Dr Helena Britt PGCert Supervision in Creative Practices, The Glasgow School of Art PhD, The Glasgow School of Art MA Printed Textiles, Royal College of Art BA (Hons) Printed Textiles, Liverpool John Moores University

Job Title:

Lecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator, Subject Leader Printed Textiles


School of Design



Interwoven Connections
An exhibition and research project curated by Helena Britt

Interwoven Connections


Dr Helena Britt

Dr Helena Britt, Fashion & Textiles (F&T) lecturer, responsibilities involve coordination, teaching and research. Interests for supervisory responsibilities include:
∞ Historical textiles, archives and collections; utilisation of archival resources;
∞ Printed textiles, creative processes; practice focused methodologies; impact of digital technologies;
∞ Design education; research, practice, scholarship and teaching linkages; industry and education connections.

Pioneers of Post-War Pattern
Collaboration with Centre for Advanced Textiles and GSA Archives & Collections (A&C) to uncover the work of post-World War female pattern designers represented in GSA’s archives through historical enquiry and practice-led investigation; resulted in exhibition pop-ups ‘Pattern Pioneers’ and ‘Pioneers of Post-War Pattern’.

The Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show, 1947-2017
F&T, A&C and Alumni Relations collaboration to celebrate the GSA Fashion Show 70th anniversary. Involvement was as research curator; outcomes included exhibition (Incorporation of Skinners & Glovers funded), journal article and conference contribution.

Fraser Taylor and The Cloth, 1977-1987
The Textile Society funding enabled cataloguing, digitisation and initial investigation surrounding GSA’s Fraser Taylor and The Cloth Collection, activity continues.

Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005
Principal investigator for project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Design History Society, supported by Duncan Chappell (GSA Library). Findings from historical investigation, archival enquiry and oral histories increased understanding of carpet design in Scotland, by examining the workings of the Stoddard Templeton design studio and in particular utilisation of the design library. Outcomes included exhibition, publication, film, lecture, talks, workshops, article, conference paper and presentations.

PhD co-supervisor (with Dr Sally Tuckett, Dr Sabine Wieber, University of Glasgow) for Jonathan Clever, ‘The design of machine-made carpets & technical innovation in the Stoddard Templeton archives’.

Awaken: New Textiles Inspired by the Archives & Collections at The Glasgow School of Art
Led by Jimmy Stephen-Cran, (HoD F&T, GSA) this project, examined the interpretation of archive material for contemporary design and explicated examples of creative process. Collaboration with Elaine Bremner (Lecturer, GSA), resulted in textile collection, exhibition, publication, journal article, conference paper and presentations.

Practising to Teach: an investigation into the role of the designer educator in the development of digitally created and digitally printed textiles.
Doctoral research centred on textiles higher education, with findings transferable to other disciplines. Using self-case study, survey and case studies, the thesis argued that, for textile designer educators, working in an increasingly digital age, undertaking creative practice is of critical importance, due to significant benefits of engagement in this activity. Outputs included journal articles (2013, 2012) and conference papers (2013, 2012).

Subject Associations and Networks
Chair, Association of Fashion & Textile Courses
• Network Collaborator, ReCREATE
• GSA Representative, Scottish Textile Academic Group

Conference Organisation, Reviewing and Editorial Boards
• Chair, Futurescan 4: Valuing Practice
• Co-Editor, Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
• Reviewer, Research Journal of Textile and Apparel
• Reviewer, D_TEX Conference: Textiles, Identity and Innovation
• Arts & Humanities Research Council Peer Review College member,
• Chair, Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities

External Examiner
Loughborough University, University of Bolton, Central St. Martins, University of Brighton, Norwich University of the Arts, Nottingham Trent University.

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Beneath The Cloth

Beneath The Cloth Britt, Helena and Taylor, Fraser (20...

10/04/19 11:59

The History of the Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show an Evolving Pedagogy

The History of the Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show an ...

04/04/19 10:20

Learning from The Cloth: Investigating 1980s Pedagogy, Creative Processes and Collaborative Practices

Learning from The Cloth: Investigating 1980s Pedagogy, Cr...

11/02/19 12:48