Annie Coggan

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Industry Architecture
Occupation Designer/Artist
Introduction My theoretical work is research based. Reading history, visiting house museums and making pilgrimages to historic sites result in a built manifestation: a chair, a room, a place. The work is inspired by the writing of historian Lauren Thatcher Ulrich and her examination of the material culture of early American settlers, women in particular, and how cloth making is key to the production of history. I have ventured to do the inverse of her process, developing material culture from the research rather than observing material culture for a cultural critique. The work tries to examine questions of economics, sensibility and cultural values by using the process of stitching, embroidery and needlework as a tool for empathy. The research provides the impetus for design decisions and offers a take on history, identity and values by embellishing the reality with design interventions.