Dr Fiona Jardine , LLB (Hons) BA (Hons) MFA PhD

Job Title:

Lecturer (Design History & Theory)


School of Design



Research Supervisor

Research Supervisor


Dr Fiona Jardine

Dr. Fiona Jardine is a writer and artist with a position in the School of Design as Lecturer in Design History & Theory. Graduating with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2003, she has held both Contextual and Studio teaching positions in Textile Design and Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (2006-2009), and in Critical and Contextual Studies in the School of Textiles & Design, Heriot-Watt University (2013 – 2017). She has also worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Intermedia at Edinburgh College of Art (2013). She pursued PhD research in the Social & Critical Theory Cluster at the University of Wolverhampton (2008–2013), analyzing the changing construction of artists’ signatures in their material forms, with specific reference to Marcel Duchamp’s readymade, Fountain (1917).

Fiona works collaboratively with curators, designers and community groups on research-led projects involving specific histories, collections and archives, recently designing a trade union banner for ScotPep (a Scottish charity promoting sex-worker’s rights) with the film-maker Petra Bauer and Collective, Edinburgh. In 2016, she co-organised ‘Passion for Paisley’, an exhibition and study day devoted to the presentation of Heriot-Watt University’s historic shawl collection at the Scott Gallery, Hawick Museum. With curators and designers, Panel, Maeve Redmond and Sophie Dyer, she publishes ‘The Persistence of Type’, a sporadic broadsheet devoted to creative interpretations of Scotland’s advertising and typographic histories. She is a Trustee of the Bernat Klein Foundation, which exists to promotes the legacies of Klein’s work and thought, and she serves on the Arts & Heritage Committee at House for an Art Lover.

Fiona’s academic interests in the School of Design focus on Scottish textile and fashion histories, with an emphasis on the Border woolen industry and twentieth century design. She is keen to supervise both practice-led and thesis-based PhDs which relate to her interdisciplinary interests and experience, in particular, research which focuses on theories of authenticity, appropriation and authorship in art and design; 20th century Scottish culture; Scottish textile and fashion histories; fashion narratives; crossover issues in textile, fashion and contemporary art practices; contemporary critique in craft and design.