Gareth Wadkin is a Textile Designer, Printmaker and Lecturer for BA (Hons) Textile Design. Gareth’s design specialism includes innovative and traditional printmaking, dyeing and screen-printing practices. As a printed textile designer, researcher and educator he brings to the course a wealth of teaching and professional design experience.
Gareth studied for his undergraduate degree in Textile Design and a PGCE in Continuing Education at University of Leeds. He gained an MA in Textile Practice from Manchester Metropolitan University and he was awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.
Gareth’s professional background, research and public engaged practice has led him to collaborate with the Crafts Council, Arts Council England, Nike, Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Club, Leeds Museums and Galleries, The Tetley, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield and the Thought Bubble Festival.
His current pedagogic research and scholarly practice explore specialist sustainable craft practice, collaboration and interdisciplinary pedagogy in creative arts education. Gareth’s own creative practice has a great focus on sustainable colour through the art natural dyeing and transforming traditional printmaking and screen-printing methods to digital outcomes. His current role on BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design involves supporting undergraduates at Level 4, teaching and supporting learning across all modules through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.