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Ann Richards


Southsea, Hampshire


Textiles, texture, 'natural' pleating


£30 — £400


I trained initially as a biologist, and now the natural world provides me with design ideas for textiles. My fabrics are smooth and rectangular on the loom, but they are transformed when soaked in water. The energy of high-twist wools and silks is released, causing yarns to spiral spontaneously, shaping the fabrics into textured scarves and garments. My textile jewellery combines traditional textile fibres with a silk/steel yarn to give the fabric a ‘memory’ for additional pleats and folds.


Soft Engineering: Textiles Taking Shape

30 Mar 2019
My work will be on show in this joint exhibition, together with knitter Alison Ellen, ply-split braider Julie Hedges and weaver Deirdre Wood, at the beautiful and historic Whitchurch Silk Mill, which has recently been renovated.

'Fortuitous Circumstances': Recent Textiles for the Crafts Study Centre

05 Jun 2018
My work willl be included in this exhibition of textiles acquired recently by the Crafts Study Centre at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, through funding from the Patricia Baines Trust.

Mooie Plooien [Beautiful Pleats]

01 May 2018
Museum Het Sterkenhuis, Bergen, The Netherlands. Examples of my work, experimenting with ideas from archaeological textiles, will be included in this exhibition that surveys many aspects of pleating. 1 May - 28 October 2018

Available for commissions


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Soft Engineering: Textiles Taking Shape

Disciplines Textiles
Materials Textiles

Playing with the Möbius Strip

Disciplines Textiles
Materials Textiles

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Disciplines Textiles
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