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Research Seminar Writing on Design: An overview on the researching and writing processes for a textile design book

Dr Simon Clarke

14 January 2009
15.30 hrs – 16.55 hrs
Conference Room,


The presentation simply aims to chart in a semi-structured narrative the process of writing and importantly identifying imagery in the gradual formation of a textile design publication with London based publishers Laurence King. This is a project that has been running for nearly two years and is now drawing towards a conclusion. The presentation will draw on the sequential development of chapters and on my thought process in the formation of the chapters in relation to the overall book. Discussion regarding textual and image content and their relationship to target market will be considered. The discourse between author, editor and picture researcher is also examined.

Dr Simon Clarke grew up in St Ives in Cornwall. After completing a foundation course at UCF he completed a degree in printed textiles at Middlesex University and an MA in Printed textiles at Birmingham City University. His PhD research also at Birmingham City University examined a relatively unexplored textile called ‘Kanga’ found throughout the regions of East Africa and the Indian Ocean. This research involved a series of fieldwork seasons in Africa. He has contributed towards international conferences and publications on the subject of African arts. He has exhibited his textile art works internationally and many of his pieces have been featured in textile design books. He has lectured widely in this country and abroad including at Goldsmith College, Kenyatta University and Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently senior lecturer in printed textile design on the BA(Hons) Textile Design Degree course and Pathway Leader for the MA in Textile Design. He is currently writing a book called ‘Textile Design’ with London based publisher Laurence King.