Inspired by the natural world, I create original textile art which celebrates the wonders of our environment and highlights their vulnerability.
Recent subjects include highly magnified views of plants and pollen, swirling clouds of birds and insects, melting glaciers, and the night sky.
My speciality is innovative machine embroidery. I enjoy stretching the technique to its limits in pursuit of new visual effects, often working with unconventional materials such as wire, plastic and even smashed china. Dissolvable fabric
frees my embroidery from solid backgrounds, offering endless possibilities for contemporary lace-like structures and artifacts made entirely from stitched thread.
I particularly love to exploit the three dimensional possibilities of textile art, creating layers of raised and ‘floating’ shapes that add depth and intriguing shadows to framed pieces. Often composed of multiple individual motifs, my designs tend to combine precision and repetition with an element of serendipity.
As well as wall hung art, I make small free standing items such as decorative bowls. And I’m always experimenting with textile jewellery too – little pieces of wearable art.
My work has been exhibited throughout the UK in art shows and contemporary craft galleries, and widely published in print and online.
Anna Tosney takes her inspiration from the countryside where she grew up. Born and bred in Skipton, she aims to capture the stormy skies, bold landscapes and quirky characters she comes across in the Dales.
She studied Fine Art (Printmaking) at Cardiff, completing her degree in 2000 and then went on to study for an MA in Ceramics. Having experimented with different methods of printmaking, she developed her own style, using drypoint and monoprint techniques.
She starts by observing and sketching or photographing a scene. These ideas are then adapted and developed into an image which is scratched onto the printmaking plate. She uses layers of soy-based inks on an acrylic plate.
“I prefer a see-through plate so I can see what’s going on,” she explains.
Anna likes to immerse herself in the land and people she paints. She recently did a course in dry-stone walling and has farming friends who invite her along to sheep-shearing days.
“I love farmers,” she says. “I love observing their body language. The older farmers have really interesting postures. They are always leaning over walls.”
The printmaker sells her work through various galleries and regularly exhibits at Art in the Pen at Skipton Mart. She also runs workshops for Hive, in Shipley and for various after-school clubs.
- Anna Tosney’s work will be appearing at the Craiglands during Ilkley Art Trail.