Ann Williamson Designs


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I start with vintage Japanese silks and kimonos. I remove the stitches, clean and ready them for their new life. My tools are scissors, a needle and thread. I cut, sew, piece, applique and bead until the design is right. I know I am finished when the fabrics, shapes and colors balance and the composition is complete. I believe in the craft of fine sewing. I use classic sewing techniques to sew my clothes. I prefer simple and refined silhouettes to highlight my designs and maximize wearability.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Piecing means sewing together pieces of fabric. Every color in a pieced garment is a separate piece of fabric. Applique is sewing small pieces of fabric onto the top of another. My applique is hand stitched. Beading is also hand stitched. For sparkle and bits of color I sew beads, one at a time, onto the fabric. I use recycled, vintage Japanese kimono silks. Besides the technical aspects of the fabric, its sturdy but soft qualities, this artisan made fabric adds extra depth to my work.

    A: Unknown Japanese artisans wove, painted and dyed the gorgeous kimono silks that I use. I start with these beautiful fabrics, full of their own history and layer onto them my own story. My designs, colors and texture choices are made up of fabrics that were created, worn and used by other people far away. I’ll never meet or know them, but it’s as though we are collaborating and I can feel their presence in each and every piece.

    A: I believe in the craft of fine sewing. Not only beautifully made and finished, but equally important, the fit. There is a skill in the art of shaping fabric so that it fits and hangs properly on the body. Plus, every person is different, their shape, their preferences and their vision. A piece of clothing should work with each individual person and who they are. Everyone has different needs and desires, a piece of clothing should reflect this.

    A: Every handmade object carries their makers imprint. Our passions and determination are exemplified by each stitch, mark or line. We connect to each other because we recognize the work, dedication and resolve that went into the process and making of each object. I strive for wonder and delight by communicating to others through colors, shapes and designs.

    A: Yes! Many people inspire my work. The Japanese artisans who created the beautiful fabric I use. The forgotten women who cut up their old and tattered clothing and sewed them back together into beautiful quilts. The 'petite mains' in couture work who work behind the scenes and sew the impeccable clothing of haute couture.

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