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International expert to head up Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

Esteemed artist and designer Sharon Ting, whose work has been collected by the V&A, has been appointed as the course leader of our BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course at Farnham. Sharon graduated from UCA in 1990 and is now returning with her expertise as a maker of large scale printed textiles.

After graduating with an MA from the RCA in 1992, Sharon established her own printed textiles studio in Bloomsbury, London. She’s created pieces for a range of high-profile clients including the Royal Caribbean cruise liners, The Royal Horseguards Hotel and stores such as Liberty and Selfridges.

Sharon has an entrepreneurial flair for crafts and a wealth of textile industry contacts all over the world, a number of whom she’s approached to generate new live projects and collaborations for the students at our Farnham campus. These contacts include contemporary art galleries, global textile manufacturers based in the Far East and fashion institutes in Italy. She’s invited a number of her contacts to be visiting lecturers on our BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course. She says she wants to: “inspire an entrepreneurial approach to professional practice and encourage strong collaborations between weave and print with a view to creating multi-sensory and sustainable textiles.”

Sharon is also keen to explore more groundbreaking applications for textile design. She was attracted to the role here at UCA for its strong crafts vision and the longstanding reputation and history of textiles in Farnham, renowned as a craft town: “The course is one of a kind and celebrates all that is rich in textile history, tradition, design and making skills. My vision is to explore new terrain and to stretch our skills and traditions beyond what is known and thought possible. We’re already acclaimed for high-end craftsmanship and now is the time to push boundaries even more to explore new horizons.”