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Fiona Raeside

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria School of Design

As Head of Fashion in the School of Design, my role is to provide subject leadership; working with our industry partners and facilitating academic development to promote excellent employability opportunities and provide a rich and successful research-rich learning and teaching environment. We believe that live and collaborative projects and competitions are vital in the facilitation of effective learning for students, giving them an important experience of developing their own ‘handwriting’ whilst answering commercial briefs. We work with Ralph Lauren, Gap, Old Navy, Lacoste, Berghaus, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Trend Bible, Fashion Revolution, Dr. Martens, Hainsworth, Gloverall and many other organisations and brands to offer the students internship and post-graduation career opportunities.

As Head of Fashion, I teach into the BA(Hons) Fashion Design & Marketing programme on subjects including; Fashion Trend Forecasting, Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Contemporary Design Influences and Fashion Marketing. In 2017, I was recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research explores the rich culture of miners’ banners in North-East England; a subject I became interested in following my commission to design the contemporary Saint Cuthbert’s banner which now hangs at the entrance to Saint Cuthbert’s shrine in Durham Cathedral. Although the last colliery closed in 1993, both historic and replica miners’ banners continue to be paraded at the annual Durham Miners’ Gala (DMG), which attracts greater crowds now than when the pits were fully operational in the 1970s. As new and replica banners are being made and taken to the Durham Miners’ Gala, I am now asking the question around the ‘worth’ and ‘value’ of a contemporary banner and whether they can ever hope to possess the ‘aura’ of the original ones - now retired from their working lives. My PhD is entitled Social fabric: A study of community representation through contemporary banner-making in North-East England,and considers contemporary textile banners in terms of artistic expression, post-industrial community representation and conduit for emotional wellbeing.

Fiona Raeside

Qualifications

  • Fashion BA (Hons) September 20 1993
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Contemporary Durham Miners’ Banner: A Unique Expression for Post-Industrial Communities?, Raeside-Elliott, F. 20 Jul 2020, In: Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
  • The Banner as Representation of Identity and Community, Raeside, F. 10 Oct 2016, Futurescan 3, Leicestershire, England, Loughborough University
  • The Contemporary St. Cuthbert’s Banner, Raeside-Elliott, F. May 2014, In: Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
  • The New Saint Cuthbert’s Banner, Raeside-Elliott, F. 2014, Praxis + Poetics - Research Through Design 2013 Conference Proceedings
  • The creation of a contemporary St. Cuthbert's Banner for Durham Cathedral, Raeside-Elliott, F. 20 Mar 2012
  • Towards a collective understanding of Fashion (Design) practice: how the academic community can support practitioner discourse through reflection, Raeside-Elliott, F., Norris-Reeves, S., Hilton, K. Mar 2012, In: Work Based Learning e-Journal International
  • Editorial: Fashion and clothing - are they synonymous?, McKelvey, K., Hunt, J., Raeside-Elliott, F. Nov 1999

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research explores the rich culture of miners’ banners in North-East England; a subject I became interested in following my commission to design the contemporary Saint Cuthbert’s banner which now hangs at the entrance to Saint Cuthbert’s shrine in Durham Cathedral. Although the last colliery closed in 1993, both historic and replica miners’ banners continue to be paraded at the annual Durham Miners’ Gala (DMG), which attracts greater crowds now than when the pits were fully operational in the 1970s. As new and replica banners are being made and taken to the Durham Miners’ Gala, I am now asking the question around the ‘worth’ and ‘value’ of a contemporary banner and whether they can ever hope to possess the ‘aura’ of the original ones - now retired from their working lives. My PhD is entitled Social fabric: A study of community representation through contemporary banner-making in North-East England,and considers contemporary textile banners in terms of artistic expression, post-industrial community representation and conduit for emotional wellbeing.


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