Jo Pilcher

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Supervisory Interests

My supervisory interests cover a breadth of subject areas within textiles, fashion, design and craft. I am interested in research that explores embodied experience in both making and interacting with material culture in contemporary contexts. I have a particular interest in work that considers the politics of making and creating in postcolonial contexts. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss any doctoral project ideas.

Research interests

My research focuses on postcolonial making practices, considering the relationships between people, place and object.

Scholarly biography

I initially completed a degree in Fine Art at University of Leeds before turning towards Design History for my MA at Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum and PhD at University of Brighton. While I do not consider myself a practitioner any longer, making forms a central part of my research: I am deeply interested in the relationship between maker and their making process, often experimenting with the materials the people I am researching use in order to gain some tacit knowledges of their making processes.

Approach to teaching

I am a Senior Lecturer, delivering Design History (Historical, Critical and Cultural Studies) to the 3D Design & Craft and Illustration degrees. I am committed to using decolonising approaches in my teaching practices, both in the material that I teach and the ways students are engaged with those materials.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Aboriginal Australian Textile Design In The Northern Territory: Postcolonial Making as Praxis, University of Brighton

1 Oct 201521 Jun 2022

Award Date: 21 Jun 2022

Master, History of Design, Royal College of Art

1 Sept 20134 Jul 2015

Award Date: 4 Jul 2015

Bachelor, Fine Art (INT), University of Leeds

1 Oct 200913 Jul 2013

Award Date: 13 Jul 2013

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University for the Creative Arts

1 Sept 20214 Feb 2022

Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art

1 May 20181 Oct 2018


  • DU Oceania (South Seas)
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • NX Arts in general
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration


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