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.
Mining my inability to focus on only one medium, I enjoy comparing and contrasting rigid wood, soft textiles, and shiny metal. Through the use of stripes and color, I make the wood and fabric look alike. This is done so the viewer can experience delight when they come to realize they are seeing two different materials used in unexpected ways. In the wood, stripes are achieved by manipulating maple and birch plywoods on my table saw to create various striping effects. I also dye and weave stripes into my handwoven textiles. I use the exact same dyes on both the cotton and wood to complete the coordination of the two elements with color. Metal is added to some pieces for the sole purpose of bringing some hard-edged bling.
The wall reliefs, HooDoos, and the patterned doors on my most recent furniture pieces are composed of offcuts and leftovers from years of previous projects. Stacks of plywood glued together and cut into angles and curves create endlessly interesting striped pieces of wood that I have been unable to send to the landfill. Instead, I upcycle that beautiful trash into new artwork.
I make functional art because I believe that all things in our homes should be interesting or beautiful. And I make non-functional art because it’s ridiculously fun and sometimes I just need a break from all that functionality.