is a fabric artist, guest lecturer and key note speaker on Exotic Fabrics of the
and fiber have influenced Anna since her toddler years. Anna resides in West
Vancouver, BC where she instructs fabric arts, quilting and photo transfer
classes at art galleries and quilting guilds. She has served on the Executive on
several BC Quilting Guilds. As a frequent world traveler, it is her mission to
search out new textiles and innovative fabric art techniques to complement her
overflowing fabric and embellishment library.
and her husband, David, a professional travel photographer, travel writer and
guest lecturer always have their bags and cameras packed for their next travel
adventure. When Anna added photography to her many passions it was only time
until she needed to preserve her special photos and works of art into fabric
has a passion for color and creating new designs from world fabrics gathered in
her travels, She constantly researches and records her discoveries whether it be
in the jungles of South America, markets of South East Asia, deserts of Africa
or the galleries of Europe. She has lectured on exotic fabrics of the World on
cruise ships in 6 continents and continues to teach fabric arts and share her
passion when she is at home. Her works have been exhibited nationally and
internationally in art galleries, offices, stores and museums.
particularly enjoys the people she has met while pursuing her passion. With
colorful travel tales and fabric samples she is bound to entertain, inform and
inspire you with enthusiasm and a sense of humor. Anna’s motto is to live each
day to the fullest, just like her overflowing fabric studio.
Note Speaking and Guest Lecturer Topics
Exotic Fabrics Around the World
Fabric Artist Anna Smith presents stories & examples of exotic fabrics and fibers from Central and South America, the South Pacific, Africa and Asia showcasing intricate molas, elaborate batiks, historic tapas and luxurious natural fibers that inspire all travelers, sewers, quilters and fabric junkies.
Exotic Fabrics of Europe & Africa Textiles
Fabric Artist Anna Smith will highlight fashion styles of the historic Mediterranean and fabrics such as lace, leather, tapestries and silks visiting fabric use and production from ancient times, Renaissance Europe, the Mediterranean and the Industrial Revolution to today’s chic shopper.
All About Silk
Fabric Artist Anna Smith tells the story of silk, its history, many uses and amazing features in a multimedia presentation that entertains and informs. Enjoy touching samples from the Silk Road, SE Asia and Japan and learn about silk’s many modern uses.
THE BATIK STORY
Fabric Artist Anna Smith reviews the art of Batik, its history and techniques and reveals its very unique processes and craft. Anna’s sample collection augments this fascinating presentation.
Latin American Fabrics – a Fiesta of Color
Join fabric artist Anna Smith for lecture featuring the color and diversity of Latin American textiles and fibers from Mexico, Central and South America. Samples from Anna’s shopping endeavors abound in this entertaining and informative talk.
THINGS YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTO TRANSFER TECHNIQUES/Q&A SESSION (joint lecture with David Smith)
David Smith presents answers to passenger questions on digital photography and Anna Smith will demonstrate photo transfer to fabric techniques in an informal & fun session. Both will share images captured and travel stories from their cruise travels around the world.
Photo Transfer Workshop (2
to 2.5 hour session)
CAPTURE THE MEMORIES.Fabric artist Anna Smith demonstrates how to produce photo transfers
to preserve your favourite photographs onto fabric and open doors to expand your
creativity for art quilts, wall hangings to everyday bags and treasured gift
items. This simple technique will give quilters, stitchers and fabric artists
new ways of using and sharing their memory photographs.