Annie Robina was born in Barry, South Wales in 1957.
1975 : Cardiff College of Art Foundation Diploma
1976 : University of London Goldsmiths College . Degree Fine Art/ Printmaking
1980 : University London Goldsmiths College PGCE Art and CDT
In 1982 Anne returned to her native home of South Wales, where she began to raise a family of four sons.
Fine Art/ Printing was her first speciality, and stained glass as a working medium, came from a single project.
From this first panel Anne found herself captivated by the magical transformation that takes place when light passes through coloured glass.
Directed by the principles of light transmission, the interplay of light and colour by reflection and passage through glass awakened a new vitality within her design horizons. Her previous extensive art training, and the disciplines of printing and teaching were expanded in a new and deeply satisfying direction.
As a working medium, glass can first appear alien in it’s rigidity, and requires rigour and precision compared to the more instinctive freedom of pen and ink. However, a finished piece of stained glass creates an atmosphere, and it makes an impact as it is constantly changing in the play of light from dawn to dusk and is imbued with vitality. It can overwhelm the senses with restless swirling forms that fragment the light source and disrupt the viewers focus. It also has the ability to invoke a sense of the spiritual into the most phlegmatic of individuals.
Anne has fully developed craft working skills, honed over many years. All of her projects can be designed to employ one or more of the techniques of copper foiling, leading, glass painting, glass fusion or a combination of them all within one piece.
Anne now lives in a rural part of Monmouthshire, surrounded by trees and woodland, and it is from this environment that she takes most of her inspiration. Her own designs display organic free flowing forms, where she creates her own pictorial language using symbolism of a Pagan influence. The work that evolves is essentially Celtic and often spiritual, nostalgic for a time of Folklore and legend long since passed.
If you would like to get in touch with Annie to ask about any glass design tuition courses or to comment on any of her work, please visit the contact page here.