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Global Artisanship and the Future of Luxury Fashion

The intent of this research is to clarify the connections between the type and level of intervention and the market placement, as well as the relationship to success. The general aim of the research is to identify the collective best practices from across a broad range of governmental aid agencies, NGO’s and mission driven for profits whose aim is to support artisan enterprise in the textile and apparel sectors. The goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of different models, their commonalities and their differentiations, with the intent to develop a theoretical framework that could be used to support existing and future sustainable development programs in the craft sector.

Creating a space of enchantment: thread as narrator of the feminine

The research concerns the role of enchantment and narrative in my artistic practice. It is based on a body of monumental pictorial works in the medium of thread. Thread offers a particular narrative voice that can be appropriated for feminine needs of concealed meaning, but I will argue that it also serves to clarify the movement between metaphor and realisation that is essential to artistic creation.

Conferred 2017

'Believe me, I remain...': Meaning and Materiality in the Mary Greg Collections at Manchester Art Gallery

As a museum curator turned researcher, I am interested in the histories and uses of art museum collections, with particular respect to decorative art and craft. My PhD research considers the changing values, status and meaning of 'everyday' objects within the art museum, through an investigation of the Mary Greg Collections at Manchester Art Gallery.

Conferred 2018

Pattern Making For New Fabric Joining Technologies

Over recent years, a number of new fabric joining technologies have increasingly been used in fashion and clothing manufacture, replacing or reducing the need for traditional sewing. Does this create a need for re-thinking and re-defining pattern making specifically for their use?

Designing for Breed: Realigning British wool within the current UK knitwear industry

Over 60 different varieties of sheep are present in Britain today, reared by over 45000 farmers (BWMB 2009). Using a practice based enquiry, this research will examine the contribution of individual breed knowledge and new technologies in developing and encouraging sustainable British knitwear design and production.

Conferred 2018

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