Annabelle Collett: Creator and Catalyst by Kathie Muir
Annabelle Collett: Creator and Catalyst by Kathie Muir and published by Wakefield Press.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Annabelle Collett was a South Australian designer and artist whose work embraced art, design, and craft. Her fashion designs and particularly her dramatic knitwear produced under the Ya Ya Oblique Clothing label, attained international recognition. Her work also encompassed furniture design, graphics, costume, and interior design, public art and environments. From the early 1990's Annabelle concentrated on making sculptural art pieces about the human form and its coverings, looking at the functions and cultural meaning of attire with reference to ideas about gender, the body and sexuality. In more recent years Collett also investigated notions of camouflage, disguise, pattern and the affect of disruptions to pattern. She is also known for a series of works with recycled and found plastics that focused on re-purposing waste and challenged the widespread adoption of single-use plastics. Having been based in Adelaide most of her career, she moved to Clayton Bay in 2009 where she enjoyed a rich collaboration with communities in the Alexandria region as well as pursuing her own practice.