Anna Benham is a British designer who has had the privilege of seeing her work made into many different products for the fashion industry. Her designs were bought by a number of prestigious companies including Giorgio Armani, Harrods and Royal Grafton.
After leaving school, she traveled abroad for a number of years and found inspiration from the diverse influences of the countries she traveled: the rich Susan fabrics from the silk trail of Bukhara in Uzbekistan, the costumes of the Nigerian women, and the watercolors of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow where she studied for a year.
Anna returned to her hometown of Bath, England where she took up residency in a camper van in her parent’s garden. There she took a few old dyes she had remaining from her art school days and began to paint. She sold her first piece of work eight weeks later to the British Fashion Company, Monsoon. For the next seven years, her designs were produced into silk scarves, fabrics, greeting cards, packaging, china mugs, posters and kitchenware. These products were sold in a number of countries as well as in Britain.
After having her first two children, Anna stopped painting for a number of years in order to spend more time with her family. Now that her children are older, Anna is back to her love of painting and producing handmade custom home decor and tableware from her new home in Moscow, Idaho.