Anne Bossert grew up on a farm in central Illinois. Surrounded by rows and rows of corn and soybeans during her childhood, Anne’s love of stripes was born. Primarily a furniture maker, she uses plywood to express her love of stripes by cutting different angles into the plywood to create various striping effects. Also a fiber artist, Anne circuitously got into woodworking through working with textiles. As a weaver painting dye onto warp threads, she discovered that the same dyes could be used on wood (the dyes color anything that is a cellulose fiber). So she designed a coffee table to contain her handwoven textiles. Anne continues to play with different ways to combine her textiles and woodworking while working in her shop in Fort Collins, CO.
Anne designs and builds all of the studio furniture pictured on this website. She is a fiber artist and a woodworker rolled up into one person. While her designs are original, she is quite inspired by mid-twentieth century furniture and industrial design.
I use color in my furniture because I enjoy the dynamism it brings. The same dyes are used on the wood as on the cloth so both elements have continuity of color. The cloth and wood are also coordinated with stripes. I use high-end plywoods in the construction of this furniture specifically for the striping effects I can achieve with its thin laminations. Because I enjoy playing with color within the structure of visual pattern, I dye and weave stripes into the fabric.
Combining handwoven cloth with woodworking is a fun design challenge. It creates many creative problem-solving opportunities. I enjoy both the comfort of working with cloth and the physicality of working with wood.
Textiles are an often overlooked, yet ubiquitous presence in our lives. Cloth provides warmth and comfort and also helps us to express our personal vision through clothing and decor. I deliberately create fabric thread by thread to demonstrate my appreciation for this thing that can be so beautiful and so important in our lives. But its functionality as fabric is removed to shift the focus to its beauty. By including it in a piece of furniture, functionality is restored, but with an unexpected twist.
In addition to making furniture, I also create wall pieces and sculptures using the off-cuts generated from years of furniture-making. Referencing the ancient textile traditions in oriental rug designs, the wall pieces are often comprised of a central focal point contained within multiple frames and borders. These non-functional artworks are also dedicated to the exploration of beauty through playing with color, stripes, and mixed media. In these pieces, I like to challenge myself to not purchase anything new, to only use materials I have on hand or have saved from the creation of other projects.