Abigail spent large amounts of time as a child in the company of her grandma, an incredibly talented, hardworking seamstress, in a house strewn with loose threads and scraps of fabric.
There is nothing more natural to her than to work with fabric, using it to give life to the little creatures that form in her mind. Continuing to work in this way she feels forever connected to her childhood and the wonderful days she spent with her grandma.
Abigail is a continuous collector of fabrics, either bought new or used items she gathers to give new life to. She loves the colour and vibrancy of the new fabrics but the life that still lives on in an old garment or piece of cloth, and enjoys the process of turning it into something new. Her work centres around animals because they fascinate and inspire her.
Her work is all hand made; hand sewn by Abigail herself in her studio. Each piece is exquisitely crafted with great love and attention to detail. Whilst pieces are often replicated, no two will ever be the same and that is what makes each one such a treasure.
Abigail studied a BA in Surface Decoration and Printed Textiles, graduating in 2003. During and since that time she has worked as a designer and illustrator of children's books, children's wear, stationery, and greeting cards, and produced work for the advertising industry - all whilst continually exploring ideas in fabrics for herself.
After a magical journey exploring many countries around the world, Abigail moved to London eventually taking up residence at award winning Cockpit Arts in central London, where we spends her days amongst many other talented makers.
She has enjoyed coverage in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle Decoration and Selvedge, been included in books published in Germany, USA, UK, Japan, Sout Korea and Taiwan, and has sold her work through many beautiful stores including Liberty in London, Takashimaya in New York, Bensimon in Paris, Paul Smith in both London in Paris and through smaller but equally exquisite boutiques the world over.
She lives in East London with her boyfriend and a whole host of strange little creatures.
Photo by Sarah Cuttle