For those of you a regular of the Newcastle market scene you may already be familiar with the bright and breezy tones of Newcastle based artist Annie Everingham.
For those yet to discover Annie’s beautiful abstract strokes this will make for a pleasant discovery.
Originally from Tamworth, Annie’s love for all things art and design saw her pack her country boots and head to the creative hub of Sydney’s UTS to study
textile and design.
With the original plan being to settle in Sydney and score a job in a textile design studio, like most well laid plans they changed with a move north to
Newcastle in her final year of study proving to be a move in the right direction.
When her studies finally wrapped up Annie planned to take some time out and unwind a little from a hectic study schedule. However, not one to miss
an opportunity, Annie took a stall at the Hunt & Gather Markets to try her hand at selling her art and textile pieces. Annie’s contemporary and
colourful style was much loved by market goers and resulted in a not so cruisy year off.
When asked to describe her style Annie says,
“It's quite contemporary and commercial, I am much more design focused rather than fine art focused. Because I have come from a design background,
I’m really focused on colour and inspired by natural forms. I would say the best way to describe my work is contemporary abstract, there isn’t so much
of a formal structure to my work, I act really intuitively.”
When asked about studying and working across a lot of different disciplines, Annie states,
”You have to be resourceful, it’s fun that way, I struggled with the fashion side of things, the construction side of it like the sewing I found it quite
”Instead I prefer to collaborate, which I did recently with a friend from uni who designed a resort collection for her own fashion label. I was given
the brief to design a water colour floral, so I painted the design and then scanned it so it could be used as a repeat pattern.”
Even though those market days aren’t all that long ago Annie says she has shifted focus, now doing a lot more original arts on canvas, many of which can
be seen at local homewares store Willows Home Traders on Darby St. Annie’s work has also made quite an impact amongst the art elite being asked to
donate a piece of work for a charity group exhibition at Melbourne’s stunning Fenton and Fenton homewares store. Annie tells of how,
“A whole bunch of Australian artists, who I really looked up to, donated pieces with all the artworks auctioned off for charity. I’ve also had a couple
of pieces featured on the Rebecca Judd blog which was really exciting.”
Whilst Annie’s resume is long and varied she is still a long way from being content with her own style,
”I am still working it out, textiles plays a big part in my work and I am always referencing patterns and definitely flowers and florals. I love taking
photos and checking out pinterest. Depending on what I am inspired by at the time kind of determines how a canvas will take shape.”
In addition to markets and in-store you can browse Annie's beautiful style via her online shop