Ann Marie Shillito


Ann Marie started her working life as a professional jeweller. When exploring digital technology at Edinburgh College of Art, Ann Marie discovered the potential for new ways of working using 3D modelling software and ‘haptic devices’ (devices that work using touch and provide the user with tactile feedback). However, Ann Marie quickly found that the complexity of most 3D modelling packages was off-putting for many applied artists and designers.

So Anarkik3D Design was born.

Ann Marie uses Anarkik3D to create quirky pieces such as Ana Kee, our mascot. Ann Marie also used the software to create part of her daughters’ wedding ring, which was printed in titanium. As the piece was small, this was affordable and practical.

Since developing arthritis Ann Marie has found it harder to create jewellery in the traditional way, highlighting the need for a 3D modelling system with an easy-to-use input device like the Falcon.

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).

1999-2006: Research Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art studying 3D modelling & haptics

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

2007: Founded Anarkik3D with software engineer Xiaoqing Cao

2011: Ann Marie designs a wedding ring for one of her daughters using Anarkik3D Design. This was printed in titanium.

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 curates and exhibits in an exhibition of 3D printed jewellery at GalerieV&V in Vienna

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