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Ann Marie Kirkbride

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Having studied and taught at Northumbria (Newcastle Poly) in the 80s, I returned as a fashion illustrator tutor in January 2010, having previously worked as a freelance illustrator and knitwear designer for a range of clients ranging from forecasters to the High Street and the upper middle markets.  I continued my teaching career at Cleveland College of Art & Design where I worked in various capacities for 25 years, including writing and running the BA Fashion Enterprise degree, before moving into a new role of Fashion & Textiles Skills Co-ordinator for a One North East funded programme designed to ‘upskill’ the regional creative industries.
In the early part of my career I won several awards for design and illustration and, although I enjoyed the challenges of Programme Leadership, I decided to return to professional practice and briefly retired from teaching to start a luxury children’s knitwear brand.   I was, however, tempted back by the fashion illustration tutorship and the opportunity to develop my commercial practice alongside my teaching and research.

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