On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast my guest is the artist Ann Wood.

Ann works with found and salvaged materials, many of them vintage or antique garments. She’s interested in transformation, turning cardboard boxes from the fancy grocery store on her block into turreted castles, and ruined old petticoats and gowns into seas for paper mache boats. She loves to give the most common materials and tired, dispirited, faded things new importance and meaning.

Throughout her life Ann’s been infatuated with smallness, intricacies, miniaturization, collections, repetition; lost or abandoned things discovered and rescued; the idea of haunted and enchanted places, and the setting of a tiny stage. Ann lives Brooklyn, New York.

Ann Wood's WorkA sampling of Ann’s work. All photos courtesy Ann Wood.

Ann and I have an in-depth conversation about creativity and process and publishing. Hear her journey from doing client work for companies like Snickers and Toyota to delving into the personal work she’s now so well-known for.

Ann is getting ready to release her first patterns, beginning with her signature bird. We talk about her decision to begin selling PDF patterns, her experience teaching at Squam, and her collaborations with Fortuny and Sri Textiles.

An episode of the While She Naps podcast wouldn’t be complete without recommendations of things my guest is loving right now. Ann recommends:

We also talk about this film of The Royal Ballet doing The Tales of Beatrix Potter and Ann’s cardboard horse stampede.

Find Ann Wood online at annwoodhandmade.com and sign up for her mailing list so that you’re the first to know when her new work and her patterns are released.

Talking with Ann was a real treat for me and I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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