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Elizabeth Gaston

Senior Teaching Fellow; Examinations Officer; BA Textile Design Programme Leader

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Elizabeth Gaston is a Senior Teaching Fellow specialising in knitted fabric and garment design. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the Structured Textiles pathway within the Textile Design Programme.

Research interests include colour, structure and materials in knitted fabric design and current issues in knitted garment design and technology. Doctoral research investigates the relationship between colour, form and texture and their influence on pattern perception in Fair Isle knitted fabrics.

Biography

1999-present   Senior Teaching Fellow in Knitted Fabric Design, University of Leeds

Design, delivery and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in textile design and theory.

Design and implementation of Structured Textiles Programme and of the Structured Textiles pathway within the Textile Design Programme.

Doctoral research interests include an investigation in to the relationship between colour, form and texture and their influence on pattern perception in Fair Isle knitted fabrics. Recent outcomes of this research include a collaborative performance with The Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Pedagogic research includes project managing The Keynote Project an FDLT3 funded national project on skills development 2003-2005. Co-authoring An Investigation in to Good Practice of Teaching Practical Design Subjects, a TQEF funded project on teaching practical subjects within an academic environment and the JISC funded Re-formative project which analysed the effectiveness of audio-recording weekly formative feedback delivered individual tutorials.

Examinations Officer, School of Design

1996-1999 Freelance knitwear designer     UK 

The design and production of prototype garments for promotional purposes shown at Pitti Filati, Florence and Expofil, Paris. Clients include Burnleys Spinning, Wools of New Zealand, Samuel Lumb Ltd., Kroy, Suzsi Corio studios.

1993-1996 Knitwear Technologist, International Wool Secretariat   UK (Woolmark Company)

Design and production of garments incorporating recent developments in wool technology. Production of technical reports. Presentation of new developments internationally.

1988-1992 Freelance Knitwear Designer   UK and Australia

Design of men’s wear and women’s wear garment ranges and fabric designs for Cuggi (Australia) Pty Ltd., Kingston Nominees Pty Ltd., Lesley Edgar Knitwear, Sovrano Pty Ltd., Saks, Fifth Avenue, Hand knit collection of childrens wear designs

1987-1988 Knitwear Designer, Design Intelligence   UK 

Design and production of fabrics for forecast publication

Additional contracts for Remploy Ltd, Marks and Spencer, Burton Group, Mothercare.

Education

1992-1993 MSc Textile Technology for Designers, University of Huddersfield.

1984-1987 BA (hons) Textiles/Fashion, Middlesex Polytechnic.

1983-1984 Art Foundation Certificate, Harrogate College of Art.  

Research Interests

Elizabeth Gaston’s main research interest is knitted fabric design, including colour, structure and materials; also current issues in knitted garment design and technology. Major research projects for industrial partners include design of knitted air bags for use in ballistics industry. Doctoral research interests include an investigation in to the relationship between colour, form and texture and their influence on pattern perception in Fair Isle knitted fabrics. Recent outcomes of this research include a collaborative performance with The Phoenix Dance Theatre.  She has presented papers at national and international conferences.

Pedagogic research includes project managing The Keynote Project an FDLT3 funded national project on skills development 2003-2005. Co-authoring An Investigation in to Good Practice of Teaching Practical Design Subjects, a TQEF funded project on teaching practical subjects within an academic environment and the JISC funded Re-formative project which analysed the effectiveness of audio-recording weekly formative feedback delivered individual tutorials.

Teaching

Level 1

DESN 1561 Design for Textiles 1 C

Level 2

DESN 2564 Design for Textiles 2 A

DESN 2565 Design for Textiles 2 Specialisms (module manager)

Level 3

DESN 3342 Design for Textiles 3: Visual Research and Analysis

DESN 3566 Design for Textiles 3: Specialisms

DESN 3660 Independent Dissertation

Ad hoc contribution to School-wide undergraduate teaching and to postgraduate teaching.

Responsibilities

Examinations Officer, School of Design, responsible for the policy and procedure of examination within the School of Design.

Member of the PVAC faculty committee on examination good practice.

Member of the School of Design School Taught Student Education Committee (STSEC).

Publications

Journal articles

  • Gaston EA (2013) “Re-Formative; Assessing the value of digitally recording formative feedback”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. 5

Conference papers

  • Gaston EA (2015) Colour Movements/Performance Craft. In The Loop (Accepted)

  • Gaston EA (2013) Performance Craft. Making Futures 2013 (Accepted)

  • Gaston EA (2013) Colour Movements. AIC Colour 2013: Twelfth Congress of the International Colour Association Proceedings: Proceedings of the AIC Colour 2013: Twelfth Congress of the International Colour Association The Colour Group (Great Britain).

  • Gaston EA (2012) Re-Formative; Assessing the Value of Digitally Recording Formative Feedback. 9th Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference Proceedings: The Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education ALDinHE.5

  • Gaston EA (2010) The Influence of Colour on Pattern Perception in Fair Isle Knitted Fabrics. Create Conference Gjovik 2010 Proceedings: Colour Coded UWE.

  • Gaston EA (2009) The Use of Colour to Manipulate Pattern in Knitted Fabric. Futurescan 1: Mapping the Territory Proceedings: Futurescan 1: Mapping the Territory The Association of Degree Courses in Fashion and Textiles.

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC (2009) Ephemeral Knitting. Arts in Society 2009

  • Gaston EA (2008) Developing the Bezold Effect in Knitted Fabrics. In The Loop: Knitting Past, Present and Future

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC (2008) The experiential experiment: Is Design Education sustainable in a changing university environment. Changing The Change

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC (2007) E-Solutions By Design. Proceedings: Flux: Design Education in a Changing World Design Education Forum of Southern Africa.

  • Gaston EA (2007) Colour Effects in Two Colour Stranded Knitting. Ars Textrina Textile Territories: Past Preent and Future

  • Gaston EA (2007) With Current Increased Demands On Staff Time and Institutional Pressures to Reduce Teaching Hours, How Little Teaching is Too Little?. European League of Institutes of the Arts Teachers' Academy Proceedings: Teachers' Academy Papers European League of Institutes of the Arts.

  • Gaston EA (2006) The Louisa Pesel Collection at the University of Leeds International Textile Archive. Ars Textrina International Textiles Conference

Exhibitions

  • Gaston EA Purls by the Sea.

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC Re-Development.

  • Gaston EA Knit Happens.

  • Gaston EA Trash Fashion: Designing out Waste.

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC Ephemeral knitting.

Research Projects & Grants

HEIF/Ignite £2000 (2012), A collaborative project with the Phoenix Dance Theatre to explore the effect of movement and changing lighting conditions on the perception of colour and pattern in knitted textile design.

JISC funded Leeds Building Capacity Project: Student Feedback mini-projects, £3000, (2012), Re-formative – Assessing the effectiveness of re-playing audio formative feedback, analysed the effectiveness of audio-recording weekly formative feedback delivered to Textile Design students during group and individual tutorials.

Pasold Research Fund Grant, £800 (2010). Awarded a grant to fund travel to research colour in historic Fair Isle Garments in national museum collections (London, Edinburgh and Shetland).

Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund £5000 (2005). An Investigation in to Good Practice of Teaching Practical Design Subjects.

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