Dr Kerri Akiwowo in conversation with Daniel Heath (textiles designer)

Leonard Dixon Studio, Martin Hall Building

Daniel Heath is an alumni of the School of the Arts at Loughborough and he will talk about his successful design practice and how this has developed since leaving Loughborough.

Daniel is a British award winning independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer renowned for his illustrative and engaging designs. Based in the heart of East London, the designer-maker has long upheld principles of craftsmanship and sustainable design through up-cycling and re-appropriation of authentic heritage materials. Trained in the traditional process of silk-screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his studio in 2007 to make bespoke, hand printed wallpapers and crafted interior surfaces exclusively made to order. Drawing has always underpinned his surface pattern designs, and many have references to a time or a place to form playful narratives. Daniel utilises technologies, such as laser engraving, to create many of his unique designs. The outcomes cross the boundaries between technology and craft to create modern design pieces that embody traditional values yet contemporary aesthetics.

Daniel is an experienced academic and has lectured Textiles at a range of universities, including Loughborough, Manchester, Bournemouth, Staffordshire, Bucks New University and Central St Martins and also provides mentoring for young designers through the Crafts Council Hot House scheme. Clients include Swoon Editions, Panasonic Europe, Farrow & Ball, Heal’s and Anthropologie (US), among others, as well as numerous private clients. Daniel exhibits and sells his work internationally including Europe and the US. Daniel is also a proud brother of the Artworkers’ Guild, London.

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Dr Kerri Akiwowo is a Textile Practitioner-Researcher and Lecturer in Textiles at the School of the Arts, English and Drama. Her PhD is in Digital laser -dyeing: coloration and patterning techniques for polyester textiles, attained at Loughborough University in 2015. More broadly, her creative practice, research and pedagogical approach encompasses: Textile Design, Textile Patterning and Coloration Processes, Textiles for Apparel, Dress History, Digital Design Technologies and Research Informed Teaching within Design Education. Kerri is a member of the Textile Design Research Group at Loughborough University.

As a practitioner, Kerri has worked as a freelance and studio textile designer, specialising in screen and digitally printed textiles, hand painted textiles, novel surface techniques and textile finishes for denim and engineered placement design for lace and embroidered fashion.

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Professor Michael Wilson in conversation with Kieran Knowles (Event Cancelled)

Leonard Dixon Studio, Martin Hall Building


Acclaimed writer and actor Kieran Knowles, and graduate of Loughborough, will talk about his career trajectory since leaving Loughborough.

Kieran trained at Loughborough University and LAMDA and completed the Royal Court Young Writers Programme in 2008. He is a co-artistic director of From Ground Up Theatre Company and has recently started a project for unrepresented actors called (RE)PRESENTED. His debut play Operation Crucible was first performed at Finborough Theatre before transferring to the Sheffield Crucible and touring with House. His play 31 Hours will be performed at The Bunker in October 2017. He is currently adapting Operation Crucible for BBC Radio Four and is under commission from Sheffield Crucible.

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Professor Michael Wilson joined Loughborough in 2014 as Professor of Drama, having previously been Dean of Research and the Graduate School and Professor of Drama at Falmouth University. Prior to that he was Head of Research at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan where he also ran two research centres. Michael gained his PhD from the University of Exeter in 1997 for a study of the performance of oral narrative traditions amongst teenagers in Britain and Ireland.

Michael is a member of the Programme Advisory Boards for the RCUK’s programme on the Digital Economy (led by the EPSRC) and the AHRC’s programmes on Digital Transformations and Connected Communities. He is also a member of the AHRC Strategic Reviewers Group and Chair of the British Council’s Arts and Humanities Panel for the Researcher Links and Institutional Links Programme (Newton Fund).

Free refreshments will be available before this event.

Andy Selby in conversation with Katy Halford

MHL1.17a/b, Martin Hall Building

Andy Selby, Senior Lecturer in Illustration and Animation in conversation with Loughborough graduate Katy Halford.

Katy Halford is now a freelance illustrator after graduating from an Illustration degee at Loughborough. Her portfolio includes a variety of illustrated characters, imaginary worlds and licensing designs from the gift market to home decor. A noteable design of 2017 being ‘Moz the Moster’ from the John Lewis Christmas Advert, for which she illustrated the accompanying book.

Katy has also worked with clients such as Nosy Crow, Barrington Stoke, Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury, Twinlakes Theme Park, Feel Unique, Caffe Nero, Heart Link Children’s Charity, Paula Magazine in Chile.

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Andy Selby is also an internationally recognised illustrator, whose work has appeared in newspapers, on billboards and on the covers of major corporate reports for nearly two decades, including campaigns for Nike, Accenture, British Gas and Eurostar. His iconic and thought-provoking illustrations have consistently been selected by 3×3: The Journal of Contemporary Illustration, Society of Illustrators’ of New York, Society of Illustrators’ of Los Angeles, American Illustration and the Association of Illustrators’ Images juried exhibitions and annuals. His work is held in public and private collections in the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.

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Poetry writing workshop with Shruti Chauhan

Stanley Evernden Studio, Martin Hall Building

Poetry writing workshop with Loughborough University Creative Writing Alumni Shruti Chauhan.

Shruti Chauhan is a poet and performer based in Leicester. She has won slams internationally in Chicago and Mumbai, and has performed at Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Rich Mix, the US Embassy’s American Centre in New Delhi, the Green Mill in Chicago, and at poetry festivals and events across the UK. In 2015 she toured Three the Hard Way – Part 2 nationally with Jean Binta Breeze MBE and Lydia Towsey.

Shruti sits on the Board of Writing East Midlands, the region’s writer development agency, is an MGCfutures bursary recipient, a participant on Curve Theatre’s BAME Cultural Leadership programme and one of 200 British BAME writers featured in Speaking Volumes’ Breaking Grounds publication. Shruti recently won the National Poetry Library’s Instapoetry competition and her winning entry is presently exhibited at Southbank. Shruti is currently developing her debut solo show, The Sky Diaries, at Curve, and writing for a BBC documentary about Leicester and the Ugandan Asian expulsion. She has a pamphlet forthcoming with Burning Eye Books in 2018.

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Life After Loughborough – Journeys in Creative Writing

MHL1.17a/b, Martin Hall

Creative writing lecturer Dr Kerry Featherstone presents three graduates from the English Department at Loughborough University – Natalie Moores, Lottie Huckle and Colette Stirling.

After completing both an undergraduate degree and MA in Creative Writing from Loughborough University, Natalie Moores spent the next five years building a successful marketing career in London, setting up marketing consultancy Mac&Moore with business partner Jess MacIntyre two years ago.

Natalie regularly writes for The Huffington Post and her poetry has been published both in print and online in the UK and North America. She can usually be found trawling various London open mic nights performing spoken word on the subjects of modern day dating, the thigh gap, boshing the patriarchy and having Northern parents. Other interests include yoga and Sauvignon Blanc in equal measure.

After graduating from Loughborough, Lottie Huckle started working for Penguin Random House as a Creative Content Producer for PRH’s consumer cookery brand, The Happy Foodie. Now Lottie works as a Marketing Manager for Ebury, part of PRH and publishers of Yotam Ottolenghi, Rick Stein, Caitlin Moran, Sheryl Sandberg, Chris Packham and more. She has also launched a pop-up bakery and kitchen, H&H, which specialises in artisanal baked goods and bespoke event catering. Lottie continues to perform spoken word poetry, writes fiction and writes editorial non-fiction for a range of publications and on her website www.lottiehuckle.co.uk

Colette Stirling graduated from Loughborough in 2011 achieving an MA in Newspaper Journalism. She began working as a freelance journalist and secured a position as a News Editor on My Nintendo News in 2013. Since then, Colette has written more than 75 reviews across Nintendo’s platforms – Wii U, 3DS and Switch.

Colette is also Marketing Officer/Copywriter for the UK’s largest reseller-only Cloud Services Distributor, Giacom. Since 2016, she has marketed the launch of a range of innovative products from vendors across the globe alongside tech giants such as Microsoft, Acronis, Symantec, Exclaimer and Bitdefender.

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Michael Landy in conversation with Professor Craig Richardson

Cope Auditorium, Edward Barnsley Building

Michael Landy RA (born 1963) is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs). He is best known for the performance piece installation Break Down (2001), in which he destroyed all his possessions, and for the Art Bin project (2010) at the South London Gallery.

Landy graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Textiles and this will be the first time he has returned to the town since the 1980’s. He will be in conversation with Craig Richardson, Professor of Fine Art at the University discussing the ideas behind his work, with maybe the odd reflection on his time at Loughborough.

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