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Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) since June 2013


October 2013 – present University of Brighton
Principal Lecturer: Fashion Communication

Undertaking research in mixed media Textiles in the School of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, Jules Findley’s practice emerges through looking at bereavement and the emotions that contribute to this life changing event. Studies in bereavement have led to questioning in-depth areas of contemporary funeral rites, as well as sensitively exploring death of a loved one and an understanding of the emotions around grief. Research ideas from the wider context of grief and domesticity are conceptually formed through asking questions and in installations raising public awareness.

Focusing on the memorialisation and grief using material of paper. The studies in bereavement have led to questioning in-depth areas of contemporary funeral rites, as well as sensitively exploring complicated grief and how mothers carry complicated grief of their loved one forward to grief reparation form a feminist perspective. Funereal rites, earth, layers and coverings are a part of this enquiry, looking at preparation for death using bespoke methods in practice and examining memorialisation using materials such as paper, resin, photography and film


2012 – 2018 PhD candidate Royal College of Art (5th year part-time of 6 years)
Supervisors: Dr Claire Pajaczkowska (Leverhulme Research Fellow 2002 – 2004) and Freddie Robins; Reader:
Title: Fragmentation: Materialities in Mourning in Complicated Grief
PhD by Project and will disseminated through installations and exhibition.

2009 – 2011 Open University Units:

Postgraduate Diploma in Managing Performance and Change; Strategy.

2006 – 2008 MA in Learning and Teaching
Assessment in HE, post compulsory, 25,000 word dissertation on ‘Why Art and Design Student Choose Practice based PhD’s, Professional doctorates, and DFA’s’. Other Units: Research Methods in Higher Education; Postgraduate Supervision; Assessment and Change, incorporating different teaching methodologies.


PhD by Design §3 Contribution published September 2016

ISSN: 2349 4678 online and ISSN: 2349 465X print

RCA interdisciplinary competitive biannual exhibition 2015, ‘Why Would I Lie?’
Essay for Book published April 2015 ISBN 978-1-910642-05-4 @lierca

‘PAIN without Boundaries’ published by ISBN 978-1-84888-316-1
Published chapter in book Section 111: Creating from Pain ‘Funeral Rites, Pain and Bereavement: A Study using Textile Art’ January 2015

Conferences Papers Presented:
May 21 – 25 2017 Artist Residence ‘Down the Hole’ invited by Linda Duvall, Sasskatoon, Canada

September 8, 9 2016 ‘Maternal Absorption’ Gender Generation RCA presented paper and had work selected for exhibition by Hermione Watson

July 15 2016 WP Conference Student Experience and WP “Into the Arts” University of Brighton

July 1 Papermaking workshop with DRS
27/28/29/30 June 2016 DRS 2016 Conference University of Brighton
‘PhD by Design’ 27 June Paper Accepted ‘Edge of Grief’

September 3-6 2015
‘Edge of Grief’
Death, Dying and Disposal 12, (DDD12) Romania

June 1-2 2015 ‘Death of a child without a Body’
M’Otherhood Southbank University, London

June 12 – 14, 2014
Fashion in Fiction: Style Stories and Transglobal Narratives: 2014, paper presented ‘Fashion in Death’ City University of Hong Kong

September 13 – 15 2013
“Beauty in Death” paper presented at BEAUTY3, Harris Manchester College, Oxford,

September 5 – 7 2013
“Knitting and Bereavement” paper presented at Death, Dying and Disposal 11, Open University, Milton Keynes,

July 10 2013
“Research, Cognition and Practice” presented paper at Knowledge and Experience conference at Department of Humanities, University of Southampton,

May 9 – 12 2013
“Pain in Bereavement”
 paper presented at PAIN4, Michna Palace, Ujed, Mana Strana, Prague, Czech Republic

Attended Student Experience Conferences UCA 2013, 2012, 2011

September 2017 Chosen for Open Call from Digital Artist Residency at (DAR) invited artist Linda Duvall to join in an Overseas Conversation around maternal loss in the forced Child Migration Programme across the ‘colonies’, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)

May 2017 Invited to join artist Linda Duvall ‘Down a Hole’ two day residence spending six hours each day down a hole with Linda Duvall in Saskatoon, Canada. The response being screened live from ‘PAVED’ Saskatoon

September 2016 Awarded from Lenka Clayton developing an artist based residence on the mother eliminated

May 2017 Invited to join artist Linda Duvall ‘Down a Hole’ a two day residence spending six hours each day down a hole with Linda Duvall in Saskatoon, Canada. The response being screened live from ‘PAVED’ Saskatoon
completed 2 sketchbooks and 11 A1 works on paper

March 2017 Site Fringe 2017 Elephant and Castle
Conference about Transgender Gender and Psychoanalysis
Freud Museum and SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis

January 2017 Work in Progress RCA Kensington Research 5 Floor
‘Ripped apart’ 2017, fragmented portrait on handmade paper

September 2016 RCA Dyson building Gender Generation ..
’Without a body’ 160 paper clay 4” bodies on display

January 2016 Work in Progress RCA Kensington Gulbenkian Gallery
‘Hanging by a Thread’ 2016, fragmented portrait on handmade paper

April 2015 ‘Why would I Lie’ research biennale RCA Battersea, Dyson Building 3no installations made from hand made paper

January 2015 Work in Progress RCA Kensington Gulbenkian Gallery
Discussing death without a body. 77 handmade 4” bodies made from paper clay

January 2014 Work in Progress RCA Kensington Gulbenkian Gallery
Resin made memoria made into new ‘momento mori’

September 2013 – May 2014
LACE1 part of the CRYSALIS Open Call Exhibition, Two large A1 installations at the Lace Museum, Calais, France

June 21 – July 28 2013
Installations in with participating artists, Curious Trail 2013, West Norwood Cemetery, London

January 2013 Work in Progress RCA Kensington Gulbenkian gallery
Poster of haptic image

LOSS exhibition February and March 2012 articulating bereavement with Alice Kettle, Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex

Sponsorship for LOSS from:
Chichester Cathedral and from the Dean and Chapter
Cruse and Winston’s Wish charities;
Tecni-Cable for providing a 14m tensile steel cable and fittings free of charge
Omni colour prints, London
UCA Research funds

Other Exhibitions:
West Dean College, West Sussex (Landscape Concept Designs and Art), May 1995
Tate Gallery, Liverpool (Knit and ceramic sculpture) 1989
Design Council Young Innovators Exhibition London, and on tour, 1988 (Knitted Sculpture)

February 2012 ‘LOSS’ published catalogue with Alice Kettle ISBN 978 -1-905476-671
March 2012 ‘LOSS’ postgraduate seminar with UCA & RCA ISBN 978-0-9570797-2-4

September 2006 NETWORKS Conference, Cambridge – ISSN 1743-9787
‘The analysis of Pedagogy in Delivering High-End Software Programmes to Art and Design Students’ Flexible, e-learning

RAINBOW GROUP research Cambridge University
February 2006, invited to talk about lip synch and muscle movement in digital animation as follow up from Siggraph conference 2005

Key Note Speaker
HEFCE Centre Point 10th May 2011
Centre Point, London WC1A 1DD
‘PowerPoint is Dead’
invited by Marie-Therese Gramstadt UCA Farnham

Awarded internally from University of Brighton for Travel 2017 to Artist Residence Canada
Awarded internally from UCA funding in 2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11 for own research £8,000
Awarded from UCA Learning and Teaching funds 2010 to £5,000 in one year for research into Student Experience.

Awarded Internal Fellowship by UCLT (University Centre for Learning and Teaching) Anglia Ruskin University February 2006.

Paper delivered at Learning and Teaching conference Chelmsford September 2006 on ‘The Analysis of Pedagogy in Delivering High End Software to Art and Design Students’.

Film and Television Broadcast

1999 ‘The Planets’ directed by David McNab, executive producer John Lynch (TV Mini-Series documentary) (visual effects designer) Worked on all six epis
– Different Worlds producer David McNab
– Terra Firma – producer James Younger
– Giants – Voyager 1 & Voyager 2 producer Gina Kocjancic
– Moon – producer Jacqueline Smith
– Star – producer Becky Jones
– Life – producer James Younger
– Destiny – producer David McNab

Shots were re-cut into the following TV programmes:
How the Universe Works
The Blue Planet
Wonders of the Solar System
How the Earth was Made
Wonders of the Universe

Films worked on:
1999 Sleepy Hollow 3D tracking of Johnny Depp on his horse
1998 Lost in Space (animator: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, “Blawp” animation unit)
1999 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (special effects compositor)
1997 Preaching to the Perverted (special effects coordinator)
1997 Preaching to the Perverted (digital compositor) / (main title sequence designer)
1996 Space Jam (compositor)
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio (special effects compositor)
1996 Mission: Impossible (special effects compositor)
1996 Muppet Treasure Island (special effects compositor)
1995 Leaving Las Vegas (special effects compositor)