Annie Sherburne

An influential and inspiring innovator, artist and polymath Annie Sherburne makes colourful jewellery creations juxtaposing vintage stones with unusual ready-made figures, which she combines and remodels into modern, contemporary pieces.The vintage components date from twentieth century Czechoslovakia and were bought by her late husband in the 1980s for the couple’s shops on Portobello Road and in Kensington’s Hyper Hyper.

After pioneering felt making in the 1980s as well as designing and making hats, buttons and wooden jewellery for fashion designer Jean Muir, Sherburne has also since the 1990s become one of Britain’s foremost proponents of sustainable textiles. She has been developing materials such as recycled yarn, which she weaves with wool and linen into one-off collectable rugs for floors and walls. Her work is held in many private and public collections, among them the Crafts Council, V&A, British Council, Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris. She has been a maker member of Contemporary Applied Arts since 1995.

Sherburne studied fashion and textiles at St Martins School of Art and Goldsmiths College and obtained a Master’s in Sustainable Design at Kingston University.


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Max Barstow