PRINTED TEXTILES STAFF PROFILES:
The printed textile area is a bright and impressively set up brace of studios in the heart of C block. OC09 and OCO43 offer a full function of prepress, printing and dye activity. Both screen printing and heat transfer printing is supported and the studio layout will generally allow open access during scheduled workshop times. The printed textiles staff work closely with the Print and Digital Centre's. This helps cross fertilise approaches to print and printmaking on a wider basis.
Another old stager. my association with Bower Ashton dates back to 1972 firstly as a student where I studied Textile design. In a similar fashion to other colleagues I was offered initially a temporary one year position in 1975 as a term time technician. The rest is history, as here I am decades later still here.
During the many years that I have worked at Bower Ashton I have been involved in numerous activities involving development and experience with other areas. I have worked with the Bristol Old Vic and helped to establish close ties which resulted in working with Theatre school students, free lance designers and areas of television and theatre. All of this has added greatly to my experience and understanding of how adaptable the textile specialism can be. Outside of this I am also an active musician/drummer and have played in several bands in and around Bristol. I also enjoy recording and my other passion football.
My association with Bower Ashton dates from 1975, when I commenced studying in Fine Art, for which I achieved a BA (Hons) degree in 1978. Later that year, I was offered a position as an Art & Design technician at the Education dept., Redland Hill, supporting the B Ed (Hons) Art course. This department was staffed largely by lecturers, tutors and technicians from the main Bower Ashton Art college, both sites being part of the then, Bristol Polytechnic. During my employment there, I was occasionally seconded to work at Bower Ashton, in the print area. The Polytechnic became Bristol’s second university, UWE, in 1992. In 2001, The B Ed Art (or teacher-training) course was relocated to a purpose-built Education faculty at the main UWE campus at Frenchay. I spent the next 15 years supporting the various art-based teaching courses there until, due to changes in course structures and falling student numbers, I transferred to the Print Centre at Bower Ashton, firstly on a part-time basis, then fully in 2016. I have recently undertaken a flexible retirement scheme, although this has had little impact on my work schedule, as I have agreed to work full-time during busy periods, taking longer leave during vacations.