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Annie Sloan set up her ‘Painters in Residence’ programme in order to promote interesting and inspirational ways of using Chalk Paint® through collaboration with creatives around the world.
The concept is very loosely based on the way an art gallery or museum will, from time to time, have an ‘artist in residence’ to inhabit those places as a way to get inspired to create their own works inside or outside the venue.
Painters in Residence are selected by invitation only. Each Painter in Residence is carefully selected by Annie based on their style and the interesting work they create. They won’t be taking up residence at Annie Sloan HQ, but they will be exploring the boundaries of decorative furniture painting. They are all different in approach, colour, tone and textures and their styles range from French elegance to funky Bohemian to quirky rustic country fused with loud fabrics.
Visit our Inspiration page or follow Annie's blog to see pictures and how to's from all our Painters in Residences' projects. And remember to follow #PaintersInResidence on Instagram and Facebook, as well as Annie's Painters in Residence board on Pinterest.
Charlie Anne Massey, better known as Girl in Blue Designs, first picked up a Chalk Paint® brush whilst pregnant with her daughter and finding herself with a little spare time. What started as a hobby has now turned into a fully-fledged business for Charlie, who sources second-hand furniture in her home state of Georgia, USA to upcycle with Chalk Paint® and sell on her Etsy shop. You can expect ombrés, distresses, layering and more from this furniture painting fanatic during her residency. You can follow her projects as they're revealed on our Inspiration page.
Australian sister-in-law duo Fanny and Jemma of 'shed eleven' live in the leafy North Shore area of Sydney, Australia. Fanny was born in Ivory Coast, Africa, and Jemma in Papua New Guinea. They both describe nomadic childhoods which developed into a shared love of travel in adulthood. They paint furniture, largely commissions, for their business from a shed in Jemma’s garden, at house Number 11 – where shed eleven was born! You can follow their projects as they're revealed on our Inspiration page.
At home on a hill country sheep farm in a small region of New Zealand, surrounded by her two children and a little spare time, Jeanie Simpson first picked up a paint brush and found her love for up-cycling furniture and homeware. She has always had a strong interest in art and design - something that she draws on heavily for inspiration in her pieces which are all meticulously researched. Jeanie is also passionate about re-using tired, unloved furniture from the past because of the better quality workmanship and materials, and the sense of history not seen in modern pieces.
Originally from the Netherlands, Hester is an inspirational DIY-er who has based herself in the UK for the last 14 years. She lives in the seaside town of Ramsgate with her partner, her daughter Kiki and dog, Kermit. Hester says “I've been making things all my life; my mum taught me how to work with fabric and my dad showed me woodwork and power tools.” During her residency, you can expect upcycles, hacks, and heaps of Nordic style.
Based in Canada, Hungarian-born Ildiko Horvath has been creating wonderful work with Annie Sloan's paint and products over recent years. She has no formal training as either an artist or interior designer (she used to be a piano teacher in Hungary!), but has had her home featured on HGTV and in House and Home Magazine. She is the master of the ombré technique, gradually blending colours from one to the other and creating a gorgeously rich and sumptuous patina.
Jonathon Marc Mendes in the UK
Hanayuishi Takaya in Japan
Simon Olsson in Sweden
Jelena Pticek in Canada
Tim Gould in the UK
Abigail*Ryan in Northern Ireland
Agnieszka Krawczyk in Poland
Karen Donnelly in the USA
Alex Russell Flint in France
Beau Ford in Australia
Janice Issitt in the UK