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My Bones Are Woven

What inspires someone to start on a dramatically new venture in later life? Ann Sutton won world acclaim as a weaver and industrial textile designer working for designers like Ralph Lauren and Issey Miyake. But, aged 78, she gave up her looms and dedicated herself instead to pushing the boundaries of fine art. In her ‘laboratory’ of a studio in Sussex she works alongside her assistant Ruth to turn her endless ideas into radical creations. She is a magnet for artistic collaborators who visit to enjoy her energy and wry humour. Suddenly Ann’s world changes with curators from Britain’s biggest art institutions knocking on her door. As Ruth prepares Ann’s work for the Tate, she is also finalising her own packing to retire to Cornwall. Ann, now 86, deals with Ruth’s teary farewell in the only way she can. She is back in the studio creating what she feels is her best work yet. Ann continues to squeeze every last ounce out of life and leaves us all wondering: should we be doing the same?