I am currently studying part-time for a practice based PhD; thesis title ‘A methodology for working with textile archives to develop a design response, using the Parker Knoll archive as a test case’.
In October 2016 I gave a paper at the Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities Conference at The Lowry Centre, Salford, entitled ‘From Museum to Mannequin’, based on the impact of The Fabric of the City Exhibition. The exhibits from The Fabric of the City have been used during The Cass Fashion Summer School for Inner London Sixth Formers, to demonstrate how the designers were inspired by the museum and archive artefacts. My conference paper discusses how this model can be expanded to encourage new audiences for museums.
I have been invited to speak further on this topic at the National Archives in 2017.
2016 PHD RESEARCH IN PRACTICE, Art and Design PhD Symposium (Nottingham Trent University) presented paper ‘What precedents can I appeal to in framing my research process? Developing Methodologies for Creating a Textile Design Collection, based on Archive Material’
2016 Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities Conference, National Archives and Research Libraries UK Conference, Lowry Centre, Salford, presenting paper ‘From Museum to Mannequin’.
2015 The Cass, London Metropolitan University, Organised and chaired The Fabric of the City Symposium, on Archives and Designing in the City. Speakers from the V & A, Royal College of Art, Falmouth University, Bradford College of Design.
2014 CHORD Conference Incomplete Textiles and Dress in Museums and Historic Houses, presented paper on ‘The influence of the Parker Knoll Company on the textile manufacturing industry, and on the furniture purchasing choices made by the British public, 1930-50’