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Karen Harrigan

Karen Harrigan


Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design with specialist knowledge of Pattern Cutting. Karen is a member of NTU’s Technical Textiles Research group and interested in the generation of innovative shapes and how these are applied to the body. She is inspired by other creative disciples and how these can be further developed into 3D forms.
I specialise in 2D – 3D translation techniques, employing innovative approaches to both flat and draping methods.

Karen teaches on the 100 credit 1st year Module FASH10104 – Design Process, Concept form and Image, being the module and project leader for the 1st 15 weeks.

Duties include:

  • Induction
  • Lectures / design tutorials / Pattern cutting / 3D workshops
  • Personal tutor/PATs tutor
  • Assessment – formative & summative feedback

Karen is also tutor on the 3rd year FASH 30103 / 30104 in 2nd half year

Duties include:

  • Design tutorials
  • 3D workshops
  • Assessment – formative & summative feedback

Karen is also involved with The organisation of the final year fashion show and Fashion Product exhibition.

Continuing responsibilities:

  • Yearly interviews
  • First aider

Career overview

  • Karen has had extensive experience within the fashion Industry - women’s / men’s and children’s wear
  • Self-employed – own business - From 1980 to 2001
  • Work included – designing / pattern cutter / grading for design / manufacturing companies
  • Private commissions, designed and manufactured bespoke leisure wear for individual customers.

Research areas

(Member of the Technical Textile research group)

Journal Paper:

  • April 2010 - Kettley, S., Downes, T, Harrigan, K. & Glazzard, M. ‘Fit for purpose? Pattern cutting and seams in wearables development’. Digital Creativity, 2010 in press.

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers:

  • June 2010 - Kettley, S., Downes, T., Glazzard, M. & Harrigan, K. ‘Fit for purpose? Pattern cutting and seams in wearables development’. Short paper, Proceedings of the 4th Create Interaction Design Conference, Edinburgh Napier University.


  • January 2011-Wonderlust Exhibition-Bonington Art Gallery at NTU
  • July 2010- Innovation & Design Materials in the 21st c. Poster presentation, Nottingham Trent University.
  • June 2010 - Craft Bursary Exhibition, Visual research Centre,Dundee, Contempary arts.
  • June 2010 - The Materials KTN & materials UK event – Made in the Future, House of Lords, London.
  • November 2009 - Fourth Annual Industrial Trust/Drapers’ company, Technical Textiles Reception & Awards Ceremony, The Industrial Trust Drapers’ Hall, London.
  • August 2009 - Reveal/reset, Ait-w, InSpace Gallery, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
  • July 2009 - Cryptic Nights, Performance, Centre for Contempary Arts, Glasgow.

I continue to be member of the ‘ Technical Textiles Research group’
Recent work completed July 2012:

  • Working in collaboration with members of the Technical Textile Team.
  • ‘Sensing Dance project’ with Danish Dance group Ingrid Kristenson,

External activity

  • Representative for NTU as Verifier to ITM
    (Institute of Fashion Design and Technology)
  • BA (Hons) in Fashion Design Level 1 & 2
  • Teaching/consultant to level 1 & 2 Fashion Design students
  • Teaching - staff development role delivering 5 day workshop to levels 1 and 2 - B.A (Hons) Fashion Design students

Sponsors and collaborators

  • SPUR. Student Project for undergraduates
  • Supervisor to two second year students. One fashion design and one textile/weave
  • Ten week programme
  • An exhibition to follow in November 2012