My name is Ann Rippin. I am a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol in the Department of Management. As part of my research, I create quilted and embroidered textiles about the companies I research or some of the themes that I am interested in such as organisational excess, or foundation narratives. I have set up my blog for people who are interested in my work and want to follow my new pieces as they emerge.
I have just started working on a big new project about Laura Ashley. This is partly for me to explore narrative approaches to work, but also for me to do a bit of homage to the woman who got so many quilters in this country started. I am wrestling with whether I should include a photo of my first quilt, which is old and disgraceful, but which was made with some Laura Ashley fabric, which I bought in the 1980s in Cardiff, as well as some Liberty fabric. Quilters will recognise this pattern!
I have also just taken over as the Chair of SCOS, the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (www.scos.org) which is a scholarly organisation of about 1000 members from all over the world, although mainly Northern Europe, dedicated to exploring the more interesting, unusual and provocative elements of business and management research.