Josie Annear of Slower Dawn
Textiles and homewares designed and printed by Josie Annear.
Slower Dawn is the celebration of a slower pace of life and a slower approach to designing. Designs are hand painted and screen printed on ethically sourced linen, hemp and organic cotton meaning no two works are ever the same. Focusing on origins and process, all works are made with sustainability and ethical responsibilities kept in mind. Designs are drawn from Josie’s personal memories, experiences of nature and travel in foreign cultures.
The current collection, Totem, is about connecting with dreams, mythologies and archetypal imagery, examining the hidden depths of consciousness, rituals and imagination. It is the story of a primitive past that is still very much alive in the modern world.
This collection has been named after places in the remote East Sunda Island of Sumba, where Josie recently traveled. Here, the people still practice the cultures and religions of their ancestors and the past and present seem to have fused. Sumba is also one of the last remaining places on earth where Animism is still practiced as the main religion. Untamed and visually breathtaking, it is an island still wrapped in mystery, rituals and traditions.
Josie is a recent graduate from a Masters in Textile Design at the Whitehouse Institute of Design. She now combines freelance work with designing and creating textiles for Slower Dawn.