Anne Smith began teaching in FE and then BA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, becoming course director of BA Textiles at Central Saint Martins in 2001. In 2006, she became Dean of the School of Fashion and Textiles at CSM, then Dean of Academic Programmes: Fashion, Jewellery and Textiles, Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design, Spatial Practices in 2013.
Anne originally trained at Saint Martin’s, and practiced as a printed textiles and fashion designer in the ‘80’s, created 4 collections a year using dyed and printed fabrics, showing and selling in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo
Her research aims to produce surface designs without the use of environmentally harmful dyestuffs and print pastes. Inspired by alternative patterning processes such as lace and broiderie anglais, and supported by an AHRC Award, Anne investigated a number of industrial cutting processes including CO2 laser cutting which, providing optimum results, led to the development of laser cut fashion fabrics designs with sales in New York, along with R & D consultancy for Forbo-Nairn UK Ltd, and the award of a patent in 2003 for the application of laser etching to flooring materials.
Recent collections exhibited in the CSM Real Dirty Blue (2015) and Some Like it Hot (2017) exhibitions, revisit the theme of light and layers for interior contexts, for windows and the space between interior and exterior. Referencing traditional textiles motifs, such as houndstooth and tartan, laser cut layers create light and shade, transparency and opacity. As spatial interventions, the pattern drifts in and out of focus as the panels filter light to expose and conceal, increasing and decreasing the environmental temperature. A zero-waste approach utilising discarded transfer printed materials, minimises environmentally damaging coloration processes.
Anne’s laser cut and etched fashion, interior and spatial fabrics have been exhibited extensively across Europe and in the USA.
Laser cutting, Zero waste textiles, Pattern design