Shore Needle Arts
SDA – Surface Design Association