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Jane McKeating MA

Associate Head, Department of Design

Jane McKeating

A graduate of Goldsmiths College, London with Postgraduate study at MMU, Jane has been making and exhibiting stitched and printed textiles alongside her lecturing post at Manchester School of Art. Jane is a member of the 62 group of Textiles artists. Recent publications include jointly authored books with Alice Kettle, 'Machine Stitch Perspectives' (A and C Black) and Hand Stitch Perspectives (Bloomsbury).

After 13 years as programme Leader of the BA(Hons) Embroidery programme, Jane moved to the role of Principal lecturer for Widening Participation for the Faculty of Art and Design. In 2010 Jane became a Director of Studies in the Department of Design with responsibility for the Creative Practice, 3DD, Textiles in Practice, Fashion and Illustration with Animation undergraduate programmes and the MA Design programmes. In 2014 Jane was appointed as Associate head of the Design Department.


Forward stitch

New publication to be jointly edited with Alice kettle An examination of Stitch as an innovative process utilised within art, design and industry. The book will comprise of a series of thematic chapters, which consider the application of stitch through new technology, experimental design, sound/ light, emotional and personal outcomes and within communities. Details…

Hand stitch Perspectives

A companion volume to 'Machine Stitch Perspectives' published by Bloomsbury in 2012 jointly with Alice kettle. The book features chapters on Hand stitch not just as a craft technique but from different artist, designers, educators and historians perspectives to give a sense of the impact of stitch on a broader cultural practice. Details…

Machine Stitch Perspectives

A key reference on machine embroidery co authored with Alice Kettle. This volume includes contributions form researchers and staff in the Design Department at MMU. Details…

Pairings Project

The Pairings exhibition is part of:www.stroudinternationaltextiles. Details…

Scenes of Change

Assessing the impact of digitial methodologies on the interpretation, expression and production of structural and narrative depictions in contemporary stitch practice L'aguille en Fete 2014 The project aims to evaluate and demonstrate the impact of digital methodologies on contemporary stitch practice (specifically in relationship to figurative narrative content) through the examination of four leading practitioners; Alice Kettle, Jane McKeating, Lesley Mitchison and Nigel Hurlstone. Each have pioneered digital technologies through adapting practices originally grounded in traditional craft production techniques and subsequently developed hybrid methodologies that retain a deep affiliation to the traditions and aesthetics of hand crafted artefacts while utilising and expanding the possibilities for digital production. Details…


Jane McKeating is a member of the Crafts Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.


Mitchison, L., 2014. Aiguille en Fete, Paris February 2014, Aiguille en Fete, Paris February 2014, February 2014.


McKeating, J., 2014. Scenes of Change, L'Aguille en Fete, Paris, February 2014.

McKeating, J., 2013. British Textile Art, Koyo gallery, Showa Womans University, Tokyo, 10th Dec 2013 - 25th jan 2014.

McKeating, J., 2013. Hand stitch Perspectives, L'Aguille en Fete, Paris, 13/02/13 - 17/02/13.

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McKeating, J., 2013. Pairings, Conversations and Collaborations, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 22nd march - 13th April 2013.

McKeating, J., 2013. Rendezvous Goldsmiths, Ruthin craft centre, Sept 2013 -Dec 2013.


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McKeating, J., 2013. Small talk, Constance Howard Centre , Goldsmith College University of London, 4th June - 25th July 2013.

McKeating, J., Morris, J, 2013. Surface disturbances, evidence of biological time. Part 1, The searchers Contemporary gallery, Bristol, 8/11/12 - 5/12/12.

McKeating, J., 2012. 62@50, holden Gallery Manchester Metropolitan University, july 2012.

McKeating, J., 2012. Hand Stich Perspectives, Knitting and stitching show Alexander palace London, Harrogate and Dublin, October -November 2012.

McKeating, J., 2012. Interventions, Platt hall, Manchester City Art Gallery, February to May 2012.

McKeating, J., 2012. Machine stitch Perspectives 2, L'aguille en Fete, Paris, February 2012.

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McKeating, J., 2012. Package Tour, Knitting and Stitching show Alexander palace London, Harrogate and Dublin, October -November 2012.

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McKeating, J., 2012. Pairings II: conversations and collaborations, Stroud International Textiles, Park Gallery, Stroud, April - may 2012.

McKeating, J., 2011. Close at Hand, Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, Canada, April - June 2011.

Webb, J., 2011. Pairings, MMU Special Collections, Otter Gallery Chichester, Fairfield Mill, Cumbria, September 2010 -.

McKeating, J., 2010. Art School, Holden Gallery MMU, Special Collections, MMU, 2009.

McKeating, J., 2010. Machine Stitch Perspectives, Knitting and Stitching show, London, Harrogate and Dublin, Sept 2010 - Nov 2010.

McKeating, J., 2010. Textile Narratives, Drumcroon Arts centre, wigan, April - June 2010.

McKeating, J., 2010. The 13th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland, May - October 2010.

McKeating, J., 2010. The China show, Central Academy of Fine arts, Bejing, 2007.

McKeating, J., 2010. The Dartboard for witches, Aberystwyth Arts centre, Aberystwyth University, July - october 2010.

McKeating, J., 2009. An Embroiderers Eye, Macclesfield Silk Museum, April - July 2009.

Kettle, A., 2008. Art of the Stitch, The Waterhall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,, 15 March to 15 June.

McKeating, J., 2007. Mechanical Drawing - The Schiffli Project, The Holden Gallery MMU, The Hub Sleaford, Fairfield Mill Arts and heritage Centre, Macclefield Silk Museum, 2007/8.

McKeating, J., 2006. Artefact - work in progress, All Saints Foyer, Manchester Metropolitan University, 25th Sept - 6th October 2006.

McKeating, J., 2006. To Boldly Sew: Textiles for the 21st Century, McManus Gallery Dundee, Edinburgh City Art Gallery, 2001.

McKeating, J., 2005. 'Jardins Reduits' 8e Triennale Internationale des mini-textiles, Musee de la tapisserie contemporaine, Angers, France. Musee du textile de Saint Gall, Switzerland, Musee Marsil de Saint Lambert au Quebec, Canada, Musee textile de Wesserling en Alsace, Centre d'art contemporain de San Cugat(Catalogne) Spain, 10th dec 2005 to summer 2007 over 5 venues..

McKeating, J., 2003. Art of the Stitch, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead. The Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands. Hall Place, Bexley, Kent, 30th August 2003- 30th May 2004 over 3 venues.

McKeating, J., 2002. Babylove, Bilston Craft Centre, Wolverhampton, 2002.

McKeating, J., 2001. 6 Textiles, Kunsthogskolen, Bergan, Norway, 2001.

McKeating, J., 2001. A continuing Thread, Leicester City Art gallery, 2001.

Jointly Authored Book

Hand Stitch Perspectives

Kettle, A., 2012. 'Hand Stitch Perspectives', Bloomsbury, London.

Machine Stitch Perspectives

McKeating, J., 2010. 'Machine Stitch perspectives', A and C Black, London.

Kettle, A., 2010. 'Machine Stitch Perspectives', A&C Black, London.

Book Chapters

Miller, M., Hemmings, J., Webb, J., Montague, J., McKeating, J., 2008. 'Alchemy: the making of a Magnum Opus'. In Alice Kettle at the Winchester Discovery Centre, 18-21, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Journal Articles

Blakey, S., 2011. 'A Lull in the Conversation', Ceramic Review, Issue 249, Page 50.

McKeating, J., 2008. 'Manchester, degrees of Change', The World of Embroidery, Sept 2008, 30 - 33.

Other Outputs

McKeating, J., 2013. 'Radical Thread', Work featured and discussed in printed book, publication to mark 50 years of 62 group.

Schoeser, M (Author), 2013. 'Textiles, the Art of Mankind', 3 works illustrated in book.