Dr Helena Britt PhD PGCert Supervision (Creative Practices) MA (RCA) Printed Textiles BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles (First Class)

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Lecturer, Undergraduate Pathway Coordinator, Subject Leader Printed Textiles


School of Design



Interwoven Connections
An exhibition and research project curated by Helena Britt

Interwoven Connections


Dr Helena Britt

Helena Britt is a lecturer in the Department of Fashion and Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art Responsibilities include coordinating the undergraduate fashion and textiles programme, facilitating printed textiles learning and teaching, working with the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) on knowledge exchange activities.

Research interests encompass aspects of contemporary and historical textile design practice, education and industry. Helena holds a PGCert Supervision in Creative Practices (2013), PhD (2008) and MA from the Royal College of Art (2001).
Research interests for supervisory responsibilities include:

• Textile design education, the educator role; research/practice/scholarship and teaching linkages (EADA);
• Scottish textiles, archives and collections; connections between textile design education and industry (MC);
• Utilisation and interpretation of archival resources by creative practitioners; practice focused methodologies (MC);
• Printed textile design, the impact of digital technologies on creative practice and production (DI).

Research activity has included Principal Investigator for the project, Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005 funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Design History Society. Outcomes from this project encompassed journal articles, conference papers and presentations, an exhibition, accompanying publication, vimeo film, public lecture, gallery talks and workshops. Proceeding work undertaken with Elaine Bremner (Subject Leader Woven Textiles, GSA), as part of a group project, Awaken, examined the interpretation of archive material for contemporary textile design and explicated examples of creative process. The project led by Jimmy Stephen-Cran, (Head of the Department of Fashion & Textiles, GSA) resulted in an exhibition, publication, seminar, conference and symposium contributions.

Helena has been involved with aspects of the research and knowledge exchange activity at CAT, including Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher Scheme projects and the Technology Strategy Board funded Digital Art Capture Project. These projects connect to Helena’s doctoral research, which investigated the role of the designer educator in the development of digitally created and digitally printed textiles. A self-case study, survey and interview methods were used to elicit the multifarious nature of the textile designer educator role existent in the UK HE sector, specifically in relation to utilisation of digital technology. The critical importance for textile designer educators to undertake creative practice was evidenced, due to the positive benefits attributed to engagement in this activity.

Currently, Helena is Chair of the Association of Degree Courses in Fashion & Textiles (FTC), a subject association with 56 UK member institutions. Activities include organising the conference Futurescan 3: Interesting Identities, November 2015. She has been involved in various reviewing activities and is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. External examining experience includes work at PhD level (Nottingham Trent University, 2012) and at MDes / BA (Hons) level (Central St. Martins, 2014 – to date; University of Brighton, 2013 – to date; Norwich University of the Arts, 2013).

Helena has worked as a textile designer on a freelance and commission basis. Collections of interior textile products have been exhibited and produced for interior designers, architects and for retail.

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Beneath The Cloth: Examining 1980s Pedagogy, Creativity and Subcultures

Beneath The Cloth: Examining 1980s Pedagogy, Creativity a...

21/08/17 11:27

Post- War Pattern Pioneers: Commercialising archives through digital technology

Post- War Pattern Pioneers: Commercialising archives thro...

05/06/17 10:12

Beneath the Pile: Investigating the Designers, Design Studios and Design Processes of Stoddard Templeton

Beneath the Pile: Investigating the Designers, Design Stu...

04/04/17 14:11