Anne Marr is currently Course Leader for BA Textile Design at Central Saint Martins as well as a Senior UAL Teaching Scholar.
She was appointed Professor for Textile Design at the University of the Arts (HFBK) in Hamburg, Germany from 2001-2008 and was acting Deputy Director of the UAL’s Textile Future Research Centre (TFRC) from 2014-2017.
Anne’s research is based around the socio-cultural context of textiles, particularly the connection between materials and society in order to develop sustainable socio-responsive textile solutions that empathise with city experiences.
Recent projects such as ‘Threads and Yarns’, supported by the Wellcome Trust, investigate how communal crafting can be used as a cross-disciplinary research tool to facilitate deeper insights into the past and future of health and well-being, and to inform socio-responsive textile design research practice.
‘Routine Procedures’, a collaboration with artist Helen Stratford set at Homerton Hospital, explored health care procedures and the use of privacy curtains in maternity wards. This led to the development of printed fabric prototypes to communicate enhanced privacy etiquettes for patients.
Anne is currently leading ‘Home and Belonging’ a textile programme with Crisis Brent, supported by Brent Council. This projects investigates how textile making can enhance the mental health and well-being of homeless and vulnerably housed residents as well as encouraging greater community exchange.
Co-creation is an integral part of her practice and she has recently been collaborating with Rebecca Hoyes developing new ceramic-textile hybrid materials pushing the boundaries of both textile as well as ceramic processes. Their 'Material Boundaries' project explored new material developments fusing porcelain, paperclip with silica fabrics. In 'Glaze Grids' they have extended their research into ceramic and textile processes in order to embed woven basalt mesh into glazed ceramic surfaces.
Socio-Responsive Design, Place-making, Pattern Communication, Craft Engagement, Hybrid Materials, Co-Design