Reticulatus Backrest


Annie Evelyn
Reticulatus Backrest
Collaboration with Shae Bishop, hand-painted and glazed porcelain tiles, sapele wood, foam bench
44H x 44W x 1.5D
Item #343-02x

1 in stock

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This collaborative piece was created as a backrest for the Reticulatus Bench, or as a stand-alone wall panel.


Annie Evelyn – Bakersville, NC
Joy, laughter, and the unexpected are at the heart of Annie Evelyn’s work. Employing a range of materials (handmade paper flowers to Swarovski Crystals) and processes (tessellating metal pieces to create soft upholstered seating or embedding fresh cut flowers to add aroma), Evelyn uses furniture’s inherent interactive qualities and relationships to the human body to create new and surprising experiences.

From 2014-2017 Evelyn was resident artist at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and in 2016 was awarded The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship. She received both her BFA and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Evelyn has taught at RISD, California College of the Arts, Parsons – The New School, Haystack Mountain School, Penland School of Craft, and others. Her work has been featured on the cover of American Craft Magazine and published in Agata Toromanoff’s book, Impossible Design. She has been awarded Windgate Furniture residencies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018), and San Diego State University (2020). Evelyn had a solo show at the Houston Center for Craft and in 2018 was a finalist for the Burke Prize for contemporary craft and her work was included in an exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD).

Shae Bishop – Bakersville, NC
Shae Bishop was born in a small cabin in Tennessee and grew up mainly in Louisville Kentucky where he spent his childhood half at his desk and half in the woods, cultivating his two main passions: art and reptiles.

Choosing the path of a maker, he attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he earned his BFA in ceramics and art history. During his time as an undergraduate he also learned to sew garments and began a studio practice that explored the relationships between ceramics and textiles. Connections between the medias’ cultural histories, pattern-making systems, and interactions with the body led him to start a series of wearable garment-sculptures made of interlaced ceramic tiles.

After completing a two year residency at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Bishop moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. While there he worked as studio assistant to sculptor Cristina Córdova, became part of the local craft community, and assisted classes at the Penland School of Crafts and elsewhere. Bishop was recently a summer resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and since has travelled the country following studio and teaching opportunities with his partner Annie Evelyn, a furniture maker.

Bishop’s artwork is heavily influenced by traveling and making in other countries, where his experiences continue to drive his studio practice. He has done residencies, classes, and research in places including Hungary, Turkey, Mexico, Cuba, and, most recently, Indonesia.