Annie Sloan, renowned paint and colour expert, author, and artist, is one of our prestigious alumni. One of the world’s most popular experts in the field of decorative painting, who has been named one of “Britain's most influential female designers.” Annie has had a highly successful, broad, and varied career in the creative industries since her time studying Art at Reading.
“I have had a very rich and journeyed career, all of which I owe to my expertise in colour, design, and art. I am so grateful to have been able to spend seven years studying Fine Art as a postgraduate – unthinkable these days!”
“I was working full-time as a furniture restorer and painter, whilst looking after my three young sons, and I needed a paint which would apply to any surface, cut out the need for sanding, and dry quickly. Inventing Chalk Paint saved me hours of time every day, improved my work vastly, and meant I could have furniture back in place before my eldest got home from school. Other people soon noticed and began to ask me for my recipe.”
“The best thing about my position is enabling and inspiring other people to embrace their creative side. It’s good for the soul and for your mental health to have a creative outlet. My Chalk Paint offers a quick and easy way to rediscover that side of yourself.”
“I came as a postgraduate so I was already very much in love with the art form. However, it was the basis for falling in love to a greater degree. I had my own studio to myself and was given wonderful freedom to explore and expand my ideas.”
Annie is focused on inspiring others and spreading awareness of her revolutionary paint, she has worked with Create Academy which allows people to gain inspiration, in-depth insights, and go behind the scenes with some of the most sought-after designers working today.
“I worked with Create Academy in the hope of spreading the word about Chalk Paint and inspiring people with the confidence to begin their own painted products. I also train all my hand-picked independent business owners in the Chalk Paint method and basic colour theory when they are selected to become Stockists. My mission is to teach and spread my expertise! Knowledge is power!”
“Get stuck in! Don’t be discouraged by the state of the industry. Don’t compare yourself to your peers. Don’t worry about imposter syndrome, or about making fashionable work, or creating for a reason, create for creations sake and you’ll find your voice, your purpose, and a whole lot of beautiful work.”