Natasha joined the University of Brighton after almost a decade of professional experience working as a Woven Textile Designer in a varied range of roles and settings from large corporate design to small studios. The experience Natasha gained has led her to combine a career as an academic while simultaneously developing and running her studio. Shed Studio, which founded in 2016, focuses on the selling of specialist one of a kind design to the fashion and interiors markets and smaller-scale special commission work. Sustainability is at the core of Natasha’s research and enterprise interests, particularly in areas weaving and woven textiles, their culture, heritage and application. Her practice-based research explores alternative materials in weaving and their properties, the capabilities of jacquard handloom with Double Cloth and 3D techniques. Natasha has worked as a senior textile designer for Zara, woven textile designer and colourist for Vanners Silk Weavers and as a woven textile designer at Woven Studio.
Approach to teaching
The aim and focus of Natasha’s teaching are to introduce the discipline of woven textiles in a modern and innovative way whilst highlighting the varied contextual and cultural history of the field. Imparting the knowledge that the possibilities within woven textiles are endless through the use of infinite combinations of equipment, techniques, yarns, materials, colour and scale. Guiding students to explore and cultivate their own style, interests and methods of exploring ideas are critical in aiding them to become independent and curious designers capable of working in their chosen field. At the same time ensuring they gain the essential education in the technicalities of woven textiles and the myriad of technical decisions that impact the outcome, this is essential to be able to utilise then, manipulate and explore this field to its fullest extent. Delivering teaching across all year groups requires a varied approach in relation to level and understanding, from the initial introduction to woven textiles through to supporting students in the later stages of their degree, so that our students can be mostly self-led and independent in their working, always being present to help them push their ideas and see the potential and scope of their work. Natasha was a Teaching Fellow at Winchester School of Art and has exhibited her designs in the UK and Europe. She is currently working towards professional accreditation with a HEA Fellowship.
Bachelor, University of Brighton
1 Sep 2005 → 1 Jun 2009
Founder & Designer, Shed Studio Woven Textiles
1 Oct 2016 → …
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