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Annie Irwin

Teaching Assistant
Painter, Weaver, Textiles Artist

“I am a textile designer engaging with materials, structure, color, and texture to develop unique fabrics for the Interiors market. I’ve worked as a post-graduate silkscreen apprentice at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, have experience in print design for apparel, an award-winning upholstery fabric, an undying love for art, and a bizarre drive to construct and embroider sock animals.

When I was 11 years old, I was sitting at the car wash with my parents and found a magazine in the waiting room. When I came across images of wild paintings and gripping designs I was hooked. The article talked about art school and everything it offered. I was too young to apply, so instead, I drafted a handwritten letter and an attempted copy of Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Eugène Boch in acrylic paint. I sent the letter and artwork to the art school’s Admissions office.

Admissions replied, and told me the best way to assemble a great application was to remain passionate and practice drawing from life every day. I was lucky to have amazing teachers and a strong art department to help me through the awful time that was high school, but the advice given to me stayed with me throughout art school and still remains with me today. I am always excited to have a conversation about art, the creative process, critique, learning, and life.”

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