Anne Marr

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Course Director BA Textile Design

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Anne Marr is currently Course Leader for BA Textile Design at Central Saint Martins as well as acting Deputy Director of the UAL’s Textile Future Research Centre (TFRC).

From 2001-2008 she was appointed Professor for Textile Design at the University of the Arts in Hamburg, Germany and has worked as a textile designer and design consultant for clients such as Ikea, Sony, Toyota, Dulux and Urban Outfitters. 

Marr’s research is based around the socio-cultural context of textiles, particularly exploring narratives of the public and the private domain. Recent projects such as “Threads and Yarns”, supported by the Wellcome Trust, investigate the connection between materials and society in order to develop sustainable socio-responsive textiles that empathise with urban experiences and promote local ownership.

In her work Marr aims to stimulate social innovation as well as pushing the boundaries patterns and materials. Co-creation is an integral part of Marr’s practice and she has recently been collaborating with designer Rebecca Hoyes developing new ceramic-textile hybrid materials as well as with architect Helen Stratford on exploring wellbeing through textiles in Homerton Hospital.

Research interests

Socio-Responsive Textiles, Digital Ornament, Urban Fabric, Textile Fiction, Craft Engagement and Hybrid Materials.

Research statement

Anne is interested in contemporary pattern language and the socio-cultural context of textiles. Her research is informed by experience as a trend forecaster, visualizing future design scenarios.

In the project 'Room with a View' with the Jenisch House Museum Anne has juxtaposed 19th century interiors with 21st century ornamentation to accentuate their mutual reflection of domestic aspirations. More recently she has been working on a social innovation project with Homerton Hospital.

She is currently working on laser-cut lattice textile screens, with semi-open adjustable structures to exploring 3D surface manipulation.

Selected research outputs