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MA Textile Design

Course Duration

1 year; full-time
2 years; part-time

Our Postgraduate Centre is home to a cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers, all of whom are seeking a critical space in which to interrogate and push the boundaries of their specialist interests and working practices. Your learning will be supported by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching

C Warren Staff Profile
Charlotte Warren
MA Subject Tutor

Charlotte is an award-winning printed textile designer and artist championing an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to textiles.

She completed her BA (Hons) in Printed Textile Design from the University of Brighton and on completion was awarded a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to further her research at the Royal College of Art.

After completing her MA, Charlotte was selected for TexPrint alongside 24 of the UK’s most promising graduating textile designers to exhibit her work in London and Premiere Vision, Paris. Having created art pieces and textile designs since her undergraduate days, Charlotte took the opportunity to set up a small freelance business, designing prints and products to a wealth of different brands including the National Trust, Alexander McQueen, Ted Baker, Weekday, H&M, Marks and Spencer, Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco. Her rich knowledge of traditional screen printing and dyeing techniques combined with new digital technologies led her to be awarded the digital innovation prize from Miroglio, a prestigious textile mill who she has since worked for.

Charlotte worked for three years as a visiting lecturer on the Textile Innovation course at Loughborough University before relocating to Devon to take up her role at Plymouth College of Art.

Charlotte has always found the balance of teaching and designing a harmonious relationship and enjoys the challenges and breakthrough moments experienced by students.

Vicky Putler
MA Subject Tutor

Vicky has been working within the field of textiles for eight years and in art practice generally for 25 years, since graduating from Goldsmiths College. She has a broad range of art and design interests as well as experience in a range of professional contexts.

In 2010 Vicky founded printed textiles company Thorody with Theo Sykes. They produce hand screen-printed linen for interiors and have exhibited at several key London trade shows including designjunction and Home, and they count major retailers, such as Heals, among their stockists. They also supply fabric and products to high end interior designers/architects, Waldo Works, JR Design, Stuart Barr. Thorody has operated successfully in the design and craft world and Vicky has developed good relationships in various parts of the textile, design, education and business world both here and abroad.

Since 2017 Vicky has been a Short Course and Young Arts Tutor at Plymouth College of Art, and since Jan 2019 she has been a part-time lecturer on our BA (Hons) Textile Practices, BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern & MA Textile Design programmes.

As an artist Vicky has exhibited widely both in the UK and Europe. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2001 and Art Futures in 1999. Vicky holds a 1st class degree in Fine Art & History of Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, an MA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College and a PGCE in Art & Design 14-19, Institute of Education, University of London.

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Dr Natalia Eernstman
MA Subject Tutor

Dr Natalia Eernstman is an artist, educator and researcher, specialising in (community) learning through artful and performative means. She is a senior lecturer on the MA Creative Education: Making Learning and runs (research) projects in the field of creative education, community-engaged art practice, intergenerational learning and environmental art. She works in communities and with universities, often around climate change and bridging (social) science and art.

With over 10 years of experience Natalia is a skilled facilitator and she has run large-scale site-specific art events. She was part of the Education Department at Wageningen University in The Netherlands and holds a PhD from University Arts London / Falmouth University.

Current collaborations are with the University of Gothenburg in a project called ‘Imaginative Disruption’. And she is in the process of setting up a CIC that connects children and their families in creative, collaborative learning to translate debilitating feelings of eco-anxiety in agency. She is also involved in organising the biennial symposium Making Learning at Plymouth College of Art.

Dr Stephen Felmingham
Dr Stephen Felmingham
Academic Dean

Stephen Felmingham is an artist and educator and has lectured extensively in drawing, painting, print and contemporary art practice on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the UK, including Falmouth University, Norwich University of the Arts and Leeds Arts University. He studied at Middlesex University and the University of the Arts London (Wimbledon) where he completed an MA in Drawing in 1999. He gained his doctorate from the University of Leeds in 2014 reading drawing, place and the contemporary sublime.

He was nominated a member of the LAND2 Research Network in 2009, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in the same year and was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize, New York, in 2010. He speaks regularly both on drawing and art and design pedagogy and his work is represented in collections nationally and internationally and he has exhibited widely in the UK and in Europe.

He has an active research interest in creative pedagogies, specifically research-led learning and alternative art school models and he leads on projects that work in and for communities, introducing this into socially-engaged art and education and connecting organisations (artist-led initiatives, community organisations, public and philanthropic funders) who are working with the agency of creativity in the social realm.

His research outputs have developed over the last three years into outward facing social practice projects, including work with refugee communities that cohere with the College’s strategic aims of creative pedagogy and social justice. Much of this work has positive impact in the College community as well as internationally, including co-founding Beyond the Now, a syndicated online platform working in locations across Europe, the MENA region and the Global South to open new creative, cultural and political affinities for a post-pandemic world.