EDUCATION AND WORKSHOPS
I am currently a tutor at Goldsmiths College (0.5) and a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art. I have also lectured and run workshops at Birmingham College of Art and Design and London Metropolitan University.
I have taught on the Design BA at Goldsmiths since 2013, and am currently co-running the second year and mentoring third year students with their year-long final projects. This interdisciplinary course works across traditional design specialisms and encourages students to develop their practice and design thinking within a diverse set of critical and practical ideas. We encourage the students to respond to social and political issues, act through design to effect change and propose new visions of the future.
Since 2014, I have been a visiting tutor on the Jewellery and Metal MA at the RCA, running a core project across two terms. I have organized collaborations between students and institutions including the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Wellcome Collection, and the annual project revolves around the theme of narratives and storytelling through practice. The project for 2016-17 is focused on the act of diary writing as a tool for social critique and commentary, drawing inspiration from writers such as Chris Kraus, Kate Zambreno and Maggie Nelson. It begins by asking the students to make a diary-object every day for a month in response to the social and political climate they find themselves within.
In 2016 I co-ran, with Steven Ounanian, a two-day workshop at Birmingham College of Art called Architectural Determinism. The workshop looked at the systems, structures and politics of the public domain in an attempt to understand the unwritten/unpublished scripts, which define our behaviours. What actions are determined by our architectural surroundings? What social parameters are set by cultural norms?
My pedagogical approach is to encourage the students to continually question what they see around them, and help them find methodologies to physically express and work through that investigation. I am committed to a dialogue that allows for imagining alternatives and action that initiates change through a collaborative approach. I encourage my students to search for ways that this exploration can be disseminated outside the studio and academia as a whole.
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