Ann Richards

I trained originally as a biologist and continue to be intrigued by living organisms, which provide inspiration for my work, particularly in terms of underlying principles of growth and form. On the loom, my textiles are smooth, rectangular pieces of cloth, but they become transformed when cut from the loom and soaked in water. Tensions, woven into the fabric using high-twist wools and silks, are finally released and these yarns spiral spontaneously, pleating and shaping the fabric into flexible scarves and garments. In my most recent work, a range of textile jewellery, I combine these traditional materials with a silk/steel yarn that gives the fabric a temporary ‘memory’ for additional pleats and folds. This hybrid mix of textile fibre and metal generates unique qualities that neither material could achieve alone, creating textile jewellery that is flexible, lightweight, washable and comfortable to wear.






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