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On Teaching Fashion: Intercultural Communication, Obstacles and Solutions

This term, I have had the great pleasure of lecturing at a very international University with a cohort that covers the globe. It has been blissful to engage with students who bring cultural and local knowledge from their far-away homes which in turn inform their project work. The students are able to inspire one-another and benefit from an exchange of culture and trends amongst their …

On Teaching Fashion: In conclusion.

The conclusion, evaluation, summing up of a project- often perhaps an oversight after weeks and many hours of sewing a precious collection together. Previously I have written about the necessity for critical thinking in research and visual data gathering at the start of design projects. Understanding why you have gained this visual information, and what you could do with it. A sketchbook should never look …

On Teaching Fashion: Garment Production

My GCSE class have recently finished constructing their final pieces, an array of dresses, children’s wear and children’s play mats. I have also started this practical project with the year below them to begin their creative processes, this overlap of the end and beginning with the different classes has result in me creating a reflective list of do’s and don’ts for the younger cohort. Remember …

On Teaching Fashion: Learning how to teach and teaching how to learn

Image source here.   This week I was lucky to attend a conference in London on learning and teaching. The revelation was quite substantial, when I realized that we lecturers need to be taught how to best teach, how to encourage learning and how to motivate students to deliver their best possible output. This output should not only be present in university but prepare them …

On Teaching Fashion: Design and developments.

I have written before about the concept of design. And how learners in previous jobs I have had have handed to me an outline of their ‘desired final piece’ before the research or project even begins. Why is that? Well recently I have had one more student do this in a class, whilst other members of the group are taking time in developing theory, sketchbooks, …

On Teaching Fashion: Academic mobility (for women and mothers)

Have you been studying fashion and decided to move to another university? Or do a term abroad? Are you a researcher or lecturer and have changed institutions, and perhaps countries, throughout your academic career? Do you feel that there is a better career opportunity waiting for you at a different university? If you answer yes, you are experiencing “academic mobility.” The definition of this term ...

On Teaching Fashion: ‘Foliage and Decay’

Every year I joke when I make course presentations, that when the controlled assessment paper comes out, there could be such ambiguous titles as ‘Foliage and Decay’ and ‘Entrances and exits’. At this point many students either think I have lost the plot… or probably have switched of whilst I enthuse about what possibly could you do with such an open (probably to them also …

On teaching Fashion Marketing: Being critical

“The global popularity of marketing as a subject for study might suggest that those studying and teaching the subject know what it is athat they are studying and how this study should be undertaken. But […] marketing as a subject has proved almost impossible to pin down, and there is little consesus about what it means to study marketing.” This is the beginning of a …

Printing by Hand with Susan Holmes

I recently had the opportunity to attend a printing workshop with Susan Holmes, a renowned fabric artist in New Zealand, where she taught us her tips and tricks of fabric printing using stencils and brilliantly coloured fabric paints – skillfully dabbed on with a sponge. Her quick wit and sense of fun made the experience unforgettable and as a bonus I left with my own …

On Teaching Fashion: and giving it your all.

  I have spoken to many trainee teachers, or individuals thinking of entering the profession. My advice, and of many of my colleagues is that this is one of the most exhausting professions you can undertake. So, after putting on a performance every day, I return home totally shattered. Teaching is an act, and delivering the design process and encouraging creativity is particularly full on. …

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