Annabelle Collett

  • Lace Fragments – vintage lace pieces, various papers. 65 x 70 cms
    Lace Fragments – vintage lace pieces, various papers. 65 x 70 cms
Annabelle Collett has worked full time for over 30 years as a professional artist/designer/craftsperson. The main concepts that inform her art are contained within the historic/symbolic significance of motif, the social/political meaning of pattern on textiles and the abstract overlaying relationships between fashion, visual art and design. Annabelle Collett makes sculptural elements with the principal medium being fabric, but sometimes mosaic, metal, other fibres and found objects. She applies many techniques to construct her work and utilises methods and skills from both art and craft arenas. She explores the abstract coverings of and about the body through explorations of the outer semblances. By questioning appearance and values and by defying a sense of practicality, regular items take on new forms and meanings. Through her idiosyncratic fascinations with debris, leftovers and vintage remnants she challenges the preconceptions of materials and objects by incorporating the past into new imagery reflecting current concerns.