Ann Marie is both a professional jeweller and founder/CEO of Anarkik3D which develops Anarkik3DDesign 3D modelling programme. She loves using this programme for her jewellery work.

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 Anarkik3D Design was born.

Ann Marie uses Anarkik3DDesign to continue her jewellery. She used the software in 2011 to create her daughters’ wedding ring, which was 3D printed in titanium.

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 create 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

2017: Ann Marie and Birgit Laken run 2 day workshop on 3D digital modelling at Wiener Schmucktage, using haptic Anarkik3D Design