Anna Ruiz

Printmaker and Print Designer

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I work with printmaking and print design to create unique

hand-made images. With a background in the fast-paced fashion industry, I am now devoted to the slow and contemplative process of linocut, a relief printing technique, in which sight, sound, smell and touch play an integral role.

 

My illustrations often combine imagery derived from dreams and research into fairytales. They are invitations to the viewer to bring attention to the richness of their own inner world, fostering well-being. Increasingly, my artistic inquiry is focused on exploring the stages of women’s psychological growth, and how these stages are represented symbolically in both the mythology of past civilizations and the imagination of women today.

 

I graduated with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication in 2007 and have received further training at the Art Academy London. Following graduation I worked as a print designer for Blackstone Design, a fashion retailer, alongside other clients including Topshop and Asos. I practiced as a Senior Designer for the acclaimed fashion designer Jonathan Sanders and I am a long-standing collaborator of artist, designer and enterpreneur Cristian Zuzunaga and his brand Zuzunaga.

In the recent years I have been regularly creating prints for the established fashion and homeware brand Oliver Bonas.

Alongside being a working mother of two, I have developed my independent artistic work, a follower base and have set up a studio in SE18 with an etching press from the late 1800s.

 

In 2017 I presented a solo exhibition at Club Casa Camper in Barcelona titled “Welcome to the Show” and in 2020 I was part of the charitable project TotCor (“All Heart”) created to help people express beyond what they can put into words. My prints have been included in the collectable bi-annual publication The Liberty Book (London, 2019) and featured in the bi-lingual journal Wimblu (Costa Rica, 2020) sharing stories at the threshold of ecology and culture. 

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