Annabel Stanley grew up under the umbrella of an artistic family. Her great Grandfather was Charles Henry Augustus Lutyens, a famous portrait painter, and father to Sir Edwin Lutyens, an architect. The latter was very influential in the Arts and Crafts movement alongside garden designer Gertrude Jekyll from the early last century.
Annabel owns her vineyard, and the vine canes are a source for her Natural Fibre sculptures and collecting from her hikes around the Okanagan valley.
Her influences have been willowing artist Serena De La Haye and environmental sculptor Andrew Goldsworthy. She studied with Peter
Faulkner, a coracle builder (hazel and hide small, lightweight boats), learned new weaving styles with Martha Cloudsley from BC, and trained in Willow Sculpture with Julieann Worrall Hood in Wiltshire, England. She has held many exhibitions in New Zealand, where she lived for 12 years, and featured in The NZ Gardener, NZ Cuisine, on NZ National TV.
She taught Fibre art workshops at local elementary schools and Horticultural groups across New Zealand. She has held workshops in her studio and across the Okanagan for the past 18 years. She featured in the first edition of Sculpture Pacific in Canada, Wine Trails, Okanagan Home, and Sage-Ing (a publication of the Okanagan Institute), amongst other publications.