Rose Sinclair

Rose Sinclair is a Design Lecturer (Textiles) Design Education, at Goldsmiths, University of London. Here her work looks at how technologies play a part in the aesthetics of the practice of crafting and making.

Her PhD doctoral research focusses on Black British women and their crafting design practices, exploring textiles networks such as Dorcas Clubs and Dorcas Societies, and forms of participatory craft.

Rose has been recognized for her achievements in public engagement with Wardens award in social and public engagement. 

Rose’s textiles practice through participatory immersive workshops has appeared in localized pop-up shops, installations and presentations in for example the V&A London, The Bruce Castle Museum, House for an Art Lover in Glasgow, The Broadway Theatre, Catford, Timespan in Helmsdale, Scotland. Her research work on Dorcas Clubs was featured in the  TV Programme ‘Craftivism: Making a Difference’ BBC4 Feb 2021

She is currently co-curator of the first retrospective of the work the first textile designer of Caribbean heritage to achieve international recognition, Althea McNish; showcased from 2nd April 2022-11th Sept 2022 at the William Morris Gallery in 'Althea McNish: Colour is Mine'. This exhibition is part of a three-year research, project titled “Althea McNish: Beyond Golden Harvest”, supported by the Society of Antiquaries through its Janet Arnold Textile Award. The exhibition is now touring at The Whitworth in Manchester 21st Oct 2022-23rd April 2023.

Rose has authored several textile books, her most recent works being ‘Tracing back to trace forwards, What it means/takes to be a Black Designer' in (2021), in Igoe (Ed) Textile Design Theory in the Making, and forthcoming does Design do Race (Dec 2022)  in Hardy (Ed) Debates in Design & Technology Education' and Textiles and Fashion, Materials, Design and Technology' (2015). She is a member of the International Advisory board for Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Textile Research and Practice and is a member of the AHRC Stitching Together Network. Rose is the current Chair of the Global Majority Action Group (GMAG) at the Crafts Council, and A Heritage Crafts Ambassador for Heritage Crafts UK.


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