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Our new textiles curriculum leader, Sarah Taylor, introduces herself below. We are very pleased to have her join the team.
‘My interests lie in the exploration of light within cloth. Since the mid-1990s I have specialised in light-emitting material exploiting optical fibres within woven textiles and design-led artefacts. I use traditional, craft-based processes in conjunction with digital technologies to create novel, time-based aesthetics. The nature of my practice is cross-disciplinary and I have been lucky enough to work on numerous projects with electronic and lighting specialists, designers and scientists.
I have exhibited at national and international venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Kyoto in Japan. I have been commissioned for exhibitions including, The Cutting Edge: Scotland’s Contemporary Crafts; the multi-sensory exhibition, Coming to Our Senses and was also a finalist nominee for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Textiles. The work has been featured in numerous design publications and journals including Textile Design, Art Textiles of the World, Techno Textiles and International Design Year Book series.
I graduated from Winchester School of Art specialising in woven textiles (1991) and was awarded two prizes acknowledging innovation and creativity within the subject. I gained a Textile Institute Scholarship to undertake a postgraduate diploma in textile design at Heriot-Watt University with distinction (1992) and was funded by the university to undertake an MPhil research degree where I specialised in fibre optic technology for textiles (1995).
I have enjoyed a varied academic career for nearly 20 years as a senior lecturer and Reader at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Brighton. I have taught textile students within visual design and weave and have supervised honours, master of design and doctoral students. I have external examined for 10 years and given a number of invited presentations within the UK and design institutions oversees and in Europe.
After leaving full time academia two years ago, I have enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in a digital Arts Learning and Teaching on line research project and working as an artist in residence in a collaboration project with Danish lighting designer, Tom Rossau. I am keen to develop and share my interests and knowledge in teaching, learning and research and I am looking forward to the opportunities of working with the Open College of the Arts and teaching students from diverse and interesting backgrounds.’
Note: Sarah replaces our previous textiles curriculum leader James, who moved on unexpectedly.