I am a senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Communication and the Course Coordinator for BA Fashion Design at the University of Bedfordshire, holding an MA in Fashion Design and a PgCAP (Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice). I have taught as an Associate Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University and joined the University of Bedfordshire in 2008, where I took a lead role in validating the current Fashion Design course.
As well as teaching I have designed for a number of high-street retailers and started a business teaching Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to fashion professionals.
I am the co-author of the Body-Cut-Space-Cut-Body project with Dr Garry Layden and creator of the Wear Square project and the SHAPE project. Presenting research nationally and internationally, my interests are around creative pattern cutting and introducing new design methodologies that use approaches from both Fashion Design and Spatial Design, exploring the Transitional Place and Disciplineless ways of working, inspiring innovative design outcomes. The Body-Cut-Space-Cut-Body project was first presented at the IASDR conference in Tokyo 2013.
Responsibilities at UOB
Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Communication and Course Coordinator for BA Fashion Design
Research / Professional areas
Enterprise/ Knowledge Exchange Projects:
2018: Innovation Bridge, University of Bedfordshire – Design Consultant and Design Project Manager, leading a design team for the Phone SLNG through to prototype – Smart Holder Solutions 2017/18, product launched January 2019
2016: Design Festival Luton & Beds 2016: Local Cosmopolitanism, 01.12.16 - Proposer, Organiser and Committee Chair
- Design Competition – Age 16-19 (and Internship programme)
- Design Talks
- Design Workshops
- Design Exhibition – Bringing together 50 new and established local designers
In partnership with – Luton Culture, Bedford Creative Arts, Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes Collaborative Network, Guildford Street Press and University of Bedfordshire.
2017: Place Making and the Transitional Place, with Dr Garry Layden. Dissemination:
2017 TESTBEDS: A Sense of Place Conference, presentation 2017: Idea Generation Using Humour: Group heightening of a concept using stand-up comedy approach, with Dr Sylvia Tzvetanova Yung. Dissemination: 2017 University of Bedfordshire: Expanding Opportunities, Broadening Horizons conference, workshop
2015: Body, Cut, Space, (Cut, Body). Research Workshop Series, Anglia Ruskin (February 2015)
2014: Body, Cut, Space, (Cut, Body). Space to Garment. A collaborative project with Garry Layden. Dissemination: 2014 Middlesex University: BODY + SPACE Conference, Interior Educators Society
2014: Body, Cut, Space, (Cut, Body). A New Methodology for Collaboration. A collaborative project with Garry Layden Dissemination: 2014 University of Bedfordshire: Making it Happen Conference, workshop
2013: Body, Cut, Space, (Cut, Body). Creating Innovation in Architectural Space and Form, through Fashion Design Methodologies. A collaborative paper with Garry Layden. Dissemination: 2013 IASDR Conference, International Association of Societies of Design Research, August 2013 in Tokyo.
2012: HEA Discipline Workshop and Seminar Series 2011-12, Inter- and Cross-Disciplinary Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods in Art, Design and Media. HEA Funded: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to the Realisation of the Annual Graduate Fashion Show at the University of Bedfordshire. A collaborative project with Dr Maria Wiener Dissemination: Higher Education Academy website
2010/11: A Collaborative Initiative: An exploration of a Junior Research Institute pilot scheme for the Division of Art and Design. We Research Together. Funded by Centre for Learning Excellence CLE, University of Bedfordshire. Dissemination: University of Bedfordshire Teaching and Learning Conference 2011
2016 - 2020: Istituto Marangoni, London, External Examiner for the International Foundation Year , Study Group, International Study Centre – Fashion Design, Fashion Styling, Fashion Business.
2016: Istituto Marangoni, London, External Panel Member for the re-validation of International Foundation Year – Fashion, Study Group, International Study Centre.
2012: Staffordshire University, External Panel Member for the re-validation of Creative and Cultural Industries suite of Foundation Degrees.
2012: Staffordshire University, External Panel Member for Subject Review of Foundation Degree, Creative and Cultural Industries: Fashion Studies.
Membership of professional organisations
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2011 to date)
Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses (FTC) - Secretary (2019 to date)