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NTU’s Senior Lecturer in Fashion Knitwear Design inspires students in India

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) lecturer and knitwear designer Juliana Sissons delivered a stimulating workshop as part of the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme.

Panjab Uni staff and students
Juliana with staff and students from Panjab University

Organised by Panjab University in India, the fashion and textile design workshop was well attended by research scholars, faculty members, and students from Chandigarh, Hyderabad, and Rajasthan.

The GIAN programme aims to tap into the talent pool of internationally renowned experts, scientists and entrepreneurs, to encourage their engagement with higher education institutes in India to enhance the country’s existing academic resources, and promote international collaboration.

Since its launch, eight faculty development programmes have already been established, including fashion and textile design, a globally recognised creative field.

GIAN panel
GIAN panel

During the workshop, NTU’s Senior Lecturer in fashion knitwear design Juliana Sissons discussed different design techniques including draping versus flat pattern cutting, sustainable practices to create zero waste, and more. Students also learnt about surgical cutting, using their newfound skill to create their own surfaces and garment pieces.

Juliana told us: "The course went very well indeed, with students, staff and external professionals giving some excellent feedback. They learned a lot, covering topics on conceptual pattern cutting, shape making, fashion design research, sustainability in fashion design, fashion design as a political tool for communication, designing a collection, and costing design work for small businesses.”

Juliana, who has worked with the likes of Lee Alexander McQueen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Scarlett Cannon, Judy Blame, and more, captured her audience with her wealth of knowledge and expertise.

She continued: “Students were introduced to a different way of learning, which included practical workshops followed by discussion and debate. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and were very keen to learn about how we deliver workshops at NTU. I have also learned and feel enriched from my experience.”

Dr. Prabhdip Brar from Panjab University’s Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development shared Juliana’s views on aesthetics and creativity, and artistically propelled the workshop forward exploring different colour mediums.

Published on 13 March 2019
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Current students; Staff; School of Art & Design