‘I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.’
A Midsummer Night’s Dream : Shakespeare
Anneliese creates and hand-prints her stunning wallpapers from a family home and studio on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire borders.
“The wallpapers begin life with drawings, either out in the countryside or from found and collected objects. I then take these sketches back inside to the tabletop to develop and refine a design.”
All of this is done on paper. “I enjoy using technology and photography for some aspects of my studio practice, but when it comes to the wallpapers, they are created entirely ‘by hand’. I need to feel physical attachment to what I am making and to have creative control with every stage of the process. For me the essence of creativity is in drawing and exploring with all types of materials. It is through creative exploration and discovery that happy accidents occur and these are the lifeblood of an artist’s work’.
“I produced my first prints at school, aged sixteen. I was instantly captivated by the alchemy of printmaking with all its potential creative and explorative qualities.”
She has gone on to explore many print processes, to appreciate the faithfulness of print in its reproduction but also to enjoy the elements of serendipity and surprise.
At the start of her career Anneliese studied Graphic Design, gained a teaching qualification and went on to teach Fine Art Printmaking for ten years. Her fascination with Print resulted in an MA in Multi Disciplinary Printmaking and in 2013 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) three year bursary.
“The scholarship enabled an apprenticeship with Master Traditional Letterpress Printer, Martin Clark. As well as acquiring further skill this also provided an insight into working as an autonomous craftsperson.”
Anneliese’s calibre as an Artist and Designer has been established over the past twenty five years within the Design and Fine Art worlds. She now works as an independent artist-designer creating wallpapers, along with an omnium gatherum of selected commissions, including letterpress works created with Tilley Letterpress in Ledbury.