Hannah Maughan

Job title
Senior Lecturer, Textile Design
01326 370431

Hannah studied at Birmingham and the Royal College of Art, specialising in embroidery and mixed media. As a freelance designer, Hannah worked on commissions ranging from couture to commercial, producing work for leading international fashion and interior companies including Christian Lacroix, United Arrows and English Eccentrics. Represented by View Studio in London, Hannah produced seasonal collections of commercial designs for clients such as Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Gap and Calvin Klein.

Since joining Falmouth in 2003 Hannah has worked as senior lecturer on the BA(Hons) Textile Design, establishing the mixed media area. This focuses on the traditions and values of hand embroidery, machine and digital stitch, fabric manipulation and surface embellishment, with the emphasis on technical acumen, and encouraging a personal and an innovative response to contemporise the discipline.

Hannah has been recognised for making an outstanding contribution to embroidery education, winning the 2016 Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2011 Hannah received the Falmouth Teaching Excellence Award for her overall engagement and commitment to her subject area and students.

Hannah is a practitioner researcher, investigating digital and hand embroidery, pattern repetition and mark making, making through co creating and the narrative, capturing the small stories of embroidery.

Hannah was a key player in establishing Hidden Art Cornwall at Falmouth, the first and only social franchise of the award winning designer-maker membership organisation, Hidden Art, which connected the Cornish creative design community to each other and the international design community and ran until 2009.


YearQualificationAwarding body
MA Constructed Textiles
Royal College of Art
BA (Hons) Textile Design
Birmingham Institute of Art &Design, UCE
Foundation Diploma
Portsmouth College of Art & Design

Honours and awards


Winner of the 2016 Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Teaching Excellence Award


Most Supportive Member of Staff - Falmouth Mentor Scheme Awards


Recipient of Falmouth's inaugural Teaching Excellence Award

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Hannah’s research interest within mixed media derives from her curiosity into textile materials and processes, fusing the traditional with the contemporary, analogue and digital, to open up new ways of making and thinking. Archives, storytelling, commemoration and ethnography inspire visual narratives, underpinned by the historical, cultural and social contexts of embroidery. Femininity and gender issues inform the conceptual and aesthetic response to her practise.

Hannah is particularly interested in future focused embroidery. Working with Wilcom the leading digital embroidery software provider, Hannah's research and teaching seeks to push the boundaries of the technology and machines, whilst challenging the current perceptions and aesthetics of  digital embroidery.

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs



Matthias, Gayle and English, Claire and Bunnell, Katie (2014) All Makers Now? pop up exhibition supporting the conference. [Exhibition]




FTC Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities conference, Glasgow School of Art, November 2015, presentation of peer reviewed paper "Stitched together; Community Learning, Collaborative Making", Dr.F.Hackney, H.Maughan


Fabric of the City Symposium, London Metropolitan University, July 2015 presentation of short paper "Making: Archives - an investigation into the creative use of archives within the University context"


All Makers Now? Conference, Falmouth University. Conference team/Peer Review panel member Panel Chair, Digital Making Textiles / Peer reviewed paper: "Community Making & Making Communities: crafting non/digital interactions", H.Maughan, M.Loveday Edwards


All Makers Now? Pop up Exhibition, Trellisick House, Cornwall July 2014


AHRC Connected Communities Festival, Cardiff / CARE project exhibited and presented


AHRC Connected Communities Showcase and Summit, Edinburgh / CARE project exhibited and presented


Areas of teaching

Mixed Media Textiles
Textile Design
Wilcom digital embroidery software

Courses taught

Textile Design

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Founder Member of the Hidden Art Cornwall Advisory Board, 2005-2009

Professional engagement