ANNIKA REED

Annika Reed Portrait

Yours is a home like no other and in a world craving variety and originality, Annika Reed designs offer unique creations for people who love a life less ordinary.

The journey to crafting exquisite wallpaper and fabrics....

My love affair with print and colour began in childhood. I was constantly surrounded by pattern books in my dad’s upholstery workshop. After school I would sit and admire his latest creation, transforming objects most would abandon into exquisite pieces of furniture. I used old swatches of fabric to make homes for my toys, cutting them up and using them as carpet and wallpaper in a cardboard box. 

I went on to achieve a 1st class Honours degree from the University of Brighton and six years later an MA from University of Arts London in Fine Art Printmaking with a specialism in woodblock printing. I received many awards for my printmaking and worked alongside masters of my craft in China, Portugal and America.

In 2018, while pregnant with my daughter, I wanted to decorate her nursery in wallpaper that came to life, that would fill her head with images and ideas that she would remember forever. There was nothing on the market that was fun, yet sophisticated, quirky but not childish. It was clear I’d have to make her wallpaper myself. That’s when both Annika Reed Studio and my daughter were born. 

The Printing Process 

All Annika Reed designs begin with a sketchbook and pen. I refine then hand draw the images onto a piece of Asian wood, where I carve them according to the age-old practices I learned whilst doing a residency at the University of Shanghai in China, in 2006. 

While in China I worked alongside masters in woodblock printing and developed my unique style.

Traditional woodcuts are printed from separate blocks, one created for each colour. I work differently, carving away each colour, one at a time, and use the same block to print all the layers of my designs. 

It takes at least a month to complete a full series of carvings and colour layers. If I make a mistake, I can’t know it until the end of the process. If I make a mistake, I’ve lost a month and have to start from scratch -- so chance plays a big role in the final outcome.

This process of wood carving and painting in layers produces uniquely rich, layered, painterly prints.

I print all designs by hand in my studio in London using non-toxic techniques.

Ink is rolled onto the wood and printed over the previous layer. Some designs only need one colour, others require several.

 

Exhibitions include

(Solo)

2015 Insignificant Little Blob, ASC Gallery, London

2013 Fish Tea and the Everlasting Hero, Rhyme Factory, London

2012 Old Timers for Old Times, Exeter

(Group)

2019 London Design Fair, Old Truman Brewery

2015 Creekside Open 2015, Selected by Lisa Milroy, A.P.T Gallery, London

2014 Clifford Chance Purchase Print Prize, Clifford Chance, London

2014 MA Select Showcase, Camberwell Space

2014 MA Degree Show, Camberwell College of Art

2014 Pomegranate, Camberwell Interim Show

2013 Paperwork, Inland Studios, London

2013 Paperwork, Diving School, Bristol,

2013 Proof, Brixton East, London

2013 MAtrix, Bride Well Theatre, London

Residencies:

2014 Bartolomeu dos Santos Residency, Tavira, Portugal

2006 Chinese Residency, University of Shanghai 

Awards:

2020 Best Wallpaper, Homes and Garden BUILD 

2020 Best Children's Wallpaper, LUX awards 

2015 Creekside Open 2015, Best in Show selected by Lisa Milroy

2014 London Print Studio Graduate Award

2014 Clifford Chance Purchase Print Prize

2014 The Edward Ardizzone Award

2014 Artichoke Printmaking Award

2014 Shortlisted Bloomberg New Contemporaries

2013 Art Council Funding for Paperwork, Publication

2007 ‘Best in Show’ University of Nagoya, Japan

2007‘Highly Commended’ Burt and Brill and Cardens

Collaborations and Community Projects

National Portrait Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Paperwork

Clifford Chance

Read Horse

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

TRADE SHOW

2020, Decorex, Virtual Designscape

2019 London Design Fair, Truman Brewery, London 

SOLO

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

GROUP

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