Alison Davies FHEA PGCE

Screen-shot-2011-12-12-at-16.35.59-150x100.pngPostgraduate Diploma: Future of Textiles, Central St Martins FHEA PGCE
e: adavies@cardiffmet.ac.uk





Specialist Subject Areas

Future Materials
Sustainability
Textiles
Fashion
Interiors

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate Professional & Research Skills: Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, March 2012.
Postgraduate Diploma: Future Materials, Central St Martins School of Art and Design.
FHEA, PGCE.
BA Hons Fashion and Textiles Bath University
RGN Hastings school of Nursing

Biography

My passion is the exploration of emerging sciences and technologies, new processes and materials as well as current trends and behavioral insights in order to generate new design scenarios, speculations, artifacts and applications that will help contribute to a more sustainable tomorrow. Collaborated with a team of explorers to prepare for an expedition to the South Pole, the overall aim was to produce material that was intelligent/protective. The material we established was derived from Aerogel, and it proved to be a successful/expedition and collaboration.

I am a freelance designer and have regularly shown my work at Heimtext and Premier Vision. I am a member of Welsh Institute Research And Design and DIGIT. I continue to develop my own designs, focusing on new technologies and smart materials. I have gained a great deal of relevant research through interaction with CSAD Textile Research group.

Member of VIII Bienal International / 8th International Biennial World Textile Art Madrid, 2019 since November 25, 2018

Current research

My research over the last few years have led me into the rapidly changing development of smart materials which I believe to be crucial to the future of the industry and I feel should be an Important element embedded throughout the 3 years of the Textiles course. I was lucky enough to gain work experience in Japan for 4 months and worked along side some of Japanese top textile designers in today’s current design discipline such as: Reiko Sudo director of Nuno designs, Yoshika Hishinuma. Also experienced the Japanese textile industry, from the hand crafted to the high technology. Research to date is: To investigate how Future Materials and New Technologies could benefit Inclusive Design. I am on the verge of signing up to undergo my Mphil/Phd under the supervision of Jane McCann who is one of the outstanding researchers in this field.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Design Critique for Laurence king publishing 2009/present 

Consultant Smart Technology 2006 – present 

Freelance Designer 1999 – Present 

Design Consultant 1999 – Present 

Exhibition at ‘Urban Outfitters High Street Kensington 2004

Joint Textile Exhibition at the Millennium Centre 2006 

Exhibited and sold textile art pieces in several Edinburgh Galleries on numerous occasions.

Joint Staff Exhibition 2015/16/17/18 Arts Academy Cardiff

Awards
Fellowship in Education 2010

Enterprise Projects and/or Industrial Links

IKEA Cardiff, Melin tregywnt, John Lewis, Pelican Health Care products. 

Reiko Sudo – Nuno Designs. Continued links with Reiko Sudo and continued relationship after spending time working with her in Japan, on several occasions.