Anna Bay likes to create soft and sweet minimalistic worlds out of paper and things she finds in and around the house. In her work, fragility and size are recurring themes.
She has always enjoyed the little things. It started when she was a little girl herself, making her own stamps, clothes for her barbie dolls, tiny clay figurines and mini collages. Later, when she studied illustration at art academy St. Joost in Breda, her life drawing teacher gave her huge sheets of paper to draw on. But her nudes always ended up in just a small corner. And whenever Anna picked up a camera, she enjoyed it most with a macro lens attached. Seeking beauty in the details.
When Anna completed her studies in 2009, she started out with a plan for a book about small boobs. Which made her the proud winner of the Fiep Westendorp Stimuleringsprijs, landed her a TEDxAmsterdamWomen talk and set her career into motion Anna has been working freelance ever since, worked for numerous magazines, books, websites, conferences and companies like HEMA, WWF, Plint and de Volkskrant. Everything she makes still starts as small as possible. Not only because it comes natural to her. But most of all because the difficulty it brings makes for the most beautiful flaws. It brings a design to life. Shows you the hand of it’s maker. And to top it all off, the concentration that is required to make tiny objects puts her in a meditative state of pure joy. What more can one ask for while working?
Next to papercraft and drawing she has always had a keen interest in insecurities and helping people get rid of them. Strangely enough, insecurities are diminished by the courage to be vulnerable. It is Anna’s mission to help people out with this, to help them find strength in fragility. This power often gets concealed by our culture of more, more, more in which we are applauded for being busy and tough. To Anna, less really is more. she wants to encourage people to slow down and pay real attention to what is in front of them and what they are doing. To be authentic, soft and still, instead of running, avoiding and numbing. To play and look at the world with childlike wonder.
She is here for everyone who wants to make a positive change in the world. To support your message with her images, draw more attention to it and get people excited.