With a background in Fashion Design, Ann-Kristin Abel has graduated from the MA Design for Textile Futures, Central Saint Martins in 2011.

With a fascination in neuroscience, one of the main drivers behind Ann’s work is the poetic power of a material and our ability to create meaning from the interaction with something physical. Her approach utilises not only fashion and textiles but also looks at science and emerging technologies to probe and craft visions of a possible human future.

Being born and raised in Germany Ann studied Fashion Design at the Akademie Mode und Design in Düsseldorf under the creative direction of Gabriele Orsech and moved to London in 2009.


Co-Founder of vectors

Ann has recently co-founded design initiative vectors with fellow designers Miriam Ribul and Paul Ferragut.

Their first collaborative project was the curation of Design Beyond Making, an excursion into resource discovery, material development, and process innovation. The exhibition was showcased at Protein Gallery on 18 Hewett Street.


Freelance Work

In her part-time position as Senior Researcher at FranklinTill Ann has worked on a mulitude of projects profiling emerging trends across various disciplines. This includes work for Viewpoint, Computer Arts, TFRC and Heimtextil, Messe Frankfurt.

Past commissions include work for Unit9, Rapha and the TSB – Design For Future Climate project in collaboration with NanoforceStanton & Williams Architects and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.


Co-Founder of POSTextiles

POSTextiles is a collective of exuberant textile designers whose innovative practice interrogates established perceptions of the discipline and what it means to be a textile designer of the 21st Century.



Paul Ferragut
Natsai Chieza
Amy Congdon
Rian Crabtree
Jenny Lee
Laura Martinez
Miriam Ribul
Marie Ruillon
Claudia Rotoli
Robert Klebenow