Senior Lecturer, Textile Design

Hannah studied at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art, specialising in embroidery and mixed media textile design. As a freelance designer, Hannah worked on bespoke commissions ranging from couture to commercial, producing designs for leading international fashion and interior companies including Christian Lacroix, United Arrows, Wallpaper* and English Eccentrics. Represented by View Studio in London, Hannah produced seasonal collections 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 course, establishing and leading the mixed media discipline. This focuses on the traditions and values of hand and machine embroidery, fabric manipulation, and surface embellishment, along with the  latest developments in digital stitch technologies.  Hannah’s teaching and research approach emphasises designing for longevity through creative thinking combined with technical acumen, encouraging a personal and innovative response to sustain and contemporize 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, and is acknowledged by Wilcom, the leading global digital embroidery software company, to be pioneering in her creative and boundary pushing teaching of digital embroidery, with the discipline winning significant awards in this area at New Designers (2023, 2018, 2015) and Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery (2018, 2015).

External Links

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Contact details

Telephone 01326 370431



Year Qualification Awarding body
2023 FHEA Fellow Higher Education Academy
1998 MA Constructed Textiles Royal College of Art
1996 BA (Hons) Textile Design Birmingham Institute of Art &Design, UCE
1993 Foundation Diploma Portsmouth College of Art & Design

Honors and awards

Year Description

Shortlisted ’Inspiring Students’ category, Staff Excellence Awards, Falmouth University

2016 Winner of the 2016 Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Teaching Excellence Award
2013 Most Supportive Member of Staff - Falmouth Mentor Scheme Awards
2011 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

  • Maughan, Hannah

    (2023), Making: Archives/Making: Impact - The Creative use of Archives within Textile Design Education and Practice., In: Futurescan 5: Conscious Communities, Post Conference Publication, Figshare, UK
  • Maughan, Hannah

    Jane, Sarah, (2020), Making: Archives - a case study of creative collaboration, In: The Journal of Archives and Records Association, Taylor and Francis, UK, 41 (2), pp. 148-169, ISSN: 2325-7962
  • Hannah Maughan

    McNulty.P & O’Rourke.M, (2018), Guide to Collaboration for archives and HE, National Archives and History UK, Case study 7, section 4.3, pp. 47, parts 2-3
  • Hannah Maughan

    Hackney, F. et al, (2016), The Power of Quiet: Re-Making Affective Amateur and Professional Textiles Agencies, Intersecting Identities, In: Journal of Textile Design Research & Practice, Vol 4: Issue 1, pp. 33-62
  • Hannah Maughan

    Hackney, F, (2016), Stitched together: Community Learning, Collaborative Making, FTC Futurescan 3, In: Intersecting Identities Conference Proceedings, pp. 195-206
  • Hannah Maughan

    Loveday-Edwards, M., (2014), “Community Making & Making Communities: Crafting non/digital interactions”, In: All Makers Now? Conference, Conference Journal, pp. 79-84



Cornwall, an embroidery desert? - Stitching and Community: The Hazel Sims Archive Hand Embroidery workshop, Dress Devolution conference, FTI, Falmouth



Making Archive conference presentation, FTC Futurescan 5, Leeds


2015 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


2015 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"


2014 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


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


2014 AHRC Connected Communities Festival, Cardiff / CARE project exhibited and presented


2013 AHRC Connected Communities Showcase and Summit, Edinburgh / CARE project exhibited and presented



Beryl Dean award conference presentation FTC Futurescan 4, Bolton

Research Students

Current research students

Vicki Aimers, full-time PhD awarded studentship, proposal title: Subversive Stitching: Cornish Samplers, Female Education and Storytelling, 1815-1915, co-supervisor on PhD supervising team, Hannah Maughan.


Areas of teaching

  • Textile design knowledge and practice
  • Sustainability
  • Design Development
  • Research Methods
  • Colour development
  • Archival pedagogy & object based research

Courses taught

  • Textile Design

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

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

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.


Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

Hannah is an experienced External Examiner:
BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery, Royal School of Needlework, UCA (2017-ongoing)

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery, Knit, Print, London College of Fashion, UCA, (2016-2021)

Hannah has contributed as External Academic Advisor on course revalidation panels for Swansea, Hereford, Cardiff and Colchester

Associations and societies
Hannah is affiliated to The Embroiderers' Guild and Beryl Dean Educational Trust.

Academic consultant and panel member, Embroiderers’ Guild Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence (2017 - ongoing)