Preparation for HE

Claire Flexen

Pathway Leader – Preparation for HE

BA Hons Textile Design Winchester School of Art MA Illustration AUB

Biography

Claire is Pathway Leader in Fashion Costume Textiles on the Foundation Diploma Art and Design at AUB.  After graduating from Winchester School of Art in BA Hons Textile Design and 1 year of a Post-Graduate qualification, Claire worked in the Textiles industry for many years and has previous experience of teaching at a number of institutions at both FE and HE level including Brighton, Northbrook and Winchester School of Art. She has been a lecturer at AUB since 2000 – initially as a visiting tutor and then in her present role as Pathway Leader since 2008. She has worked for a range of companies as a textile designer on both a freelance and employed basis. She was a senior designer at ‘Crowson Fabrics Ltd’ and at ‘Sheridan'(TIA) in Sydney Australia and Design Manager at ‘Hardy Fabrics Ltd’ in Poole. She has designed printed, woven and embroidered textiles for fashion and interiors including: wallpaper, bed linen, scarves, curtain and upholstery fabric and fashion prints. She has been commissioned by a range of companies including: Liberty, John Lewis, Kandola, Lanfine and H&S Fabrics. Her work has been exhibited at Trade Fairs in: London, Paris, Japan, Brussels, New York and Frankfurt. She has a small design studio in Poole and her current professional practice includes colour consultancy work and trends for interior furnishing companies.

Her recent work has been exhibited at The Venice Architecture Biennale in the British Pavilion November 2018  This was following the creative workshop ‘Collapsible Spaces’ in the Crab Studio at AUB- with Professor Sian Bowen.

 Also two pieces of work were exhibited in the  in B Block Gallery ‘Melange’ show at AUB  – Sept to Nov 2018 .

 

Teaching & professional practice

In her role as Pathway Leader Claire is responsible for the management of the team and the specialist teaching and learning required for her fashion, costume and textiles students. The pathway is diverse and  covers a wide range of subject areas within fashion, costume and textiles. She is responsible for managing the team and with their support organising an extensive range of practical workshops and seminars and devising appropriate project briefs which focus on topics such as diversity and sustainability. She contributes to the development of the Course Curriculum by attending planning meetings and staff development workshops and seminars. She visits exhibitions and trade fairs regularly and undertakes staff development, which gives currency to curriculum development. She attended the ‘Transition: Re-Thinking Textiles and Surfaces’ Conference at the University of Huddersfield in November 2014.   In May 2016 – along with the support of her team, she organised a Fashion Show for Prep HE Fashion students.  This was held in the new Crab Drawing Studio at AUB.  She is also due to complete her Masters Degree (part-time) in Illustration at AUB in September 2020.

Professional memberships

  • SET membership (ongoing–2019)
  • Association of Illustrators (2018–present day)
  • The Textile Society (2016–present day)
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