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Research interests

My research is in embodied materiality, which has led to questioning in-depth areas of emotions around complicated grief and memory using the methodology of affect and repetition in making paper, evolving into paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Examining maternal loss and absence generating an embodied materiality using repetition in the domestic environment using elements such as fire, air and water. Presenting at international conferences, making work for exhibitions and teaching on the award winning BA Hons Fashion Communication with Business Studies course which I wrote in 2014. 

In 2018, I gained my PhD Textiles from the Royal College of Art. I have a First Class Honours in Fashion and Textiles, and an MA in Learning and Teaching. 

Making paper became a metaphor for skin-to-skin, skin-on-skin, remaking the used and reused into new, analysing embodied materiality in its essence creating substrates at the encounter of the elemental. The textile and fashion processes of unravelling, unfolding in both cloth and paper become material conductors of our passage through life. Edges, raw, fragile and delicate became the metaphor for recent loss and the emotional unease in complicated mourning. My installations have been exhibited at the International Paper Biennale, Shanghai, China in 2019 and 2021. 

Recent research has been made since 2021 as co-investigator with an AHRC project on Sustainable Materials in the Creative Industries, a 12 month scoping project in the areas of Fashion, Textiles, Accessories and Leather in waste and how waste is managed in these industries, in collaboration with the PI at Royal College of Art, and other co-i's at the University of Edinburgh and University of Plymouth. 

More sustainable projects have followed with SME's local to Brighton with an international focus. 

Approach to teaching

Teaching in Higher Education came after an extensive period in the industries of fashion, textiles, theatre and feature films. Teaching practice developed during the MA in Teaching and Learning in Cambridge. This inspiration has stayed with me, creating new and fresh projects for students demanding their attention as if to enter an industry context. I have considerable experience of writing and developing course material, new courses for undergraduates and postgraduates in different subjects and successful validations. Since 2013, I have been awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Knowledge exchange

Being a lead in Knowledge Exchange in the School of Art and Media, I have always had a strong interest in industry. I originally trained in Fashion and Textiles at undergraduate level, working as a creative director for Pex plc, design consultant for Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, in Paris and Madrid. I worked as a fashion and product designer and trend director for Loewe S.A. Madrid, for eleven years, worked as a fashion photographer for catwalk photography and as an illustrator, fashion forecaster and trend predictor with International Textiles. I have worked with design companies such as Fitch, Pentagram, Davies Baron among others.

I worked in theatre in London, in lighting at the Gielgud Theatre, working with directors such as Nuria Espert, and as follow spot at London Collesium with ENO. Working in theatre inspired more study, and a career in post production followed as a 3D Character Animator and 2D Compositor for the film industry, Cinesite, Framestore working as an animator creating the fist VFX for BBC Science for BBC2 television series, as character animator for Jim Henson's Creature Shop for film, front end animation for computer games companies such as Psygnosis and compositor at Cinesite Europe, in UK, and LA, USA, making 10 feature films and finally as CG Supervisor in character animation for a children's series for Halmark Entertainment in Berlin. 

In 2022, I undertook consultancy work with Brighton RISE for Secret Projects, a company in West Sussex wanting a feasibility study in Deadstock Textiles in UK and India. I have also worked with BRITE and a sustianable swimwear company, Ruby Moon Ltd in Brighton on investigating alternatives to neoprene and polyamides. In summer 2022, I completed a Knowledge Exchange Impact course with Canadian partner, MobilizeU. I have also been selected as ECR representative to be on the UKRI-AHRC awarded Impact Accelaration Account (IAA).

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in postgraduate supervision in Textiles, Fashion, Fashion Communication, Drawing, encompassing embodied materiality, my work in handmade paper and practice-based, installation art. More recently,  substantial research as co-investigator with an AHRC project in  sustainabile materials, I am interested in waste in the Fashion, Textiles, Accessories and Leather industries, together with materials, circular economy and repurposing.  

Recent PhD supervision:

University of Brighton - Martin Irorere - Research Title: 'Closing the Fashion Sustainability Gap through textile Recycling: Evaluation of UK Gen-Z consumer attitudes, knowledge, and acceptance of textile recycling'. - [March 2021 - present]

Anglia Ruskin University - Amanda Lavis - Research Title: 'Woven Language: A practice-based research investigation Exploring the Textile Praxis in Children's Book Illustration' [March 2021 - expected completion 2024]

External PhD Viva examination experience, University of Chester October 2020 - Georgina Spry -  'A New Felt Presence: Making and Learning as part of a Community of Women Feltmakers' 

 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Royal College of Art

27 Sep 201213 Apr 2018

Award Date: 13 Apr 2018

Master, Anglia Ruskin University

22 Apr 200615 Jul 2008

Award Date: 15 Jul 2008

External positions

External Supervisor for PhD student Amanda Lavis, Anglia Ruskin University

4 Jan 20212024

PhD External Examiner, University of Chester

16 Oct 2020

External Examiner, Coventry University

30 Jan 202031 Dec 2023

External Examiner Fashion and Fashion Marketing MDIS, Singapore, Nottingham Trent University

16 Jul 201730 Apr 2021

External Examiner Fashion Programme, University of Hertfordshire

31 Jan 201630 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • NB Sculpture
  • Textiles, Sculpture, Paper, Photography, Film
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Photography, Film, Embodied materiality
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • Drawing, Fashion Illustration

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