Our featured artist is Professional SSA Member Annie Woodford, who draws inspiration from scientific theories, new technology and tribal cultures.

Tell us what got you into art – how you got started – what first excited you?

From a very young age I was interested in drawing, painting and making things. I had an excellent art teacher at school and they encouraged me to apply to Hornsey School of Art and from there I went on to study at the Royal College of Art.

Where do you make your work?

I have a small studio in Edinburgh and a purpose built studio in the Highlands where I have a kiln and a printing press. I occasionally print larger work at Edinburgh Printmakers.

What are your main influences and sources of inspiration?

The natural world in its widest sense, hidden realms, that which is invisible and mysterious. Scientific theories and new technology also inform the work I do and I have an enduring interest in tribal cultures, both historic and modern day, in particular the Inuit peoples of the Arctic regions.

Is there some piece of advice / information / knowledge that you’d like to share?

Work hard with dedication, always be inquisitive, seek innovation in processes and have the courage to be true to yourself.

Tell us about a project you are working on at present. This could be an exhibition, commission, public art or curatorial project, a residency, travel opportunity or an area of research.

Recently I was selected for an Inches Carr Trust Bursary for research and development. This has formed part of the Field of Glass project I am undertaking involving an exploration into the complex world of diatoms and radiolaria.

Website: www.anniewoodford.co.uk

SSA Webpage: www.s-s-a.org/member/anniewoodford

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