Painters in Residence
Annie Sloan set up her ‘Painters in Residence’ programme to collaborate with like-minded people and showcase the innovative and inspiring ways you can use Chalk Paint®.
How does it work?
Founded in 2014, the Painters in Residence concept is loosely based on the way an art gallery or museum will have an ‘artist in residence’, to live in the gallery as a way to get inspired to create art inside or outside the venue.
Each Painter in Residence is carefully selected and invited by Annie based on their skill as furniture painters and the pieces they create. They won’t be taking up residence at Annie Sloan HQ, but they will be exploring the boundaries of decorative furniture painting from their home studios. They are all different in approach, colour, tone, textures and style, and have been chosen from all around the world.
Meet our current resident and previous residents below, discover their style, residency projects and be inspired yourself. You can also visit our Inspiration page for 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.
Our Current Resident
Introducing Nick Spencer, the creative force behind Rocky Crystal and Annie Sloan’s upcoming Painter in Residence. With a style that’s best described as a captivating blend of boho and grunge, Nick’s charismatic work is undoubtedly 100% unique.
His journey as a full-time furniture painter began in 2008 within his family’s business based in Croydon, South London. Since then, he’s embarked on an artistic adventure, bringing his passion for vintage-style painted furniture with a French rustic flair to life. He’s worked extensively with Annie and spoken at events with our very own Jonathon Marc Mendes.
Nick’s talents have expanded to include the modern industrial aesthetic, and we particularly love watching him paint his Rock n Roll pieces alongside his son, showcasing and sharing his boundless creativity through the transformative power of paint. He’s poised to bring fresh perspectives and extraordinary designs to the world of furniture restoration and decoration, and we want him to share with all of us just how he does it. Stay tuned for his exciting residency with Annie Sloan!
Martine Lestage, founder of Atelier 1966, is based in Quebec, Canada. At the end of the 90s, Martine discovered Annie Sloan’s books and stencils. She started using them everywhere: in several areas of her house, on the porch of her parent’s cottage, on any kind of object, everywhere! There’s a reason Martine gets called “Miss Pochoir” (Mrs. Stencil in French!).
After raising her daughters and working for the real estate company she founded with her husband, Martine wanted to do something for herself, something for her personal fulfillment. Martine started transforming and upcycling furniture as a hobby, but it soon became a full-time job. Little did she know, many years later her work would be recognized throughout the world, particularly by Annie Sloan! Martine’s specialises in all forms of texture and colour.
Annie Sloan’s latest Painter in Residence is the fabulously talented Carina Reimers of The House Warmings. During her residency she’ll show you how to paint heavily-textured, rustic bohemian furniture that oozes character and charm.
We’re thrilled to announce Polish born, UK based glam-rock gothic furniture painter 84 Square as our Painter in Residence. 84 Square has delivered 6 maximalist, glamorous, totally jaw-dropping furniture transformations, complete with full follow along step-by-steps to inspire you at home to pick up a brush and start upcycling!
We’re thrilled to introduce the fabulous, colour-confident, maximalist Sabah Bardhan of Just Restore as Annie Sloan’s Painter in Residence. Sabah’s work is bright, bold and beautiful. It’s also rich with references to her upbringing in Mumbai, her life in the UAE and her love of East Asian artistic traditions (look out for her signature painted herons!).
Our recent residents
We’re delighted to announce Connecticut based, American furniture artist Olivia Lacy, aka Pigeon & Pip as Annie Sloan’s newest Painter in Residence. Immediately identifiable thanks to her whimsical, theatrical staging; Olivia has brought imagination and surrealism to the art of furniture painting. Follow her journey as she demonstrates how to use Chalk Paint® to bring a sprinkling of magic to your furniture and home.
Chalk Paint® Sky Dresser by Olivia Lacy
TILTON AND CREAM CHALK PAINT® CHEST OF DRAWERS
Diluted Chalk Paint® Cabinet with Olive Detailing
Emperor’s Silk and Olive Chalk Paint® Radio Cabinet
Athenian Black Chalk Paint® Chest of Drawers with Fox and Rabbit Design
Scandinavian Pink Chalk Paint® and Copper Transfer Leaf Striped Desk
Polly Coulson is closing 2020 with some remarkable painted pieces produced at her home in Sydney, Australia. Chosen as Annie’s Painter in Residence for her contemporary quirky cool and playful use of colour, this UK born upcycling maven has tonnes of stylish ideas to inspire you to take your furniture painting to the next level.
UK based Chloe Kempster is the brains and brush behind ‘Maisie’s House’. Simple styling allows the Fine Art details of this one-woman creative powerhouse’s painted furniture to really shine. Nothing is more persuasive an argument in favour of upcycling old instead of buying new than Chloe’s stunning, artistic, witty painted pieces. This is furniture art in its purest form; and it’s driven by a passion for sustainability, a desire to leave the world a better more beautiful place with each commission, and pure creative impetus! Catch Chloe on BBC show Money For Nothing, on her highly inspirational Instagram account, or right here as part of the Painters in Residence programme.
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. Her residency was all about ombrés, distresses, layering, and more.
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, from a shed in Jemma’s garden, at house Number 11 – where shed eleven was born!
shed eleven's projects
From a country sheep farm in a small region in New Zealand, Jeanie Simpson explores the art of up-cycling furniture and homeware using Chalk Paint®. Jeanie 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.
With four DIY books under her belt, Hester is an expert in her field. Originally from the Netherlands, Hester is now based in the seaside town of Ramsgate in the UK, where she has lived for the last 14 years with her partner, her daughter Kiki and her 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.” Her residency included 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.
Our past residents
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