Annabella Sardellis is a surface designer who specializes in textiles. As a printmaker she hand-prints her collections using woodcuts, screen prints and mono prints based on her India ink drawings. Her line INDIGO & SNOW features hand-dyed apparel and accessories that are handmade in Minneapolis, MN.
I began studying printmaking at the College of Wooster, and fell in love with the process of making repeating patterns and creating layers of design. For seventeen years I have been working as a printmaker, and more recently as a textile artist. Eight years ago, I began to integrate my love of textiles with printmaking. I create hand-printed textiles using woodcuts, mono prints and screen prints.
In 2013 I began hand-dyeing textiles, working with indigo and shibori. Shibori is a traditional Japanese technique of color-resist dyeing, involving intricate folds, stitches and tying that yields one-of-a-kind designs and patterns. My work is hand dyed in small batches using water-based fabric dyes. I launched INDIGO & SNOW, my line of hand-dyed apparel and accessories, in 2013.
Connecting my handmade work to my interest in environmental sustainability has been a major part of my business from the start. I have been an organic gardener for more than 20 years, majored in Environmental Studies in school, and have long worked with natural materials. My interest in natural dyeing stems directly from this connection to nature. In creating functional, beautiful items by hand, I use stones, wood and other elements from the landscape. It's a way of connecting these interests to my work as an artist and designer.