About the Artist
Born in Neath, Anne Gibbs lives and works in Cardiff. She studied Fine Art, specialising in printmaking (1994) and she undertook postgraduate courses in teacher training, PGCE (FE) (1999) and a master’s degree in Ceramics (2004) at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
In 2012 Anne received the gold medal for craft and design at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and her work is part of the Derek Williams Collection at National Museum Wales. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including America, Korea, Greece and Canada. Recent group exhibitions include Oriel Davies Open, Newtown (2014) and Setting the Scene: New Landscapes in Craft, Crafts Study Centre Farnham (2013). Anne has worked as artist-in-residence at the The Clay Studio, USA, Cove Park, Scotland, the Studios, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Design Wales Forum, Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Anne will use the Creative Wales Award to explore aspects of display using traditional methods and new technologies. There are two main areas of research she will investigate and develop. One is to examine a feature of Japanese culture, which is involved in Ikebana, the Japanese art form of flower arranging. The other is working collaboratively with Design Wales Forum and the Fab Lab Cardiff at Cardiff Metropolitan University investigating new media and three-dimensional technologies.
Anne will begin by undertaking lessons in the style and traditions of the ‘Ichiyo’ School of Ikebana, a style that encourages an imaginative use of materials and containers. Her recordings and experiences will be the starting point for devising new ways of selecting and presenting her work.
She will expand on her existing experience of using three-dimensional technologies. This combined with traditional mould making processes and the ikebana principles of arrangement and selection will be an exploratory and investigative creative journey.
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