We talk to award-winning designer Anna Glover
Can you tell us a little bit about your childhood and how it has influenced your work?
I grew up in London as part of a family of six. There is an amazing mixture of science and creativity that
runs in the family which never failed to interest me. My dad is an inventor so there were all sorts of great electronic devices and machines around, and my mum is a teacher. She read us the most inspiring stories from all over the world.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Small, curious and determined.
Have you been influenced by any particular artists and, if so, why?
I’m influenced by many different things; art, science, books, people, places, etc. So it’s difficult to single out particular artists. However, I never fail to learn from and be inspired by masters of Japanese block printing and Indian miniature painting. Their use of colour and composition is so beautiful and timeless.
Can you describe your studio and its location to us?
My studio is in Hackney Wick on the canal overlooking the Olympic stadium. It’s a warehouse-style space with great big windows. I share it with my illustrator twin brother Jonny, who is my second pair of eyes, and our childhood friend Dave who is also an inventor.
Where have you travelled and how much have these places inspired your design ideas?
I have travelled but not nearly as much as I would like to. The last time I went far away was to the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. It is such an immersive exciting place and of course home to the art of Indian miniature painting.
How do you choose your colour palettes and what are your thoughts on fashion and trends?
Having worked in trend forecasting, I think it’s very important to be aware of what is going on around you and what is coming next. However, I don’t believe in trying to blend in or to follow. The projects I work on are about responding to and enhancing a space. Each design is different and tells a very personal story. In this way I hope to create spaces that are a little more timeless.
How do you get your ideas from moodboard to final product?
I am constantly researching and gathering ideas, techniques and colour palettes. This ever evolving library is a great place to start at the beginning of a project. Once I have selected appropriate references with a client I start on the artworks. Everything is hand-painted and then scanned and layered up with textures on the computer. The designs are sampled and the colours tested before the final pieces are digitally printed for the space.
Where are your materials sourced from?
All of my printing is done in the UK. I prefer to keep everything as local as possible as I believe personal industry relationships are important for the bespoke nature of this type of work.
What’s your favourite design you have worked on to date and why?
I always find the current project the most exciting as I am so immersed in the story and process. At the moment I’m working on a 37 square metre printed mural for a flat in East London. It is a huge surreal landscape and by far the most ambitious project to date.
Can you tell us about the products you have designed in collaboration with Temper Studio?
Although we have done collaborative exhibitions together before, the Span daybed is our first joint product. Featuring a frame made of British oak, ash and brass, the actual upholstery is digitally printed silk with a clean and simple colour palette that responds to and enhances the materials beneath it. The print itself is a playful interaction between contemporary graphic elements and refined botanical motifs.
What are your hopes for next year? Have you got anything in the pipeline that you can tell us about?
In the spring of 2016 I will be installing a bespoke linen wallcovering in a beautiful farmhouse in the Austrian mountains. The design tells the story of the owners, the house and the surrounding nature. I am particularly excited to see this project completed as the house itself is such an amazingly unique place and it has been so lovely to add to its story. In terms of my hopes for the future, I would certainly like to branch into commercial spaces. Boutique hotels and luxury bars and restaurants would also be great canvases to work with.
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Award-winning designer Anna studied Textile Design at Falmouth University.
The bespoke Jungle Laboratory wallpaper was designed for a commission in a private residential South London property
The Span daybed was a collaborative piece with Temper Studio. It is made using silk upholstery on a British oak, ash, concrete and brass frame, £4,900
Article by: EKBB