Fast Forwarding Furniture Design

Fast Forwarding Furniture Design

Furniture maker Annie Evelyn 99 FD/MFA 07 has earned a $25,000 John D. Mineck Fellowship from the Society of Arts and Crafts. Currently in her third year as an artist in residence at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, she’s known for her alternative upholstery techniques – using everything from concrete to metal to Swarovski crystals in unexpected ways.

“What we could tell from her application is that Annie is a superstar,” Luiza deCamargo, an associate curator at the Society of Arts and Crafts, told Woodshop News. “We wanted to give her the opportunity to keep moving forward with the speed and excitement that she’s been generating. I think we can expect to see really great things from her.”

Evelyn has taught at RISD, Parsons and Anderson Ranch, among other places, and also earned a Windgate Furniture residency at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Turning and Furniture Design. She says she’ll use this latest prize to “purchase tools for a studio that can also function as a community space.”

photos by Mercedes Jelinek

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