As I started exhibiting my work in shows, I had to develop an artist’s statement. Honestly, it is a tough task. There is all manner of advice on websites from galleries and groups. It mostly says be yourself, be authentic, if there is a quote that really speaks to you, use it, but just be you! And then they give examples and they all read like pretentious mumbo jumbo to me and I feel like I am not one of these art people and should just pack it up because I do not fit.
But packing it up isn’t really an option.
So, I wrote a statement that is, I think, 100% me. I hope you enjoy it, because I hated writing it. And yes, it does include a quote from The Simpsons.
I can turn a piece of string into fabric. It is my super power. I can also tie my stomach in knots over the most insignificant human interactions, but that is probably not as relevant here.
I crochet and embroider because I simply have to. If I didn’t have fiber to work with I would, to quote Carl Carlson, “completely go psycho on all you guys all the time.” Playing with yarn and string calms me, and when I am calm I can explore colors, textures, and shapes. “Play” is really what ties all of my work together, be it a small cowl or a large wall hanging. I just need to play with yarn.
Annie Webster is a fiber artist in Kansas City, Missouri. She learned to sew and embroider from her mom and grandma, studied graphic design at Penn Valley Community College, and learned to crochet on her own (with a little help from the internet). After more than a decade of designing marketing materials for a mailing list company, Annie left her job to concentrate on fiber art full-time. She lives in Kansas City’s northland with her husband Mike and a large yarn stash.
One More Thing About Me
In addition to making fabric from string, I design patterns that are printed on existing fabrics (and wallpaper, and journals, and a bunch of other things). Check out my surface pattern designs at Annie C Designs.
Where I’ve Been
I am just a baby artist when it comes to exhibiting my work. It is a nerve-wracking and exciting process to submit photos of my pieces to be included in shows and it is absolutely thrilling to see my work shown with that of other artist I admire.
- The Nature of Fiber, Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, Kansas City, MO (Group Exhibition)
- Fiber Squared, The Foundry Arts Center, St. Charles, MO (Group Exhibition)
- Hands Across Missouri, Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery, Chillicothe, MO (Group Exhibition)
- 12 x 12 x MoFA, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, MO (Group Exhibition)