Technical Specialist - Mixed Media & Natural Colouration

I am senior technical instructor for mixed media on the Textile Design programme with a background in bridal, evening and children’s wear manufacture and fashion retail. I graduated from Falmouth University as a textile designer in 2004 and practised as a designer-maker creating women’s wear from reclaimed/recycled and vintage fabrics.

Since I began working here in 2007 I have delivered workshops in hand, domestic, industrial & digital machine embroidery as well as textile colouration natural vegetable dyes. In 2017, with the support of the campus gardeners I established a dye plant area in the walled garden and plan to create a map and sample book for students, staff, visitors and researchers to use.
Outside university I have taught natural dyeing workshops with local company Lancaster & Cornish and at local arts spaces within the Cornish community.
 

I am also currently a part-time research assistant working on the S4S - Designing a Sensibility for Sustainable Clothing project with the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute based here on Penryn campus. In this role I have recently organised and co-hosted the Sustainable Clothing Futures Symposium which has been a natural succession to the Applying Cornish Wisdom symposium event I hosted as part of my post-graduate degree.
Working as an educator and researcher allows me to communicate and embed current and innovative sustainable thinking and design ethos to the students I work with. If you wear clothes, then you’re involved is a key statement I use to engage as many people in this movement for which I am a passionate advocate. The journey to an environmentally sane fashion horizon continues…

Contact details

Telephone 01326 254139

Research Interests

Research Topics

  • Sustainable Textile Resources & Design

Teaching

Areas of teaching

  • Textile Design

Courses taught

  • Textile Design

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