Anne Willson was born in Wilmington, NC. Although she started in the arts as a potter, she shifted into the nonprofit arts sector in 1989 and worked for over twenty-seven years in the field in North Carolina and Tennessee. During that time, though, Willson continued to make art as possible and took occasional workshops and classes. She was first exposed to sculptural weaving at a MassArts workshop in Bennington VT in 2009 and immediately resonated with the process. In 2016 she shifted her work within the nonprofit sector, returned to North Carolina, and returned to art making. Today, Willson works out of a studio in downtown Raleigh, exhibits across the state, and teaches the random weave process in multiple locations. Most recently she developed a site-specific wall installation for the NC State University Crafts Center and has been invited to present solo exhibitions in 2019 (Louisburg NC) and 2020 (Rocky Mount NC).