Ever since spending the summer as a child in the Swedish Archipelago nature has inspired me.
The archipelago was the living room of the smooth cliffs and the shores were the furniture, the moors were the rugs. I still find inspiration from nature from mountain range making curves for a rug design to color combinations of maple leaf or patterns of the water.
When doing tapestries I experiment with watercolors until an image emerges. At this point I translate this image into a textile design. Threads and yarns are mixed as if on a painter's palette and different weaving techniques and applied.
I just hope we thread gently so nature can continue to inspire us.
Anna Lynn grew up in Sweden and graduated from the University of Stockholm. She continued her studies at the Swedish state-run Atelier Handarbetets Vanner where tapestries for public and private buildings are produced. Anna came to the United States in 1980 to study textile design at the Pratt Institute in New York City.
Anna found her way to Nantucket via the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts. She has been working on Nantucket since 1984 weaving rugs, tapestries and fabrics for private and corporate clients as well as for interior designers.
Anna, who spends most of her days in her studio behind a 12 foot loom, says the inspiration for her works comes from the deep blues and greens of the waters surrounding Nantucket and from her memories of Sweden and of other travels.
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