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Ms Emma Jane Goldsmith

Senior Lecturer, Fashion

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Emma lectures in fashion research, collection concept and design development through to final garment realisation & manufacture. Emma specialises in creative pattern cutting and surface embellishment. Her research areas focus on the preservation and reinvigoration of traditional, artisan craftsmanship in Fashion and the design impact that Northumbria fashion alumni have in the fashion industry.

Over five years ago I joined the university as Senior lecturer in Fashion and over the last two years I have been appointed Programme Leader Fashion which looks after the running and progressing of the Fashion programme. My teaching expertise includes specialist skills in womenswear , pattern cutting and surface embellishment working with level 5 & 6 students on design led projects, garment realisation and surface textiles.

I have fourteen years experience working for luxury international design companies in New York and Paris in design, production, manufacture and PR as well as own accessories business. I have also worked as a freelance consultant to new brands and concepts. My areas of experience and expertise include: design concept, fabric and colour palettes, and design development, two-dimensional cutting, modelling on the stand through to pattern, garment fit and construction. Surface textiles and techniques, fabric embellishment, leatherwork, textile placement and manufacture.

Talking Point

How to raise the importance of learning and developing Artisan skill and Craftsmanship in the Fashion Industry.

We recently asked these questions to our Students in a live project with River Island and Dunhill:
- What is craftsmanship and what does it mean to you?
- What is craftsmanship in a fashion context?
- How is craftsmanship evidenced in construction techniques?
- How is craftsmanship evidenced in materials or surface finishes and texture?

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I am interested in pattern cutting, drape, and surface embellishment. I enjoy rejuvenating artisan crafts and techniques. Raising the awareness of the importance of practicing, progressing and developing specialist craftsmanship and artisan skill.

Recent Research:

Graduate fashion Week – Northumbria Show
Baltic Newcastle Northumbria Show

Sponsors and Collaborators

Working with River Island,  Dunhill, Topshop, Barbour, Nike, Dorothy Perkins, British Fashion Council Graduate Fashion Week, Traidcraft.


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