Anne Bourbeau

What inspires you?

Simple everyday things. Objects that can be found around the house that may often be overlooked: an old knitted cap, a pair of muddy wellies, an empty tea box. I am often drawn to the graphics of the banal, like the pictures you might find in old children's books, and packaging from that of gum wrappers to soda cans—all things that have snuck into what we might call the "visual vernacular".

Are you interested in fashion? I love fashion, and love seeing it in action. I find it very energizing! Clothes are a great reflection of the culture and interests of the time to which they belong. How they are worn and combined is pure expression.

Describe your work.

I try to represent objects and images from the everyday or banal in a new way. I enjoy the fun that can be had through shifting the expectations of the viewer. There are endless possibilities for this by simply playing with colour, texture, materials, etc.

Which media and techniques do you use?

I love materials that evoke memory. In terms of technique, I prefer the good old-fashioned ones: a simple running stitch, blanket stitch, applique. To me, simplicity is best: a hand-tied pom-pom, a crisp pleat, or grandmotherly smocking.

What, for you, makes a successful fashion illustration?

I can only talk about what I enjoy seeing in fashion illustration, and that is the ability of the artist to capture the mood or essence of a piece. Technical accuracy is, of course, an admirable quality and has its place, but if the personality of the piece is not present, then what good is it?

What artistic training have you undertaken?

I have always loved art and design. My formal education is as follows: BFA degree in Graphic Design and Packaging at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (USA); Post Baccalaureate Degree in Fiber Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA); MA in Visual Arts: Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London,

If you could give one piece of advice to a student, what would it be?

Take chances.

Describe yourself and your greatest achievement.

I am interested in so many things. Sometimes this works to my advantage and sometimes to my disadvantage. But I think I am at my best when I am learning something new, which makes me always believe that my greatest achievements are still to come.

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