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Ann Vollum

The BAIRD
5 Mead Street
South Orange, NJ 07079

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BeastlyBeasties.com
BeastlyBeasties.Wordpress.com
AnnVollumCalligraphy.Wordpress.com

British by birth, I was born in Africa and grew up overseas. In 1989, I moved to America for a couple of years...

The Beasties have become my identity, they help keep me anchored and are influenced by the traditional art forms of Africa, Pakistan and India.

I continue to explore combining abstract painting with drawing, much of the drawing work is done with the same pointed pen nibs I use as a calligrapher. New this year after taking a Beatrice Coron workshop is a fascination with cut paper.

My drawings evolve organically, they are never pre-planned, I draw directly in ink starting with an outline and then filling it in with patterns. I am interested in the way pattern transforms an ordinary shape into something extraordinary.

As a member of the Book Arts Roundtable, I create hand bound artist books, the latest books include a large cut paper book with over lays and a hand stitched and beaded scroll wall hanging. My books are never planned out in advance, I enjoy the way the story tells itself, and I am more creative for it.

BeastlyBeastie t-shirts are also available.

Influences: Edward Gorey, Henrich Drecher and Victoria Chess to name a few.

Areas of Specialization: Cut Paper, Pen and Ink drawings, Artist Books, Calligraphy

Websites
BeastlyBeasties.com: A Beastie a Day... ink drawings by Ann Vollum
BeastlyBeasties.Wordpress.com: The Beastly World of Ann
AVCalligraphy.com: Ann Vollum Calligraphy
AnnVollumCalligraphy.Wordpress.com: Ann Vollum Calligraphy

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"British by birth, I was born in Africa and grew up overseas. The Beasties have become my identity, they help keep me anchored and are influenced by the traditional art forms of Africa, Pakistan and India. My drawings evolve organically, they are never pre-planned, I draw directly in ink starting with an outline and then filling it in with patterns. I am interested in the way pattern transforms an ordinary shape into something extraordinary."