Pathway Leader MA/MFA Fashion and Textile Routes
Rachel Kelly is a Senior Lecturer who from September 2018 will be the MA Pathway Leader for Fashion and Textile Postgraduate Programmes at Manchester School of Art. Rachel is a research active designer with a specialist interest in site specific maker practice, sustainable learning and collaborative interdisciplinary pedagogy.
Rachel has worked at Manchester School of Art for 7 years formally teaching on the BA (Hons) Textile in Practice Programme. Rachel studied for her undergraduate degree in Printed Textile and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds and gained an MA in Design for Textile Futures from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London in 2001. Rachel has undertaken further postgraduate study and is awaiting confirmation of her a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018. Rachel has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and was awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016. Rachel is currently an External Examiner at Central St Martins, University of The Arts London on the BA Textiles programme.
Rachel has a background of experience as a Printed Textile Designer Maker where she has run her own design practice since 2003. Rachel's most noted work has been the development of Interactive Wallpaper as a design practice specialising in the design and consultancy of innovative textiles for surface applications. Rachel’s professional experience has led her to practice internationally and participate within ground breaking design exhibitions such as Nobel Textiles The I.C.A London in 2009; Design for The Elastic Mind at MOMA New York in 2010; Embracing Technology at The National Craft Galleries Ireland in 2010; Somewhere Totally Else at The Design Museum in 2003; and Pattern Crazy at The Craft Council in 2002. Public commission clients have included The BBC, Habitat, Arts Council, Ruthin Craft Centre, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre and NHS Trusts. Rachel’s work is held in the collections of the V&A, London and The Whitworth, Manchester.
Rachel undertook a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning from 2016-17 the result of which was the development of learning models for interdisciplinary collaborative pedagogy. The outcomes of this research have been published within The Design Journal and at international conferences including The European Design Academy Conference in Rome 2017 and at The Canadian Craft Biennale 2017.
Since 2017 Rachel has been part of the Tai Lue Crafting Futures Research Project led within MMU by Principle Investigator Steve Dixon and working with Alison Welsh, Head of Research at The Manchester Fashion Institute and Jasper Chadprajong, Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Fashion Institute. Crafting Futures is a long-term British Council Project which aims at revitalising identities and Textiles of the Tai Lue community in Pua District, Nan Province in the North of Thailand. Rachel is working specifically on research which is investigating: The extent to which design thinking can support the maintenance of cultural identity through the development of sustainable learning models within community-based craft practice.
A wordpress blog has been devised to document Rachel's Pedagogic Development Practice and Academic development and study undertaken. Rachel is currently studying for an MA in Higher Education, the progress of which is also documented on this blog. Details…
Rachel Kelly was commissioned by the Armitt Museum, Ambleside with support from the Museums Consortium, to design a site specific surface installation to create and define a Family Learning Area within the Museum. Created using transparent vinyl's the installation responds to the scientific and botanical library collection in particular the notebooks of students at Charlotte Mason College at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Details…
Rachel Kelly was invited to undertake a 4 day residency at Ruthin Craft Centre. the main aim was to enable Rachel to explore new ideas for wall coverings and to enable the participants to take part in the process of creating a site specific feature wall. Details…
In 2013 Rachel was invited to become a creative practitioner at the Lakeland Arts Trust, one of the leading independent museum and gallery trusts in the UK. Working between The Abbot Hall Gallery and Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House Rachel has devised creative workshops and participatory works to develop engagement and learning within these contexts. Details…
Nobel Textiles was exhibited at MOMA New York within The Design for the Elastic Mind Exhibition. https://www. Details…
Florence Mine, Egremont. West Cumbria. Details…
A Rachel Kelly design commission to add a surface decoration scheme to new barn conversion, featuring bespoke wall sticker installation, internal and external glass sticker design and a handprinted wallpaper. http://www. Details…
‘Fabrics of Life’ is all about the interface between the science of design and the designs of science. The first project in the series, Nobel textiles, a journey into scientific discovery through future textiles, celebrates 90 years of MRC research institutes in 2007 Rachel Kelly was one of the commissioned designers and celebrated the work of Nobel Prize winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt; The project supported by The Medical Research Council and University of the Arts, London The Fabrics of Life project outcome, exhibition and conference, was held at the I. Details…
Janet Haigh and Rachel Kelly are both textile practitioners who have been invited by Stroud International Textiles to take part in Pairings II Conversations and Collaborations. Pairings – conversations & collaborations is a Stroud International Textiles major exhibition with linked sympsoium supported by Arts Council England, Stroud District Council. Details…
A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2016-2017 was awarded by MMU Centre of Teaching and Learning Excellence Project Title: Ikebana: A Collaborative Pedagogy Project Outputs: Conference Presentation and Papers, Academic Workshops and Learning Tool Publication.. Details…
Significance is a project co-ordinated by Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating and brought to fruition by staff and students from Manchester School of Art to celebrate the significance of the Gawthorpe Textile Collection. In selecting a textile from the Gawthorpe collection, I was drawn to an unfinished embroidery sample. Details…
Project: Sustainable Silk Screen Image Making for Studio Based Printed Textile Design. This project aims to evaluate the use of sustainable silk screen image making for studio based printed textile design through the practical testing of sustainable silk screen making products as opposed to traditional photostencil processes. Details…
The film captures what the project was about. We had a range of participants from art/design/science faculties and took them to the wilderness to learn. Details…
Rachel Kelly is a member of the Crafts Research Group.
A selection of recent research outputs.
Kelly, RMC., 2017. Ikebana - Collaborative Practice Models, Loughborough University in London, 13/9/2017.
Kelly, R., 2016. Significance, Knit and Stitch Shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate, Oct-Nov 2016.
Kelly, R., 2015. W is for Wallpaper, Ruthin Craft Centre, 23 Sept - 22 November 2015.
Kelly, RMC., 2015. W is for Wallpaper, Ruthin Craft Centre: The Centre for Applied Arts, 26/9/2015 - 22/11/2015.
Kelly, R., 2013. Junkshop Revolution, Bluecoat Display Centre, 2010 - Present.
Kelly, R. and Haigh, J., 2012. PAIRINGS II – conversations & collaborations, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park Stroud GL5 4AF, April 28th – May 27th 2012.
McKeating, J., 2012. Pairings II: conversations and collaborations, Stroud International Textiles, Park Gallery, Stroud, April - may 2012.
Kelly, R., 2011. Liverpool Design Show, St Georges Hall, Liverpool, 6-9 October 2011.
Kelly, R., 2010. Embracing Technology, Craft Council of Ireland Galleries, Kilkenny, Ireland., 6 August- 20 October 2010.
Kelly, R., 2008. Fabrics of Life, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, September 2008.
Kelly, R., 2016. 'Birds and Berries Motif', Commissioned motif by Rachel Kelly for The Lakeland Arts Trust to celebrate Baillie Scott Centenary, Blackwell Arts and Cratfs House, Windemere, England, June 2015.
Kelly, RMC., 2015. 'Mica and Gold Leaf Glass Decal', Manchester School of Art.
Lloyd-Jones, T., 2015. 'W is for Wallpaper', Ruthin Craft Centre.
Carpenter, A., Illingworth, S., Lloyd, T., Hall, A., Kelly, R., 2017. 'Testing The Field Film 2017'.
Kelly, R. & Haigh, J., 2012. 'Haigh and Kelly Pairings 2012', Haigh and Kelly Pairings 2012, http://haighandkellypairings2012.wordpress.com/.
Kelly, RMC., Carpenter, A., Illingworth, S., Hall, A., 2018. 'Testing The Field: Transdisciplinary Learning in an Unfamiliar Environment', HEA STEM Conference 2018: Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 31/1/2018 - 1/2/2018.
Kelly, RMC., 2017. 'Ikebana: a collaborative design pedagogy', Design for Next, 12th EAD Conference, Rome, 12/4/2017 - 14/4/2017, in The Design Journal, 20 (sup1), pp. S1093-S1105.
Kelly, RMC., 2017. 'Ikebana: A creative model for interdisciplinary pedagogy', Canadian Craft Biennial Conference Can Craft? Craft Can!, Burlington, Canada, 15/9/2017 - 16/9/2017.
Kelly, RMC., 2017. 'Ikebana: A Tool for Collaborative Art and Design Pedagogy', 20th GLAD Conference, Manchester School of Art, 6/4/2017 - 6/4/2017.
Kelly, RMC., 2017. 'Visualisation Models to Support Learning within Collaborative Textile Projects in Higher Education.', Textile Society's biennial research symposium: New Research Strategies IV, Wellcome Trust, London, 27/5/2017 - 27/5/2017.
Nerantzi, C., Baylis-Green, C., Thomas, R., 2016. 'Playing with the everyday', Manchester Metropolitan University.
Kelly, R., 2015. 'Keynote Lecture at North West 'Making It' Conference 2015', Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Kelly, R., 2013. 'Crafts Council Hothouse New Makers Keynote Presentation', Crafts Council Hothouse, St Johns Conference, Preston, 28 April 2013.
Kelly, R., 2010. 'Artists Talk at Embracing Technology Exhibition, National Craft Galleries, Ireland.', Crafts Council of Ireland Galleries, Kilkenny, Ireland..
Kelly, RMC., 2016. 'Ikebana: A cross-disciplinary workshop exploring collaborative projects within Manchester School of Art', CELT Festival of Teaching and Learning, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Kelly, R., 2015. 'Artists Residency at Ruthin Craft Centre: Centre for the Applied Arts.', Rachel Kelly was invited to undetrtake a residency to develop new work at Ruthin Crafts Centre in 2015.
Kelly, R., 2012. 'Artists Residency Commission at Florence Mine Arts Centre, Egremont Cumbria 2011-12', A printed textile commission which aims to provide effective and stimulating community engagement both within workshops at the Florence Mine, Egremont and ongoing within the Centre community..