Ann Sutton went to Cardiff College of Art, then led West Sussex College of Art weave department. She has travelled, lectured and exhibited all over the world, and her work is in many public and private collections, including 24 pieces purchased by the V&A. She was awarded MBE for services to textiles. Ann Sutton is known, internationally, for her innovative work in woven textiles, and has written nine books on the subject. Ann Sutton is a weaver, prolific writer and active educator who specialises in the use of computerised looms. A vocal pioneer of new technology, she has ventured into innovative making practices within an arena where traditional processes are usually employed.
Ann began collecting Junichi Arai’s work in the early 1980’s and went on to produced textile collections with him in the late 1980’s including woven textiles, raschel, warp knits, embroidery and specialized finishing techniques. Their friendship/connection has lasted to this day.