Ann Vollum is a fiber and mixed media artist with an international background who has exhibited her work extensively. For many years she worked as an art director and graphic designer both in London and New York City. Over the years Ann’s artistic journey has progressed through painting, line drawing, bookmaking, fantastical and detailed “paper cuts” to hand-stitched textiles and fiber sculptures. Ann lives and has her studio in New Jersey. She is involved in a number of professional organizations, is a teaching assistant for TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, and co-curated The Power of IV for West Orange Arts Center and The Gold Standard at Westbeth, NYC for Textile Study Group of New York.
I am fascinated by the ability of line and texture to create complexity and thus transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. My stitched portraits are acutely observed creating detail and expression with a technique of layering stitches and colored threads to create tone. I am interested in capturing the essence of a person in stitch.
For my organic, soft sculptures I prefer a natural palette. I achieve this by eco and rust dying rescued fabric, obtaining depth with multiple applications and techniques. I work intuitively, layering to create rich textures and dynamic forms.