Ann Newdigate is a visual artist who is currently writing and composing simple morality tales inspired by Jonathan Swift, and in deference to her studies in Anglo Saxon and Chaucer.
Previously she referenced instruction manuals, items from newspapers, or geography publications, and often represented the secret code of Pitmans shorthand. This practice has evolved into a signature digital font derived from her medieval style tapestry alphabet.
Because her preoccupation is with investigating codes of authority and value implicit in the dialogues between various technologies, she now also works with a computer to combine her drawing, text, and tapestry images in digital outputs on walls, vinyl, and fine art paper.
Ann Newdigate has a degree in African Studies and English Literature from the University of Cape Town (1964), a BFA (1976) and MFA (1988) from the University of Saskatchewan. She completed a post graduate year in the Tapestry Department of the Edinburgh College of Art (1980-81). Her work has been exhibited internationally, she represented Canada in the Lodz Tapestry Bienniale in Poland, and she has taught, been on conference panels, and given lectures in places as diverse as Tasmania and New York.
She studies and collects ancient and nomadic textiles. Significantly, her tapestry portraits are indebted to early Coptic miniatures.
Born in Grahamstown, South Africa, Ann Newdigate came to Canada in 1966, and now lives and works on Hornby Island, British Columbia.
(All images, unless otherwise stated, are drawings, tapestries and digital prints done by AN.)