Anne-Marie Howat – Course Leader. After graduating from her degree with a 1st class Hons, a Post Graduate Diploma and an MA in Textiles, Anne-Marie pursued a variety of projects within textiles and design, predominantly using her skill set of embroidery and surface manipulation. Anne-Marie has been employed as a full-time print designer in the UK’s fashion industry, (high street brands including the Conran Studios and M & S). She was employed as a freelance designer for many years (agents in London UK and New York USA, selling internationally for trends and for design.) As a designer/maker for interiors and large-scale commissions for public spaces Anne-Marie worked with clients in the UK, Germany and Holland (these include a textiles installation at Lingen Town House, Grand Hall, entrance textiles installation for Derby Dance Center, and prints for interiors and a large scale private commission for the Rothschild family home in London. ). Anne-Marie has gained awards for her couture fashion fabrics e.g. Vogue Conte Nast Publication & Texprint Awards, and for her work in interiors e.g. furnishing fabric award from House and Gardens – New Designer Award and has exhibited at stands at international textile trade shows. Invention in design spurred an interest in teaching and communication. She became a lecturer on a variety of courses ranging from costume and set design, to general art & design. However the textile specialism is where her depth of knowledge lay and in 2007 she established the degree course at the Arts University at Bournemouth. She now leads the Textiles BA Hons course and is Principal Lecturer (Teaching and Learning) for the Textiles/Fashion subject area
Anne-Marie is currently working upon the Salut Marroc project, she is developing designs for a hotel entrance involving decorative textiles and lighting design. She is currently the External Examiner for Bucks New University for the BA Hons Textiles and Surface Design. Previous Examiner responsibilities include University De Montfort , UWIC and for Prep HE, Central St. Martins, Westminster, Kiderminster, Salisbury etc.
- New Designer Award for Furnishing Fabrics
- Louisa Ryland Travel Bursary - Switzerland and Italy
- Texprint Award for Couture Fashion Fabrics (Conte Nast Publications)
- Commendations for Technical Innovations and Colour from The Drapers Company and Pantone Awards