Course Leader, Textile Design

Sally-Ann studied Textiles at UCA Farnham, followed by a Masters at the Royal College of Art specialising in woven textiles. Prior to working at Falmouth she was a freelance designer and colourist for Liberty and a Research Fellow at UCA Farnham where her work was focused upon the translation of hand weaves into power loom small scale production whilst retaining the qualities and beauty of hand woven fabric.

Sally-Ann secured recognition for weave at Falmouth from the Worshipful Company of Weavers. This takes the form of financial support for the course and scholarships for selected students annually.

Sally-Ann recently gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, for her innovative and transdisciplinary approach to teaching and curriculum design.

Recent research is in collaboration with industry, on the development of woven textiles making use of mixed fibres, including dog hair, hemp and British wool.

Contact details

Telephone 01326 255847



Year Qualification Awarding body
2023 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
1997 MA Constructed Textiles Royal College of Art
1993 BA(Hons) Woven & Printed Textiles West Surrey College of Art & Design

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Violetta Thurstan, Weaver, Nurse, Author.
Jacquard woven textile collaborations.
Hand-woven innovation.

Research Topics

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

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs



Collaborative project to create new Jacquard woven textiles for St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Falmouth. On permanent display at the school.



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

  • CAD
  • Drawing
  • Natural dyeing
  • Printed Textiles
  • Textile Design
  • Woven Textiles

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Textile Design

Policy engagement within Cornwall

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

The Association of Guilds of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing. Sally-Ann liases closely with the Cornwall branch of this society; she is the judge for their annual competition since 2013 and examines their Foundation Course in Weaving.

Business Engagement

Consultancy and facility services

Sally-Ann worked as a consultant and designer on an external project in 2013 and 2014. The client was '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.

Professional Engagement

Social, community and cultural engagement

Sally-Ann's collaborative work is on display in St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Falmouth. This involved working with the children and introducing them to woven textiles with activities here at Falmouth University. The children were then able to see one of their designs being woven on our Jacquard power loom.

Engagement with professional associations and societies

Sally-Ann is involved with the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. She has judged the annual competitions for the Cornwall Guild and examined their Foundation course in weave in 2018 and 2021.