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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
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).
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'
PhD, Royal College of Art
27 Sep 2012 → 13 Apr 2018
Award Date: 13 Apr 2018
Master, Anglia Ruskin University
22 Apr 2006 → 15 Jul 2008
Award Date: 15 Jul 2008
External Supervisor for PhD student Amanda Lavis, Anglia Ruskin University
4 Jan 2021 → 2024
PhD External Examiner, University of Chester
16 Oct 2020
External Examiner, Coventry University
30 Jan 2020 → 31 Dec 2023
External Examiner Fashion and Fashion Marketing MDIS, Singapore, Nottingham Trent University
16 Jul 2017 → 30 Apr 2021
External Examiner Fashion Programme, University of Hertfordshire
31 Jan 2016 → 30 Jul 2020
- 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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Findley, J., Oakley, P., Jansen, I. & Mock, R.
11/12/20 → 10/12/21
Project: Research Councils / Government Depts.File
Findley, J., 25 Sep 2021
Research output: Non-textual output › Exhibition
Findley, J., 23 Jan 2019, FTC Futurescan 4: Valuing Practice.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN › peer-review
Feasts on Paper 2019 International Paper Biennale, Shanghai, Character within Paper: 'Edge of Grief 1, 2 and 3'Findley, J., 10 Sep 2019
Research output: Non-textual output › Exhibition
Jul 2022 → Oct 2022
Jules Findley (Consultant)Apr 2022 → Jun 2022