Salut Maroc: Anne-Marie Howat

Exhibition in M Studio Gallery

8 November 2016 – 8 February 2017

A research showcase of commercial textiles project work in progress by Anne-Marie Howat.

This body of work gives an insight into Anne – Marie’s recent commercial public space commission, a large-scale interior for the Salut Maroc Hotel, Essaouira, Morocco.

The commission takes the form a large textiles lighting installation in the foyer of a 17th Century Riad hotel, opening in March 2017 after a multi-million pound refurbishment. The 54 embroidered and printed pieces are to be stretched onto frames and attached to the wall of the entrance and back-lit to create an atmospheric centrepiece.

The squares will cover the wall from ceiling to floor, transforming the environment and complementing the local Zellige tile surrounds.

In exploring local art and crafts practices Anne-Marie has drawn inspiration from the traditional geometric patterns and vibrant colours used in the local area. She has been particularly influenced by the Zellige artisans – a traditional local style of architecture using glazed clay tiles.

The vibrant colours selected for this project have been taken from the Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech and the city of Essaouira and its fishing and surfing culture. The blues have been derived of the Majorelle palette of Yves Saint Laurent who restored the gardens in the 1980’s with stunning painted blues and yellows, making the Majorelle Gardens a popular tourist destination.

Charlotte Hunt and Gemma Summerell (Technical Demonstrators for the BA Hons Textiles Degree Course) aided the production of the works, developing and up-skilling their own technical knowledge and expertise.

MEET THE ARTIST: ANNE-MARIE HOWAT

Anne-Marie Howat is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Textiles at Arts University Bournemouth. She has a 1st Class degree from Loughborough University and a Masters from Birmingham City University.

She has gained many awards for design: The New Designer award from the House and Gardens Magazine for Furnishing Fabrics, The Texprint Award for Couture Fashion Fabrics from Vogue Conde Nast, The Louisa Ryland Travel Bursary, and commendations for technical innovation and for colour use from Pantone.

As a practising textiles designer for over 25 years, Anne-Marie has worked across a breadth of commercial projects as a print and embroidery designer for companies such as the Conran Studios, M&S and for textile design agents in London, Como and New York.

Anne-Marie has also worked on a variety of different large-scale maker projects and commissions internationally often specialising in embroidery, surface manipulation and print. Her clients included the Derby Dance Centre for the central entrance foyer, Lingen Municipal Town Hall entrance Germany, Texprint designs for print Enschede, Holland, Heberlein printers Switzerland  and the Rothchild family home in London.

Anne-Marie has paralleled her creative practice with teaching and learning within her discipline, ultimately establishing the BA (Hons) Textiles course at AUB in 2008. She has also acted as an External Examiner since 2001 including Central St. Martins, De Monteford University and Buckinghamshire New University.