Kerry Curtis


Personal statement

Kerry Curtis is the Assistant Dean at Bath School of Art & Design and the former Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Three Dimensional Design.

As a practicing international textile designer, specialising in embroidery, she has:

  • worked in-house for fashion brands including Valentino, Alberta Ferretti and Nina Ricci
  • worked as a consultant for ChloĆ© and Stella McCartney, and
  • developed designs sold to Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Fendi.

Other projects have included creating pieces for music videos, illustrations, styling and exhibition curation.

Kerry is currently the Treasurer and a Steering Group Member of the Fashion & Textile Course Association. 

Kerry represents the Academic Board on the Board of Governors.

Academic qualifications

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

Professional memberships

External examiners

  • (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, specifically Embroidery.

Current scholarship

Kerry Curtis current interests explore at how designers discover inspiration and how they use the things they find to influence their design process, this fits under the umbrella title 'The Mantelpiece Project'.

As part of STUFF BATH 2011, saw the first exhibition in a series of planned exhibitions.

The exhibition description:
'In existence, the mantelpiece commands the focus of the domestic interior; an altar, serving as a place to exhibit precious and sentimental objects. It has a permanence and somehow stands quietly separate from the daily life around it. On the mantelpiece everyone is able to curate the things they most love.

For many designers visiting the car-boot or charity shop, is as regular as doing the grocery shop. Back at home, they cant help but curate and showcase arrangements of found and made objects, residing on mantelpieces, shelves, sideboards and window sills. Initiating the connection between looking for, collecting, sorting, thinking, designing and making.

The Mantelpiece looks at these inspirational collections of objects. Individually, the items may be viewed as beautiful, incredibly crafted or even plain ugly and pointless, yet when arranged on a mantelpiece this stuff creates a narrative, expressing the design handwriting of the creator.

In this exhibition, a group of designers, who have close links with the Bath School of Art and Design, recreate their mantelpieces, displaying personal, yet disparate windows through which the audience can catch a glimpse of the private world of design, designers and the objects that inspire the creation of new stuff.'

For more information go to http://www.stuffbath.com. For images http://pinterest.com/themantelpiece/the-mantelpiece/

Research supervision

Postgraduate supervisions to completion:

  • (2013) Ph.D - Bath Spa University
    Hybrid Dialogues Situational Strategies: producing postcolonial visual cultures
  • (2013) Ph.D - Bath Spa University
    A Material led investigation into the creative potential of British 'waste' wools for fine craft felt making.

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

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.

Textile designs for Loewe

Curtis, K (2013) Textile designs for Loewe.

Edit profile | Website feedback to web@bathspa.ac.uk