Short Teaching Description

I am interested in the notion of aesthetics as a discourse of the body, and the body extended, as in dress, architecture, and material object and performance/movement.

What do institutions which propose to be involved in textiles/form/crafting and art making do?  I believe it is our responsibility to not be comfortable with the status quo, but to be open to exploring new paradigms and methodologies.

Since 2000 I have taught numerousTextile/Fashion courses as an adjunct faculty member in the following insititutions:  NSCAD University, Canada; Dalhousie Universtiy, Canada; Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada; and the Trans-art (Graduate) Institute, Germany. The breadth of my teaching practice is evidenced by my years of conceiving and delivering a wide variety of curriculum. For a most of these years I taught a full course load or more that a full course load. 

Courses conceived, developed, and delivered:

  • Repeating Pattern (for art, textile or design students)

  • Silk-Screen Printing on cloth (I have taught this dozens of times)

  • Intermediate Dye and Print (specialized processes include natural dying, devore, discharge, cloque, and advanced printing and dying techniques)

  • Introduction to Weaving

  • 3 Dimensional Soft form

  • Experimental Fashion

  • Draping (The Sculpture of Dress) 

  • Hybrid Practice Strategies considering Textiles/Clothing/Art Practices

  • Foundation Textiles with an emphasis on portable textile techniques

In addition to this I have taught many workshops which include processes such as natural dye, felting, reuse/repair, and experimental weaving classes.  These courses are often programs delivered in gallery spaces, or specialized summer schools.

I take seriously my commitment to communicate the vastness and complexity of textile’s place in the world.  Through the introduction of a wide range of techniques, artist works, historical contexts, crafted artifacts, and theoretical readings, I attempt to provide a multiplicity of entry points.  Students may recognize something in these presented variables, which helps them to identify their studio practice, as well as explore their academic and artistic identity.  I tend to “mix it up”, providing a broad context for fibre and textile practices suited to University programs.  Teaching has been very satisfying, and I am often surprised and excited by the work the students are producing.