Dr Simon Clarke

Job title
Senior Lecturer
Email
simon.clarke@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 370493 Ext: 1493

Dr Simon Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in Printed Textiles. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the field of printed textile design and surface pattern.

His PhD from Birmingham City University involved research into the East African Kanga cloth. This research was driven by fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania and on Zanzibar, which was supported by a grant from the British Institute in Eastern Africa. His interests include African textiles, anthropology, digital print, fieldwork, photography and printed textiles.

Simon Clarke has lectured at a number of institutes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels such as Goldsmiths College, University of London, Kenyatta University, California College of the Arts and Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently external examiner on the BA(Hons) Textiles: Design and Innovation course, Loughborough University and on the MA Fashion and Textiles Programmes, Birmingham City University.

He has presented papers on African art at numerous conference venues around the world, including the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, the Fowler Museum, UCLA, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Florida. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the Prato Textile Museum, Italy, and featured in many publications including Techno Textiles, Braddock and O'Mahony (Thames & Hudson), and Digital Visions for Fashion and Textiles, Clarke and Harris (Thames & Hudson). He has also contributed towards a number of international publications and in 2011 completed a book titled Textile Design with Laurence King Publishing with whom he is currently writing a new book on the subject of print in design and art.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2006
PhD (Motif, Pattern, Colour and Text in Contemporary Kanga Cloth: An Analysis and Personal Response)
Birmingham City University
1987
MA Textiles (Print)
Birmingham City University
1986
BA (Hons) Printed Textiles and Decorative Surfaces
Middlesex University

Research interests

Research topics

Theory and Practice
Textile Design
Printed Textiles
Digital Design and Production
Digital Art
Visual Anthropology
Material Culture
Photography
African Art and Design

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Book Chapter

Clarke, Simon (2013) Untitled (2009). In: Textile Design. Thames & Hudson Ltd, London. ISBN 978-1856696876 Item not available from this repository.

Clarke, Simon (2006) The politics of pattern: The interpretation of political and national iconography on kanga cloth. In: East African Contours: Reviewing Creativity and Visual Culture. Horniman Museum Press, UK, pp. 85-97. ISBN 1903338026 Item not available from this repository.

Conference or Workshop Item

Clarke, Simon (2011) Vernacular, Transitional and Modern Architecture in East Africa. In: Tatu, East African Visual Traditions, Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford University)/Fowler Museum (University of California, Los Angeles). Item not available from this repository.

Book

Clarke, Simon (2011) Textile Design. Laurence King, London. ISBN 978-1856696876 Item not available from this repository.

Artwork

Clarke, S (2009) 'Colour Structure 1'/'Repeat Structure 2'. [Artwork] Item not available from this repository.

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
2002
Fieldwork into Kanga design on the Swahili Coast
Research award from the British Institute in Eastern Africa with match funding from University College Falmouth with subsidised flights provided by British Airways
2000
Fieldwork into Kanga design on the Swahili Coast
Research award from the University of Northampton with subsidised flights by British Airways
1999
Fieldwork into Kanga design on the Swahili Coast and Kenyan Highlands
Research award from the University of Northampton

Teaching

Areas of teaching

Textiles
Printed Textiles
Textile Design

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Textile Design

Professional engagement