Ann Hall Richards is a full-time, self-employed artist and designer residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For almost 20 years, she has combined paper-making and hand-weaving techniques to create fiber sculptures which have been exhibited at some of the finest galleries and museums throughout the country, including the Smithsonian Institute’s National Building Museum. She also designs and produces custom clothing, costumes and accessories, and is one of the founders of the Mentorship Program at the Minnesota Textile Center and have been an Artist Mentor since the inception of that program.
“Most of my career I have focused on the creation of twined linen vessels which have been exhibited at some of the finest galleries and museums in the country. Using natural fibrous materials, I combine paper-making, hand-weaving and stitching techniques to create works which are intuitive representations of emotional life experiences. The repetitive nature of the creative process results in periods of meditation which reveal a new psychological understanding of the work. The work can then seem to take on a life of its own and evolve into something different from my original concept. I have always been inspired by natural organic forms, mythical stories and life-altering experiences. Recently, I have experimented with the use of human hair and am particularly intrigued by the interplay of light with these hair pieces. In much of my work I attempt to “push the envelope” both with respect to the types of materials I use and the personal nature of my artistic statement(s).”