Wednesday, 29 September 2010


the new term at NUCA has started - i have the timetable for camberwell and the weekend saw me at snape watching the latest faster than sound - most excellent the evening was an exploration of the brain and sound with composers Mira Calix, Anna Meredith, design research studio and neuroscientist Professor Vincent Walsh- the installation by Loop ph was stunning - meanwhile I have spent a couple of days working on the diptych photographs of woods - this has resulted in some experiments with digital printing and water along with folding. the work is becoming a mixture of work that needs to be in the hand and on the wall.

Monday, 13 September 2010


well the final Textile Culture show at NUCA is up and running - check out the link to the online catalogue

my forward to their handout -

MA Textile Culture 2010

I couldnt understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch
And I told em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their cloth

Coat of many colours – Dolly Parton

I have great pleasure in celebrating the achievements of the students work in what is the last MA Textile Culture Graduate Exhibition. You will see a wide ranging approach to the idea of textile activity but at the core of the work is a meticulous examination of the individual’s relationship to making and thinking.

The individual student is at the centre of their learning, identifying their interests, defining their research and developing strategies to critically examine their ideas. All this is undertaken with the support of the experienced staff working on the course; enabling the students to develop their own vision of what textile culture is, for them.
When we are unsure of something we often attempt to define it in the negative; by what it is not. The MA Textile Culture course at Norwich University College Arts holds a position both politically and conceptually of positive inclusivity. It recognises the interconnected world it exists within whilst positioning a critical examination of the function, meaning and experience of textiles at its centre.
The students were encouraged to seek out links, forge connections between ideas and to thread, yes thread, ideas together to form a matrix which gave the course the feeling of constant renewal. The ubiquitous nature of textiles can make it demanding – identifying research routes can be a challenge. I am very proud that each student has succeeded and is producing exciting, unique work.
Norwich University College of the Arts remains committed to the study of textiles, within the context of the needs of the cultural and creative industries, through the development of a new MA in Textile Design which is launched in September 2010.

Les Bicknell - Acting Course Leader MA Textile Culture.

Thursday, 2 September 2010


one of the real pleasures of being employed in higher education is working with other creative professionals. i have spent the past week assessing the MAs for Drawing, Writing the Visual and Textile Culture at NUCA. alongside the responsibility it is a privilege to spent time with the students work, this experience is enhanced by doing it with people such as Ashley Stokes and Andrea Holland for MAWTV, Caroline Wright and Colin Nicholas for MAD and Victoria Mitchell and Sue Maton for MATC