Anne Farag comes from an exotic background, her father being Egyptian and her mother Swedish. Many collectors of her work insist that something of these infulences show through in her work.
Anne trained at Birmingham School of Jewellery in Silversmithing, gaining a credit in City and Guild in advanced diamond mounting. This course was highly technical, and although she knew she would probably never work with diamonds exclusively, she now uses the techniques in a highly creative way. After finishing college, Anne Farag worked part-time in the jewellery trade to help finance her career as a designer and maker. During this period she exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the British Isles.
Anne moved to the southwest in 1975 where she opened a jewellery craft shop in Totnes. It became well known for its unusual handmade jewellery, but she found it took up to much of her time in general administration and was gradually moving her further away from what she enjoyed doing most, which was actually making jewellery. She closed the shop in 1986.
Much of the inspiration that generates Anne's work comes from a rich variety of sources. Anne is particularly interested in cultures which tend to use a lot of patterns and decoration, both literal or abstract, ancient or modern, not to mention her mixed background, which obviously plays an unconscious role in her creativity. As a result of this mix Anne endeavours to introduce all these influences into her current work, which includes myriads of repeating patterns etched into silver. She then develops and enhances these these, adding semi-precious stones, in order to make contemporary and uniquely wearable jewellery.
Anne Farag is a member of the 'Design Gap' and exhibits throughout the U.K.