Mark Parker

Roles and Responsibilities

I am Director of Studies for the BA (Hons) Design for Textiles programme within the School of Textiles and Design. The programme has very established pathways in printed, woven and knitted Textiles and the market areas cover Fashion, Interiors and Surface Pattern.

Within the School I am a member of the School Management Committee and have had overall responsibility of the co – ordination of the annual Degree Show on campus and external facing events such as The New Designers Exhibition where the quality of student work on the programme has been recognised by being awarded prizes by companies such as John Lewis, Harlequin and The Worshipful Company of Weavers.

Biography

I have acted as a subject expert for reviewing textile design education provision for a number of leading UK Universities (Huddersfield, Bradford, Manchester) and I am currently the external examiner for Textile Design at City of Birmingham University.

My research interests lie in examining the role of drawing on the printed textile curriculum by using archive sources. I have presented on the subject at international conferences such as Textile Research in Progress (Loughborough) as well as exhibiting in Iceland (Reykjavik Museum) and running workshops in China (Tsinghua University)

As a practitioner I have produced artwork and gallery pieces for leading interior & fashion textile companies and galleries across Europe, America and Australia for companies such as Liberty, Sheridan and Scalamandre.

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