First Decade Interview with Ann Sutton
Digital sound file of First Decade interview with Ann Sutton, 01:03:42.
In this 2015 First Decade interview, the weaver Ann Sutton (b. 1935) recounts some of her accomplishments and most interesting experiences. The interview begins with Sutton describing her first workshop on a small housing estate in Mollington, Banbury, in 1975–76. She describes how eight housewives, her £5 start-up budget and her own techniques resulted in a fine mohair bedspread commissioned by Harrods and an interview with Kim Evans, then a BBC presenter. Sutton speaks about her early involvement with the Crafts Council, her 1980s P&O ‘craft cruises’ on the SS Uganda, her love affair with Japan and establishing the Arundel Gallery Trail. Always forward-thinking and passionate about technology, she talks about the maker search software Sight Specific, which she developed for the Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers in the late 1960s – way ahead of its time – and the eagerness with which she sees how quickly technologies develop today.