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Kerry Walton

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Programme Director for Textiles: Innovation and Design

Trained as a weaver, Kerry is principally interested in textile design, construction and associated processes. Her current research is based around exploration of the relationships between drawing and textiles, both within her own practice and also concerning the relevance of these issues to a contemporary textiles education.

Kerry's practice led research has developed in a number of directions, with a particular interest in non-traditional approaches, using heat and laser applications. Her interest in applying this research to an industrial context led to a project with Heritage Cashmere funded by a Materials and Design Exchange Spark award, looking at laser applications for natural fibre textiles. In collaboration with the Textiles Research Group, she was involved with developing the Lasers and Creativity symposium held at Loughborough in November 2009, and the Textiles Research in Process symposium, 2011.

Drawing has always played an important part in the development of Kerry’s design work, and as a member of TRACEY she been involved in a number of drawing related activities exhibiting drawing work in the United States and in the UK.

For the past six years Kerry has been Secretary to the FTC Subject Association of Courses in Fashion and Textile Design and is a member of its steering group. The association provides a forum for discussion and debate through regular conferences, supporting the sharing of knowledge and experience within the HE community, and research in the field through a programme of annual research events.

SAA611 Visual Research for Textiles

SAA612 Design Development for Textiles

SAA613 Textiles: Process and Exploration

SAA614 Textiles: Exploration and Application

 

Kerry Walton is the Programme Director for Textiles: Innovation & Design, rated 1st in the UK for Fashion and Textiles (The Guardian University Guide 2017). Her current research explores the relationship between drawing and textiles, both within her own practice and within the scope of a contemporary Textiles education. With experience of design education spanning 5 decades both as educator, researcher and practitioner, teaching and research are inextricably linked and the focus of her work reflects on the integration of traditional craft skills with evolving digital opportunities and the ability of drawing to facilitate this relationship.

The recent publication of a book of edited papers ‘Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age’, editors Faith Kane, Kerry Walton and Nithikul Nimkulrat, describes how Textile practitioners have adapted to and ultimately thrived in response to the adaptation of new technologies. The fast pace of change in the last two decades, largely driven by the wide availability of digital media, and production capability within a broader global context, has necessitated a swift response by educational institutions, and significant reflection on where the priorities might lie for students. In response to this, and the external professional context, the programme has recently established a new specialist pathway, Integrated Digital Practice, which focusses on a new approach to textile design education. The priorities for this pathway are informed by the notion of crafted digital design - students will develop a deep understanding of digital design and production processes, integrating knowledge of materials and drawing expertise.

For the past eight years Kerry has regularly contributed to the FTC - Fashion and Textiles Subject Association - as secretary and is currently a member of the steering group. The association provides a forum for discussion and debate through regular conferences, supporting the sharing of knowledge and experience within the HE community and research in the field through a programme of annual research events. The most recent publication 'Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities' is available from the Subject Association website.

Kerry welcomes supervision with interests particularly in textiles, drawing, and laser applications for textiles.