Future of Craft

Anna Gravelle

What do you do and what are you most proud of in your making/designing history?

I’m an artist and designer making irresistibly tactile textile art and interior products.  I dwell in the present rather than holding on to what’s gone before, so I really love the new work I’ve been developing.

Where do you work and what materials do you prefer/get most inspired by?

I work from a garden studio on the outskirts of Bristol.  The materials I use are almost always wool cloth and fine embroidery threads.  I am perpetually inspired by the patterns found in textural, rural landscapes.  Through mark-making and drawing I create three-dimensional abstract embroideries to adorn domestic and public spaces.

What do think will be important or significant for craft practice in general in the future?

In the last decade we’ve seen a huge rise in the appreciation of the handmade and handcrafted, as a reaction perhaps to the digital world we inhabit.  I feel this is going to grow further with perhaps even more of an emphasis on acquiring skills and using materials that promote a softer impact on the environment.

What are your own aspirations for the next five years?

Over the next five years I’m looking forward to moving towards developing a gallery-based practice alongside new textile products for interiors.

Anna has been a Design-Nation member since 2014.