News & Events

Now Available!  Anne Selby film "ARASHI SHIBORI - Pleating on Silk" - 45 minutes of techniques and tools. Click here to view Anne's film trailer

Events 2015:

  • Anne  gave a talk at the Bath Textiles Summer School - an exciting new event in Bath, .  She also  exhibited at the Textile Fair  on the last day of the Summer School,  at the American Museum in Britain, Bath.


  • Another busy and stimulating Arashi Shibori course just took place at West Dean, this time in glorious spring, with the gardens looking wonderful for those who had time to explore! Participants worked late into the evening each day, and went home with many pleated pieces and inspiration to do more.

  • Anne was delighted to be invited to judge a regional final of the SDC International Design competition this spring - they have just appointed the national finalist and runner up - for further information, please see their website, .

Events 2014:

  •  Anne has recently  exhibited at Eunique, in Germany, for the second time. As always, a high quality event, with a superb fashion show, taking place right in front of Anne's stand! Her new leather statement pieces were received enthusiastically, and we are delighted to have met galleries from Switzerland, Germany and France, whom we will be supplying through 2014. See a video of the event by clicking here 


  • Anne ran a very successful  3 day course at West Dean early in AWrap up session at West Dean April 2014pril.  For the very first time, she taught teaching luxurious pleated silk boa (sample size), and even included demonstrating how to wire the pleated edges of a concertina sample. To be repeated spring 2015.




  • Craft, a new section of Top Drawer, the trade show, took place 12-14 January, and we have been delighted with the response to Anne's work. We look forward to supplying new customers that Anne met on the stand.

Events 2013:

  • Anne's work with pleating leather is progressing well, and a new range of pleated leather and silk collars is planned for 2014.
  • Anne has just returned from two London exhibitions, MADE LONDON, at ONE Marylebone and HANDMADE IN BRITAIN, at Chelsea Town Hall. A chance to meet regular clients and new customers, both events were lively and very successful.
  • Anne attended The Celtic Kingdon Festival of Silk, 2013, where she was a speaker and exhibitor in the Fashion show. Her first visit to the Isle of Man for over 40 years, it was a delightful event, professionally organised and full of enthusiasts to the world of applying colour to silk.
  • Having just visited Santa Fe while travelling in South Western USA, Anne is delighted to announce that her work is now available at Origins, W.San Francisco Street. Here we are modelling some of their stock of my products.



  • Art Couture Painswick used a unique collar of 8 layers of pleated  leather and silk made by Anne for the World Shibori Network exhibition in Hong Kong 2011, to promote their recent  annual Festival on Sunday 14th July. The outfit was made by Jan Knibbs, a textile designer and embroiderer who regularly integrates Anne's pleating into her designs. The neckpiece was the inspiration for the whole outfit.

  • Anne's exhibition ' Pleating the Japanese Way'  at Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire,  opened on 30th July, and runs until 26th October. Some of Anne's work will be available from the shop. 
  • The Surface Design Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, was a great success - wonderful location, inspirational key speakers, and a packed programme. Anne's talk was very well received, as was the work and equipment she had at the trunk show, and her piece in the fashion show.
  • In April, Anne taught fashion students of Northampton University how to pleat leather using Compleat. This took place at the Institute for Creative Leather Techologies, and was part of a Creative Leather Applications course. Their response was hugely positive, as they created pieces for their degree and end-of-year shows, coming soon! Anne took the opportunity of access to finishing equipment in the tannery, to experiment with embossing pleated leather, with exciting results



  • Anne  taught a second 3 day course at West Dean, in Chichester, Sussex in March, and for the first time, showed participants how to make a small Fibonacci Boa. At her next course in 2014, this will be built into the programme as extension work on the basic pleating course, so more experienced pleaters can begin to experiment with multi-layering of different silks. As always, students worked extremely hard, from early in the morning to 10 pm at night, and went home laden with pleated samples and scarves.



  • Leather careers day, Northampton University, 27th February. Anne exhibited her new developments in pleating leather at this exhibition event, which was an opportunity for undergraduates to explore work experience and career opportunities in the leather industry. It was a superb opportunity to get a response from the leather sector on how pleating of leather can be done using Compleat, and the samples caused significant interest. Anne will be continuing to develop her relationship with the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies at Northampton University during 2013.
  • We are delighted to announce the appointment of a distributor for Asia,for the Compleat Wrapping Machine. Albert Chan is based in Hong Kong, and can be contacted on .


Events 2012:


  • Anne is working with Pittards of Yeovil, the leather specialists, on pleating  goat, sheep and bovine leather - more news to follow soon.
  • Anne's work is featured in an exhibition 'Transformations' at The De Morgan Centre, Wandsworth., 14th November - 19th January 2013.
  • Anne exhibited at Handmade in Chelsea, 16 - 18th November.  Wonderfully organised as always by Piyush, and in a fantastic location, it was the event to be seen at! See an image of my latest show-piece, a 6 layered organza ruffle, being admired on
  • Anne exhibited at Art Couture Painswick, on 15th July - the only dry day for weeks! It was a great success; see their website to get a feel for this unique event.
  • Anne’s work is to be included in Mary Schoesser’s next publication;  ‘Textiles: The Art of Mankind’, Thames & Hudson this Autumn 2012.
  • We are delighted to have been invited to make Anne's work available online for the first time through Boticca, an online boutique that specialises in unique design-led accessories. .



  • Anne recently returned from exhibiting at Eunique, in Karlsruhe, Germany. This was her first visit to a wonderful venue, with  international exhibitors and visitors from many parts of Europe and further afield. Her catwalk show was a great success, leading to much interest and significant sales. A film of the catwalk show can be reached by clicking here







  • Anne's work was on show at Henley Royal Regatta this summer, where it was much admired. 


Events 2011:


    Anne spoke at this Symposium, and showed her new film on Arashi Shibori. She also participated in the Trunk Show, with great success. Four Chinese universities have expressed interest in the Compleat Wrapping Machine, and  another visit to Hong Kong is now being planned.   










  • MARGO SELBY Wearable Art Sale - Anne's  work was included in an exhibition being held at Margo Selby's store, 4-11 Galen Place, London WC1A 2JR. This is likely to become a regular event to showcase   wearable art designed by British artists.


  • Origin - This took place for the second year at Spitalfields, in London, and was once again a great event for Anne. As well as making new connections with galleries to stock her work (including Edinburgh and London, details to be announced soon), Anne's work is featured by Hali Magazine, Cover, in their blog,    


  • Art in Action - For the third year, Anne demonstrated Arashi Shibori techniques at Art in Action. It was, as ever, a wonderful event, with well over 20,000 visitors, and no rain (at least, not during exhibtion hours). Anne's space this year was huge, so she was able to demonstrate both her machine and hand-wrapping techniques, and on the first day, a hot discharge process. Her new range of Organza ruffles were a huge success, as was the new film, just released, on shibori pleating.




  • We  exhibited the Compleat Arashi Shibori Wrapping Machine at Texprocess in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2011. 16,000 visitors came through the show, and we met many potential customers for the machine and the 'Designed By' range of pleated  silk scarves (see below for more about this).
  • Over the last 6 months, we have been investing time and resources in the installation of a workshop in Sri Lanka, where two of our machines are  being used by a team trained by Anne to make a 'Designed By' range of Arashi Shibori scarves. These are now available from the Grenville Room at the British Museum, where they have been selling extremely well. You can also order them direct from us - please call or email for details. Price £120, and four colourways available at present.
  • Anne Selby Ltd was  selected as one of only 15 finalist in the Born Global competition, a new initiative aimed at finding the best new exporting business in the South West, competing for a share in a £40,000 cash prize.   90 applicants  presented their work and business to a panel of experts during January and February. 30 shortlisted applicants were then whittled down to 15, and the final took place on March 1st. It was filmed by the BBC, and  was shown on Points West. We are proud to have participated and done so well.