Plastics are a very precious resource and Ann Marie is switching towards only using recycled polymers and filaments, and 2nd life materials in her pieces. This is towards her goal of reducing waste and making her practice more responsible..

Ann Marie Shillito is both a professional jeweller and founder/CEO of Anarkik3D Ltd which develops Anarkik3DDesign, a 3D modelling programme that she loves using. Her work explores it’s capabilities fully including being optimised for 3D printing.

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Variations Double Ring top - base: for a combinations of different colours

Her “Variations” Collection is fun, designed so that you can choose your match of the day!

“Variations” is a colourful collection of interchangeable ring elements for you to create your own ring to suit yourself.

These rings are composed of three parts which are purchased separately in your selected colours: there are two ring top elements, a base and the inner circle.

The third part is the ring shank, the part that fits round your finger and holds the top parts together.

This VIDEO shows how easy it is to connect the three parts and mix and match!

Background: When investigating digital technology as a research fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, Ann Marie research project proved the potential of haptics for an alternative to CAD for 3D modelling. By using a ‘haptic device’ the user gets tactile feedback to experiencing touching a virtual object. The research had found that the complexity of most 3D computer aided design and 3D modelling packages was a major barrier for many applied artists and designers. Haptics was ideal for reducing complexity and making 3D modelling quick and easy to learn and use.

So Anarkik3DDesign was born.

Ann Marie now only uses Anarkik3DDesign to continue with her jewellery practice.

in 2011 she used the software to create her daughters’ wedding ring, which was 3D printed in titanium.

She designed the titanium ring to flow around the diamond in her engagement ring and for the gold and the titanium to hug close together.

Since developing arthritis in her thumbs Ann Marie found it harder to create jewellery the traditional way. She is delighted that she can cope well with Anarkik3DDesign’s easy-to-use haptic device for 3D modelling system. It is perfect for her for designing jewellery for 3D printing.

1947: Born in Zambia

1965-1967: Birmingham College of Art, Diploma in Art and Design Awards

1968-1971: Royal College of Art, London. M.Des. RCA (Silver medal: designs for production).

1997: Award for Individual Development from the Scottish Arts Council

1998: Anne Marie has her first model printed in ABS plastic. The bangle was painted and had gold leaf added. It is still wearable today

1999: Crafts Award from Inches Carr Trust

1999-2006: Research Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art investigating haptics for 3D modelling

2007: Founded Anarkik3D with software engineer Xiaoqing Cao

2013: Publication of Ann Marie’s seminal book ‘Digital Crafts – Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists & Designer-Makers’

2013: Anarkik3D awarded Best Consumer Software at 3DPrintShow Global Awards

2017: Ann Marie creates 3 new ranges of jewellery for an exhibition of 3D printed jewellery at GalerieV&V in Vienna.  Ann Marie and Birgit Laken jointly curated the exhibition.

2017: Ann Marie invited to take part in panel discussion at Wiener Schmucktage, Vienna’s 7 day Festival of Jewellery. Ann Marie and Birgit Laken run 2 day workshop on 3D digital modelling at Wiener Schmucktage in GalerieV&V, using haptic Anarkik3D Design.

2019: Work by Anarkik Creators exhibited at Munich International Fair on Anarkik3D’s stand in the Jewellery Hall. Ann Marie runs 2 day workshop on 3D digital modelling at University for the Applied Arts in Vienna

2020: Ann Marie exhibits her jewellery in Bucharest during Romanian Jewellery Week and gives an online presentation at the Conference held there.

2021: Red Red Brooch exhibited in Dazzle’s 40 Brooches for 40 Years exhibition at the Dovecot at Edinburgh Festival time. Variations ring exhibited in Double Doors exhibition ‘100 Jewels by 100 Women‘ in Dundee.

2022: MATTER –Earth, Materials + Making: AAS Closing the Loop group exbibition at the Barn in Banchory

2023: Unity – ACJ & Bluecote Display Centre exhibition in Liverpool at time of the Eurovision Contest. APPLIED – Makers Offerings: Applied Arts Scotland exhibition, Leith, Edinburgh