Hayley Meaden is a Lecturer in the School of Art & Design, currently on Costume Design and Making.
Using intricately sculptured textiles and metal, Hayley harnesses the narrative potential of wearable art to explore elation, expression and empathy; to tell a tale, encourage escapism and fan flames of the fantastical. Her undercurrent of self-questioning and emotional openness touches our need to be at one with ourselves, to find our place, to connect, to create, to feel free.
As a lecturer in the arts, Hayley’s research aims are to explore sustainable practice within the arts and arts education, both from an environmental perspective and exploring creative practice as an essential tool in sustaining ones well-being. Aiming to develop collaborative projects that would challenge this trend, making real improvements to the way we live and the way we create and exploring material, clothing and self-curation as a means to connect and communicate.
Outside of the university, Hayley undertakes a variety of creative projects and exhibitions through her creative studio, Freeformity. She runs creative workshops with people of various ages. She is an experienced costume designer, supervisor and maker and is also a trained jeweller and visual artist and has exhibited, curated and completed projects in the UK and internationally.