Caroline is a part time senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course, after gaining her PGCE she has taught at Leeds Arts University since 2003.
She completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art and prior to teaching Caroline’s fashion experience is within womenswear as a designer. Alongside the design of creative womenswear another specialism is hand drawn fashion illustration. Commissioned work has been for fashion designers and within the trend forecasting industry.
Her work has featured in Drapers Record and she has exhibited in a number of exhibitions in London, including ‘The Show’ ‘Work in Progress and ‘Graduate Fashion Week’.
As final year tutor on the Fashion Design and Realisation pathway her responsibilities include module development, the teaching and assessment of creative research, conceptual development of design ideas through to a material outcome and portfolio work. Caroline is also involved in the teaching and assessment of level 5 and some lecturing on the Creative Practice MA at the University.
Caroline’s research interests are: Slow Fashion and the return of craftsmanship in textiles and garments. Her interdisciplinary methodology includes a fine art approach to drawing and mixed media whilst challenging the perceptions of what traditional craft skills such as hand stitching or crochet can be.
Caroline’s research is also engaged with using archives in the teaching of fashion through focusing on the work of the influential fashion designer Gerald McCann. She is currently planning an exhibition to take place in 2016 which will focus on Gerald’s career through the 1960s, his time and work in New York and his influence and impact on the British fashion Industry.