Kerry Curtis

Personal statement

Kerry Curtis is the Head of School - Bath School of Design, Bath Spa University. Her senior management role is focused as an academic leader, contributing to new and established methods of pedagogy in consideration with art and design practice to ensure quality and enhancement for teaching and learning within the School and the wider University.

She has current experience in leading schoolwide curriculum review projects and developing design curriculum through previous roles as Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design (2008-2016) and as Senior Teaching Fellow (2005-2009) for Bath Spa’s Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). In 2018, she has delivered workshops at part of The Future of Indian Design Education - a collaboration between British Council: Knowledge Economy Partnership: Internationalising Higher Education.

As a textile designer, she has extensive experience in working internationally with many fashion houses and manufacturers, including working in-house for Valentino, Alberta Ferretti and Nina Ricci, and a consultant for many more brands such as Chloé and Stella McCartney.

Academic qualifications

  • MA, Mixed Media Textiles - The Royal College of Art
  • BA (Hons), Fashion and Textiles - University of Central England

Professional memberships

External examiners

  • (2018 - 2021) BA (Hons), Textile Design - Norwich University of the Arts
  • (2013) MA Course Review - University of Liverpool/Domus Academy
  • (2012) School Periodic Review - Chelsea College of Art and Design
  • (2011) MA Course Review - Birmingham City University
  • (2011) BA Course Review - Buckinghamshire New University

Other external roles

  • (2003-2004) External Lecturer at The Royal College of Art
  • (2004) Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design
  • (2000 - 2001) External Consultant for Central Saint Martins in BA (Hons) Product Design

Teaching specialism

Experienced in all aspects of fashion and textile design and product development, with a specialism in Embroidery Design.

Current scholarship

Kerry Curtis’s creative practice explores preparing for an uncertain future as climate change impacts the natural world and humanities role within it. The overarching research project is titled ‘Imagining Neutopia’, comprising of sub projects and collaborative activities asking design-led questions, presenting fictional narratives and curating responses. The research aims to influence positive behavioural change in individuals, in thinking about and preparing for, our future environment.

Research supervision

Postgraduate supervisions to completion:

  • (2017) PhD, The Altered Surface: A technical investigation into hand stitch and fold interventions on fabric - Bath Spa University
  • (2017) PhD, How can my textile art and my textile craft processes contribute to a dialogue through an investigation of materials used to disposable culture? - Bath Spa University
  • (2013) PhD, Hybrid Dialogues Situational Strategies: producing postcolonial visual cultures - Bath Spa University
  • (2013) PhD, A Material led investigation into the creative potential of British 'waste' wools for fine craft felt making - Bath Spa University

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Sew cool: illustrations embroidered in style

Curtis, K (2003) 'Sew cool: illustrations embroidered in style.' Embroidery (54). pp. 22-26. ISSN 1477-3724

Making for change - an independent evaluation of Making for Change: skills in a Fashion Training & Manufacturing Workshop

Caulfield, L.S, Curtis, K and Simpson, E (2018) Making for change - an independent evaluation of Making for Change: skills in a Fashion Training & Manufacturing Workshop. London College of Fashion, UAL.

Dressing for Evacuation (2018-2019) [single-component output with contextualising information] (Forthcoming)

Curtis, K (2019) Dressing for Evacuation (2018-2019) [single-component output with contextualising information] (Forthcoming).

Imagining neutopia - dressing for evacuation

Curtis, K (2018) Imagining neutopia - dressing for evacuation. In: TentWorks - Feverish World, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA, 20 - 22 October 2018.

The Mantelpiece

Goode, A, Johnson, S, Curtis, K, Akram, S, Cappello, F, Chambers, J, Kendall, T, Loder, C, Miles, J and Nicol, K (2011) The Mantelpiece. Bath, UK, 7 - 20 November 2011.

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