Nicola Miles

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Nicola is currently researching for the final year of a full-time PhD with the working title of:

A REVOLUTION IN CHILDREN’S CLOTHES?

CRAFTING CHANGE: CLOTHKITS AND THE REVISIONING OF CHILDREN’S CLOTHES, 1969-1988

Having access to the private archives of the Clothkits founders for her research has enabled Nicola to conduct primary research that is entirely unique and original. Her research is based on archival research but also includes oral testimony in order to capture individual experiences of adults who as children wore Clothkits clothes, and adults that made and bought Clothkits for their children. Nicola has completed a book on the history of Clothkits to be published in 2024. 

Nicola has a degree in Textile Design focusing on print and has worked both as a freelance textile designer specialising in designs for children's clothes and as an illustrator. She previously completed a creative practice MA in Textiles at Brighton on the subject of unspoken issues affecting women.

She curated a small Clothkits exhibition in an unused shop window in Lewes, the home of Clothkits during lockdown. Nicola has currently organised and curated a postgraduate exhibition in conjuction with the Centre for Design History at the university entitled Design Matters. This exhibition focuses on what design means and how design affects the interaction of people with objects and imagery. She has also taught on a level 5 undergraduate module on Postmodernism.

Her interests include children's clothes from the 1960s to the present day, clothes as a creative educational tool, women designers, feminism, craft, folk art, home sewing and handmade clothes. She is eager to be involved with further exhibitions on subjects related to her research.

Education/Academic qualification

Master

Sep 2017Sep 2019

Award Date: 12 Sep 2019

Bachelor

Sep 2015Jul 2017

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Bachelor

Oct 1986Jul 1989

Award Date: 3 Jul 1989

External positions

PhD representative

15 Oct 202115 Oct 2022

Member

Jun 2021 → …

Member

1 Jan 2021 → …

Member, Association of Dress Historians (ADH)

31 Jan 2020 → …

Keywords

  • NE Print media
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration

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