BA (Hons) coursesTextiles

Staff Research

Anne-Marie Howat – Course Leader

One aspect of Anne-Marie’s work responds to the immediate environment in which she lives. Fabrics that possess a history or previous purpose have inspired the outcomes produced. A bag, a pair of gloves, a stocking top can initiate a response.

The objects she is drawn to evoke a reaction, a sense of implicit history intrinsically woven into the fibre, weave, or print. A found fabric or disposed of artefact generates an emotional response as she invents a narrative based on the subtle hints of the objects previous existence.

In practical terms her work is developed in stitch and print upon suitable found surfaces, combining the objects with images and information from the locality, suggesting local inhabitants and their environment.

Anne-Marie also has an excitement and passion for developing fabrics for fashion utilising manipulation, machine embroidery, and construction methods.

Emma Shercliff, Senior Lecturer in Stitch Construct

Emma’s specialist knowledge and experience lies within stitched textiles stretching from bespoke tailoring through the hand crafts of embroidery, plain sewing, braiding, patchwork and quilting, to CAD embroidery applications, manipulated textile surfaces and constructions using stitched methods, and the production of unique prototypes for contemporary art installations. Her creative practice continues to develop in a variety of contexts influenced by combining traditional textile craft techniques with the challenging particularity of collective projects, producing textile works, video and writings.

Emma’s research interests embrace contemporary values of hand stitching skills and consider the differences between implicit and explicit forms of knowledge and the significance of the ‘hand’ within a post-industrial culture of consumption. Experiences of making processes, and their documentation, are privileged in her explorations of: shared social exchanges through creative practices; of metaphor within creative textile practices; of the acquisition and transmission of embodied knowledges; and of experiments with skills workshops as research methodologies. She is currently completing a PhD through practice at the Royal College of Art entitled Articulating Stitch. She has presented papers at conferences and symposia, led seminars and workshops, and participates in talks, walks and workshops with fellow practitioners and researchers.

Kelly Gilbert, Lecturer Printed Textiles

Kelly has recently completed a Masters at London College of Fashion. The body of work parallels two interests, the first responds to materials culture; environments and objects that contain traces of memory and marks of personality, the second explores a fascination with geometry as a method to organize and visualize everyday information. These themes are brought together as a fashion collection and questions how sound and narrative can be translated into visual pattern across a garment contrasting the clarity and the aesthetics of error.

Digital design as a key skill, Kelly is constantly inspired by technology as a way to achieve more than we have been able to before.  The effective combination of new digital techniques and traditional methods to create a hybrid craft informs her practice and feeds directly into teaching across the degree program.