I was constantly surrounded by pattern books as a child, as my dad is an upholsterer. After school I would sit in his workshop and admire his latest creation, transforming objects most would abandon into exquisite pieces of furniture.
Fabric and patterns became imprinted into my subconscious and began my love affair with colour.
I gained a 1st class Honours degree from the University of Brighton and 6 years later an MA from UAL both in Fine Art Printmaking. My MA final show was ambitious, a 3 metre woodblock and stop frame animation installation spanning 2 walls.
I won many awards for this piece including Best in Show by Lisa Milroy at the Creekside open.
I was awarded a residency in Portugal at Bartolomeu Dos Santos studio in Tavira. Dos Santos was a master in etching and had taught Paula Rego to aquatint. In his studio I lived and worked for 10 days.
Inspired by Dos Santos etched murals in Lisbon, I wanted to make my work on an even bigger scale - the idea for wallpaper was born.
A few years later I became pregnant and wanted to decorate the nursery – I was aiming for fun yet sophisticated. I couldn’t find any wallpapers to fit my brief and most where gender stereotypical. So, I set to design my own…
My daughter and Annika Reed Studio were born.
I founded Annika Reed Studio in 2018 with a desire to make beautiful prints leap out of the frame and into your home.
Juxtaposing fine art and design, fusing traditional printmaking techniques with modern digital printing. It’s time to discover a place that sits in the middle of the old and the new.
2019 London Design Fair, Truman Brewery, London
2015 Insignificant Little Blob, ASC Gallery, London
2013 Fish Tea and the Everlasting Hero, London
2012 Old Timers for Old Times, Exeter
2007, Shanghai University, China
2017 Empire II, Venice Biannual, Venice
2016 Woolwich Open, London
2016 Loop, Bankside, London
2015 Creekside Open, Selected by Lisa Milroy, A.T.P Gallery, London
2014 Select Showcase, Camberwell Space