In the role as Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design, Amanda provides subject leadership and management for a staff team of 30+, which includes the Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG).
Prior to becoming Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design in 2013, Amanda was Principle Lecturer in Textile Design and led on the Chartered Society of Designers accreditation. While in this role she published the key text book Printed Textile Design with Lawrence King Publishers. Amanda has also maintained research interests and for the past ten years has worked with the lace archive which is held within the school and she leads the lace heritage research group.
She co-organised a season of city wide events called Lace:Here:Now in 2013 which included exhibitions, film showings, lace making, an academic symposium and lectures across the main cultural venues in Nottingham, later co-editing a book of the same name. In 2018 she has curated an exhibition ‘Lace Unarchived’ which includes work from the NTU archive and from designers, artists and manufacturers of Nottingham Lace. She has published and exhibited widely on lace and heritage related issues.
Amanda teaches across the Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear MA courses and is a supervisor for PhD students
Following a first degree in Surface Pattern, Amanda worked as a commercial printed textile designer for major high street names for interior fabrics and wallpapers. This was then followed by an MA at Middlesex University in Computing in Design.
Amanda’s work in the University has involved curating and making and she has been involved in a series of research focused exhbitions including: Capturing Rhythm and Space and Metallic Sound: Junichi Arai and Kinor Jiang, Journeys in Lace Part One and Part Two, Crafting Anatomies: Materials, performance, identity and Lace Unarchived.
Her research has been regularly published in book chapters and journals, such as, lace:here:now (2013), Textile Design:Principles, advances and applications (2011), Textile Design Research and Practice (2017). She has also co-edited a number of publications.
Having worked with the lace archive at NTU for the past ten years I am interested in a number of issues related to lace and heritage: the use of archives by creative practitioners, how archives and object based learning can be used in educational contexts, the pedagogic use that was made of the archive as a teaching collection. The social context of lace design and the development of skills in a textile context
Amanda is currently an external examiner for Textile Design at Duncan of Jordanstone and has previously been EE at Norwich Univeristy of the Arts, Bath Spa University and Chelsea School of Art. She has also Examined PhD’s on Smart Textiles, Sustainable Textiles, Lace Heritage and Pattern Cutting Methodologies at institutions across the UK.
Amanda is a board Member for UK Young Artists, a charitable organisation who have national portfolio recognition from the Arts Council. She is a reviewer for a number of publishers and journals as well as for number of annual and bi-annual conferences.
Amanda is on the steering group of the Association of Fashion and Textile Courses (FTC) and sits on the research committee of the International Federation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI).
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Amanda's areas of expertise are:
- Printed textiles
- Textile design
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