Sally-Ann Gill

Job title
Senior Lecturer, Textile Design
01326 255847 Ext: 5847

Sally-Ann Gill studied at UCA Farnham and at the Royal College of Art specialising in woven textiles. She was a freelance designer and colourist for Liberty for some years and then a Research Fellow at UCA Farnham where her work was focussed upon the translation of hand weaves into power loom small scale production whilst retaining the qualities and beauty of hand woven fabric.

Sally-Ann has been senior lecturer in BA(Hons) Textile Design since it began in 2000 and established the weave area of the programme. She is passionate in her teaching of woven textiles and proud of the range of technical equipment available to weave students at Falmouth which includes traditional table and dobby looms and a computer controlled power Jacquard loom. 

Sally-Ann is currently researching the life and work of Violetta Thurstan, a renowned nurse during WW1, author and weaver. Sally-Ann has presented public lectures on her research and has produced commemorative woven textiles related to it. Her work was most recently exhibited as part of the national exhibition, ‘Digital Encounters’. 

Sally-Ann is an external examiner for the BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design programme at University of Wales: Trinity Saint David.


YearQualificationAwarding body
MA Constructed Textiles
Royal College of Art
BA(Hons) Woven & Printed Textiles
West Surrey College of Art & Design

Research interests

Research topics

Hand Woven and Digital Textile production
Violetta Thurstan
Woollen and Worsted Finishing Processes

Research outputs



Lecture Series on Violetta Thurstan delivered in the community.


Work exhibited as part of 'Digital Encounters', University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury.


Work exhibited as part of 'Moving Textiles', Textiles Open Innovation Centre, Ronse, Belgium.


Areas of teaching

Printed Textiles.
Textile Design
Woven Textiles

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Textile Design

Policy engagement within Cornwall

The Association of Guilds of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing. Sally-Ann liases closely with the Cornwall branch of this society; she was the judge for their annual competition in 2013 and has been asked to judge the next competition in December 2014.

Business engagement

Consultancy and facility services

Sally-Ann has been working as a consultant and designer on an external project since November 2013. The client is 'Guardian Equestrian', a Cornish horse blanket manufacturer. Sally-Ann developed woven fabrics for them which are strong and designed to conduct electricity, thus preventing horses breaking through electric fences.