Anna Fiedler’s Art-Filled Home & Studio
Photography by Camille Laddawan
This week we’re back in Melbourne visiting multidisciplinary artist Anna Fiedler at her home in Fitzroy North shared with housemates Henry and Grace. We’ve been a fan of Anna’s intricately woven pieces for quite some time now and were thrilled to also get a glimpse of her gallery space in nearby Collingwood. We spoke to Anna about her creative practice, impressive collection of art and what she’s most looking forward to for this year. A special thank you to Anna’s friend Camille Laddawan who photographed this story so beautifully on film.
“I have been living here for just over a year. I love how this home feels so calm. I instantly feel soothed and relaxed after a day in the studio. My bedroom is a cozy nook surrounded by large windows and greenery. My favourite part is that I can see the stars at night from my bed.”
“I like to keep my bedroom pretty minimal. I prefer a few pieces of intentional furniture and objects that I have collected over time, placed in a way that feels spacious and harmonious. I often do trades with friends. “
Anna’s bed is dressed with IN BED 100% linen in White.
"I have works by Gabriella D’Costa, David Borg, Camille Moir, Andrea Smith and my sister. And jewellery by Santangelo, MLD, Camille Moir and Old Jewelry. A Pettine comb made by Sati Leonne Faulks. One of my favourite objects is a hair clip I found at the Lorne Op Shop.”
“All of my furniture is secondhand. My chest of drawers are from Homebody and the bookshelf is from Greens Furniture in Thornbury.”
“I work predominantly in weaving and painting and use various materials, currently florist wire. My practice is forever changing. I started out as a photographer and studied at RMIT. I then moved to fine art at VCA and decided I wanted to weave. Since then it has been a continual exploration of weaving.”
“My practice is based around painting the warp threads before weaving. This is a feature in most of my work and is the main process when working with ideas. This process is a connection to the rich history of dyeing textiles. The paint is diluted with water and as I paint, the yarn soaks it up and when dried, I weave it through and it becomes an image.”
“I have various sized looms, two large for my woven paintings and a small one for my bags. I thread the warp onto the loom which is then tied and pulled tight. I then paint onto the vertical warp threads, wait for it to dry, and then weave. The warp threads of my bags are also painted. The design of the bags came together during covid lockdowns, with so much trial and error. I wanted to make sure the bags were incredibly strong. They are woven and stitched using one thread throughout the entire bag. It is all woven in one continuous piece, handles included. I then cut it off the loom and sew up the sides with the same thread.”
I have various sized looms, two large for my woven paintings and a small one for my bags.
“In 2023 I’m most looking forward to new projects and collaborations that I am currently working on. Shows in 2023 and 2024. I hope to travel more and possibly some residencies too.”