MEET ANNA WRIGHT: ARTIST & ILLUSTRATOR

ANNA WRIGHT

Anna Wright is an artist and illustrator brought up in Dumfriesshire in Scotland. Anna was surrounded by rural life, which alongside her love for colour, pattern and textiles, has shaped her work.  

Since exploring these influences at Edinburgh College of Art, Anna has grown her trademark style of colour and humour using a mixture of fabric, feathers, pen, ink & paint. On any given day you'll find her in her studio sketching away or delving into her chest of fabric that she has sourced from varied locations.

Animals are her main focus and she uses bold inky lines to capture their humour and character adding fabric & feathers to bring colour & texture to her drawings. If the mood is right the images are signed off with a witty caption adding to the joy of the creation.

We chatted to Anna to get to know her and her work a little better. 

Tell us about you and your background. How did you get started?

After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, I moved to London but soon realised it was a very difficult place to survive financially when starting a creative business. So I moved back home to Dumfriesshire, Scotland, for a year to get started. It began with exhibiting originals, then prints and cards and the rest followed. 

How has your style and brand evolved over time?

I would hope it is a little more polished than when I started. When I began I had no idea about branding, I just put my drawings out there. I have learned more over time about what a consumer sees and the impact good branding and communication can have. This has affected the brand. I constantly want to improve where we are.

What do you want people to feel when they view your work?

Happy and inspired.

What inspires you and motivates you?

Beautiful things - colours, nature, craft...and character!

What has been the best tool to help you promote your work?

My cards! People buy them and send to other people, I am lucky to have a product that can self market.

Your website is full of beautiful products. What have you worked on or achieved that you are most proud of?

The business involves many elements other than the creating. I can't say I am very proud of my business skills, I think my emotions get in the way of being more effective. But I would say that I am proud of the work that I can create with my pen and ink. It has taken me a few years to feel that and I always want to improve but it is a lovely point to get to.

We love that you have a focus on quality and durability. What would be your top tip to help encourage others to live more sustainably and more mindfully?

Where possible research where your product has come from and make sure sustainable methods are used. Buy less, but better quality and make it last.

What are you most excited to work on over the next few months?

A new card range. I have lots of ideas and I am dying to get them made.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to set up their own company?

However much you love what you do a business needs to make money, otherwise you will soon start not loving what you do! Do the market research and write a business plan to set targets to reach. Otherwise it can be very easy to float and go in circles. And if possible try and get experience or talk to someone who runs a similar business.

How important is the Christmas season for you and your company? 

Very important! It is our busiest time of the year.

What do you look for when finding the perfect gift?

Something thoughtful, sustainable and beautifully presented.

What is your LITTLE FIND? 

This is hard, so many finds I would like but I think the Olverum Pillow Mist is my favourite.  I love the smell of this, such a luxury to spray your pillows at night and it really does help you to doze off!

Let’s have a little fun and FIND out about you...

  • Favourite TV series right now? Arrested Development
  • Last thing you cooked? Spaghetti squash (which we grew in our tiny garden) with garlic, parsley, lemon and chilli prawns.  
  • Favourite Instagram account to follow? @children_illustration
  • Best book recommendation? Daughter of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell
  • Perfect way to spend your weekend? It would involve being outside in the countryside and being active so maybe a big bike ride or a walk with friends.  Followed by delicious food and wine in the evening. Couldn't be happier! 
  • Best restaurant you’ve eaten at? Books for Cooks in Nottinghill - the best :)
  • Country you’d love to visit? There are SO many, but I have always wanted to visit Kashmir.  I love the craft work they do there and I hear it is beautiful as well as the people.
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