"Working with and learning from others
is essential to creative growth"
Anna Lewis explores ideas through contemporary jewellery and fashion object, fused with photography and film production. She combines materials such as feathers, leather, wood, silk and silver, while employing innovative new technologies within her practice such as laser cutting, digital print and 3d printing. Drawn to the idea of magic in objects and their symbolic significance in our lives, these heirlooms, personal, found and vintage objects are printed with delicate traces of memory. Notions of the body, beauty and making, remain central to the work.
R&J: What are you working on at the moment?
Beside lecturing on BA Design Crafts I am working on a couple of ongoing projects. I have been growing my feather sculpture collections and am about to experiment with cast glass forms as a new departure. During lockdown I have joined a fashion illustration group which is a great outlet for me to experiment with new imagery and drawing styles.
Are you an artist who prefers solitude or togetherness to thrive? Or do you need a balance of both? Have events over the past year and ongoing situation affected you? How have you remained positive?
I think a balance. I need blocks of time alone to think and equally love the buzz of a creative team or the motivation I get from a collaboration. I love discussing creative ideas with others and we radiate energy together. Working and learning from others is essential to creative growth and this can come from my students, colleagues or other creatives in a range of disciplines.
Phobia (2017), a collaboration with artist and filmmaker Tim Stokes
“If there is a cabinet of curiosity somewhere that is like a moth to a flame for me”.
What are you reading, listening to, watching right now/recently?
I am reading Lines by Tim Ingold, it makes you look at the world in a whole other light. Prior to that I read In Praise of Shadows which is a strange and beautiful piece of work. I listen to all kinds of music, Royal Blood is a current favorite. I am watching The Handmaids Tale, it is quite possibly the most powerful series I’ve ever seen, so beautiful and incredibly dark, I am addicted, the acting, design and cinematography is outstanding.
Do you have a favourite project or piece of work of your own, or ideas you return to?