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Birth Of Flowers

Birth of Flowers, a career-spanning retrospective celebrating the work of textile and jewellery artist Annie Sherburne, has just opened at Contemporary Applied Arts

An influential and inspiring innovator, London-born artist and polymath Annie Sherburne studied fashion at textiles at St Martins School of Art and Goldsmiths College. A pioneer in felt making in the 1980s and environmentally-friendly fabrics since the 1990s, Sherburne is a devotee of the ‘slow movement’. She believes in making objects that take patience and time to create, seeing this as an act of rebellion against the financial imperative of mass production. Sherburne was an advocate of ‘slow making’ long before the term became a buzz word.

On display will be hats, buttons, wooden jewellery and other accessories made for fashion designer Jean Muir in the 1980s and early 1990s, one-off collectable rugs for floors and walls made from recycled yarns, innovative felt pieces and Sherburne’s current range of jewellery – ‘Yoga, warriors, and war jewellery’. The colourful pieces juxtapose vintage stones with unusual ready-made figures, combined and remodelled into contemporary pieces. Sherburne is deeply concerned with social issues; this project emerged from her work as a yoga teacher to former soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.  

Until 1 June 2019, Contemporary Applied Art, 89 Southwark Street, London SE1 0HX, UK

www.caa.org.uk/exhibitions/2019/annie-sherburne-birth-of-flowers



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