Annie says: Joy, laughter, and the unexpected have always been at the heart of my work. I want to make things that make people happy. When I received a Windgate Grant for furniture in 2011 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Turning an Furniture Design I began experimenting with upholstering with wood, using traditional upholstery techniques. Using wood allows me to control the surface patterns. The Scotty is a collaboration with artist and studio mate Scotty Albrecht.
My Grandparents owned a furniture company called Old Colony Furniture before I was born. So I grew up with an appreciation for fine furniture. When I went to Rhode Island School of Design when I was 18 I was originally planning to major in Fashion Design. But last minute changed my major to Furniture and never looked back. I stuck with the fabrics though and became a professional upholsterer as well as furniture maker after I graduated.