Anna Casey - Sculptor in Glass and Textile

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From time to time, I like to feature local professional artists.  And, for this post, I’ve just foundone who does something a little bit different to the usual paint and canvassort of thing that we get up to at art group.

Anna-Krystyna Casey is an award winning sculptor based inBuxton, in the Peak District.  She worksin glass and wool, thread or wire, producing pieces of crochet or embroidery ina variety of colours which she then sets in glass.  I wonder if any of you have, like me, beenfascinated by the patterns formed by the stitches when you are knitting orcrocheting.  Anna’s work encourages youto notice these patterns.  Each piece isunique and they can be used around the home (people often use the smaller onesas coasters), or in jewellery making.

Drawing is an important part of the design process, and is done at the beginning of a project so that Anna knows what she’s aiming for. Some of the drawings just stay as such, but others inspire sculpture.

I like the clean minimalism of her work, particularly herglass wall hangings and tiles.  There arealso eye-catching wall sculptures including a spiral collection and Annasometimes works in paper and wax.  A practicaladvantage of entrapping the wire in glass is that it must be a lot easier tokeep clean, and the glass helps protect it so it keeps its shape over theyears.  

Anna studied at Loughborough University and regularlyexhibits in different part of the country. Last year, she won a Craft Council award for innovation in knittedtextiles.  Anna’s next exhibition is at stARTLEin Derbyshire on 7th and 8th May Follow this link to her website to find outmore about her work and forthcoming exhibitions

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