Senior Lecturer Textiles (Print)
Diana Harrison was educated at the University of London, Goldsmiths College followed by MA Textiles Royal College of Art. Her early teaching experience was in foundation Studies at Mid Warwickshire College of Further Education, and as a visiting lecturer to various colleges.
At UCA Diana's teaching posts have mostly been fractional appointments allowing her to spend time undertaking her studio practice in textiles, leading to major exhibitions in the UK and internationally. These have led to invitations to deliver workshops, lectures, curating and as jury member to textile exhibitions both here and abroad.
Diana's most recent exhibition is Diana Harrison: Working in Cloth, Crafts Study Centre Farnham UCA 9 August to 8 October 2016. Catalogue to accompany the exhibition, ISBN 978-0-9570212-7-3 essay by Mary Schoeser.
Diana’s research progresses from a deep interest in textiles, the making and development of ideas, through materials and experience. Prompted by the possibility of exhibiting work or simply trial and error time, balancing time in the studio is valuable personal contemplation and allows a recharge before engaging with student learning.
Diana has explored textiles from embroidery to the practical quilt and now to installation and exhibition of larger textile works, constantly questioning and discovering different aspects of textiles within a distinctive aesthetic. It is through a real understanding of materials and techniques, plus practised skills and respect for craftsmanship that her work has maintained a standard.
Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy
Diana Harrison: Working in Cloth Crafts Study Centre, Farnham UCA August - October 2016.
Catalogue to accompany the exhibition, ISBN 978-0-9570212-7-3 essay by Mary Schoeser. Foreword Lesley Millar.
Cloth and Memory (2): Salts Mill, Saltaire, Yorkshire
Site specific installation, part of an international group textile art exhibition, responding to a disused area of this Heritage Site Mill. Publication, Cloth and Memory (2) Edited by Prof. Lesley Millar ISBN 978-0-9516950-7-4 August 18-November 3 2013.
Transparent Boundaries: January/February 2014 Galleria Thacka, Wroclaw, Poland.
As part of this project working with older people, work exhibited in conjunction with Guilio D’Anna dancer and choreographer. Two day textile workshops delivered in the gallery.
Followed by a solo exhibition at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan Poland, curated by Ewa Poradowska-Werszler in a solo show; Diana Harrison ‘Cloth, Layered, Worn and Wasted’ May 2014.