anna glasbrook


About me

Born in London, the daughter of a Danish weaver, I grew up surrounded my colour and yarns. I recently left behind my former science background to retrain in Textiles at the Bath School of Art & Design, gaining a First Class Honours. Since 2010 I have been crossing the boundaries between artist, designer and craftsperson, using non-traditional materials to create work that is both architectural and sculptural in vibrant and distinctive colours.

Working from a studio at home in a bright and colourful 1920’s wooden house on the edge of a wood near Bath, both the house and studio totally relate to my work and how I see the world. Surrounding myself with colour and objects that inspire me, endlessly moving things around until they create a satisfactory composition all over the house and garden!

What I make

Using non-traditional materials and often working at scale, I use an innovative technique stitching through one or more transparent surfaces to create striking, vibrant three-dimensional ‘drawings’ or infinite weavings in space that give the impression of solidity and delicacy simultaneously in vibrant exciting colours.

What inspires me

Influenced by the Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetic I am never without my camera. My inspiration always comes from the photographs I take of the urban and rural environment, translating light, surface and colour into the abstract patterns in my work. These images are my sketchbook. Details such as the twisting rivulets on a beach, Japanese bamboo forests, or the ends of a stack of cut timber are typical starting points.

How I work

Obsessed with all things transparent; I collect plastic packaging destined for the recycling such as poppadum blister packs, which I stitch into to explore the defining of space using thread. I am constantly seeking out new and unconventional materials to experiment with.

I stitch into these materials using cords, tapes, ribbon, while listening to Radio 4, using that part of the subconscious that comes into play when you are not fully focused on a task, not trying too hard, but reacting to the object and working intuitively with the materials. This creates a rhythm in the stitching as well as in the finished piece.