Neil is currently Subject Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print at the University for the Creative Arts at Rochester. Neil worked extensively on the validation, development and resourcing of the degree in 2009, which has seen an investment of more than 100,000GBP into new workshops for students. The resource combines a new, state-of-the-art digital textiles facility with traditional print methods.

"I think it is important for students to understand the sophisticated elements of both traditional and contemporary methods of printing for fashion. Today’s designers are creating catwalk collections using digital printing methods and we want to arm our students with industry-standard technology. The School of Fashion at UCA Rochester already boasts a computer-aided manufacture (CAM) suite and atelier workshops - the new digital resource adds another distinctive element."

UCA has also funded Neil’s research into digital media for textiles. The aim of the research is to establish a link between digital and traditional textile printing techniques and to explore the potential of emerging digital textile methods. As a designer-maker with twenty years experience in making and selling work, Neil is well positioned to explore the possibilities that digital media present to the discipline of textile printmaking. Neil has combined drawing and hand generated methods with computer-manipulated images, which are then printed and hand finished.

In 2007-2008, Neil was seconded to the College of Fine Art and Design at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates as a textiles consultant, setting up new degree courses in Fashion and Textiles. He worked closely with architects, suppliers and manufacturers to commission a new building to house new courses in fashion, print and contemporary jewellery.

"The experience was challenging, but immensely rewarding. Having the opportunity to work in Sharjah was an invaluable professional experience and provided a fascinating insight into a developing creative culture. As co-ordinator to the College, I enjoyed working with a lively and talented group of students who will go on to be the first group of fashion, textiles and jewellery graduates from the College of Fine Arts. I will watch their progress with interest as they create their own mark on the industry nationally and internationally."
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