Alannah Cooper has been researching the rural tradition of well dressings in Derbyshire and Staffordshire with particular focus on the village of Endon in the Staffordshire Moorlands. . Due to Covid – 19 for the first time in the history of the Well Dressing in the village the event was cancelled. In response to this Alannah has been making work that responds to the historical themes associated with the event staging the predominant rituals and customs that draw our attention to their existence and truth.
Alannah is a photographer inspired by capturing the wildness of tradition and the nature of craft. Photographer, writer, interviewer, and craftswoman herself, her portfolio has been built on her insatiable need to explore. As a fashion photographer, she dedicates her time to projects that bring her to people and places where fashion exists in different ways.
Originally from the Orkney islands, Scotland, her ideas alive from the materials of rural land and the lore she grew up around. It is not uncommon for her work to feature family members, home towns, and the small patterns and details that can remind the viewer of their own. Today, she continues to search for new interpretations of rural surroundings that enchant the everyday life of craftsmanship, explore the accessibility of creativity, and promote the sustainability of fashion.
Alannah Cooper has an MA in Fashion Communication from Central Saint Martins and before that she spent four years at Heriot-Watt University in the Scottish Borders. She was the first-ever recipient of the New Fashion Image Prize at Central Saint Martins, 2018 selected by Lou Stoppard and Simon Chilvers
Image Credit: by Alannah Cooper