Born in Germany in 1963, Anke Fox has been a resident of Canada since 1986.
Since graduating from the NSCAD University in Halifax in 1992 with a Major in Textiles and a Minor in Art History, Anke has been actively pursuing her career in textiles as an artist, designer and educator.
She has created textiles for over 25 years and has developed a very high level of craftsmanship in her field. Through her exploration of cloth she has acquired a broad range of techniques, from felting to screen printing large scale photographic imagery, from dyeing with lichens and rust to heat transfer dye sublimation, from back-strap weaving to digital weaving and laser cutting.
Anke has exhibited her textiles widely in North America, Europe and Asia, has received numerous grants to pursue her craft and won various awards for her work.
In recent years she was drawn to work collaboratively. She co-owned Armstrong Fox Textiles with Lesley Armstrong and created textiles for public and private art commissions. In 2006 they won the national Textile Design Competition for the Hespeler Public Library Expansion Project in Cambridge, Ontario.
From 2009 to 2011 Fox was part of the @lab research team at the Centre for Cultural Technology & Innovation in Halifax to develop electronic textiles for architectural applications. During this interdisciplinary project she collaborated with architects, engineers, electronic artists and jewellers. She designed and created the majority of the textile components for the various projects, including The “Warming Hut” which was one of the finalists of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award in 2012.
Anke strongly believes in education and presenting work to the public. Her position as textiles technician at the NSCAD University provides her with endless opportunities to share her knowledge with the students and inspire them.
Her most recent project working as Artist-in-Residence with the Medical Humanities students at Dalhousie University in 2013/14 clearly demonstrated her sincere appreciation for the creative process and for tactile knowledge.
Her work has practical applications as well as the ability to provoke contemplation in the viewer. The textiles carry the sensuality of a finely crafted object as well as thought and emotion. Anke is interested in creating simple images, objects that will carry a sense of the intangibility of our existence, images that will evoke basic human emotions. Focusing on conveying tactile sensations and the passing of time, she strives to offer a sense of intimacy and preciousness.