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Roles and Responsibilities
I am an Assistant Professor in Textile Design at the School of Textiles and Design. Interests include: Woven textile design, Artisanship, Design Provenance and Heritage, Printed textile design, Surface design, Design Innovation; (Colour and Materials), Luxury Interior markets, Woven Textile Design for well-being, research linking design with technology for both practical textile design and learning and teaching applications. Key roles also include promoting and facilitating articulation and international exchange agreements between the School of Textiles and Design and its partner institutions, as well as authoring distance learning materials for textile and fashion design subject disciplines.
In 1986, I graduated with high honours from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textile Design, with a concentration in woven textile design. I continued my education by earning a PG Certificate in Academic Practice in 2005, from Heriot-Watt University, and was an active member of the teaching team for the Educational Development Unit at Heriot-Watt University. I am a member of the Higher Education Academy, UKFT, Phi Psi (Textile fraternity) and Designers Alliance.
I have established myself internationally as a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of hand-painted wallpaper. As the Creative Director of my own artisanal company, Decoupage, (1990-2019), I have not only researched unique manufacturing techniques for my designs but have also developed innovative decorating methods. Taking inspiration from nature, and using environmentally friendly materials, I concentrated my research on creating new surface qualities using combinations of materials traditionally used on textiles. I have concentrated on the design and technology interface, and have begun the journey of exploration, enhancing the wallpaper surface using electronic inks and digital materials.
Some of my key decoupage projects included:
The Royal Opera, (Budapest)
The Old Course Hotel, (St. Andrews Golf Course)
The Carlton Hotel, (Edinburgh)
Phillip Treacey’s Signature “G” Hotel group (Galway)
Hilton Hotel, (Mauritius, Newbury and Canary Wharf, London)
British Arab Commercial Bank, (London)
Manchester United Football Club (V.I.P. Lounge)
Princess Grace Hospital, ( London)
Marriott Hotel, Speke Airport, (Liverpool)
Intelligent Finance, (Edinburgh).
I am also very proud to have participated in the below competitions and projects.
Awarded First Prize for woven textile design in the J .P. Stevens Inc., competition (1983)
Prize winner for “Best Fashion Design” in the J .P .Stevens Inc., fashion competition (1986)
Designed and project managed build of own show home w/studio featured in “Home Building and Renovating” Magazine, (June 2010), the “Sunday Times” magazine and featured in several other international publications relating to own practice, as well as a joint published paper entitled, “The Role of Provenance in Luxury Textiles’,(2015).