Amy Tidmarsh | The Open College of the Arts
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Amy Tidmarsh

I am a designer and maker driven by the interaction of colour and pattern. Combining an intuitive yet analytical approach to textile design, I play with fabric to explore a balance of material experimentation and technical skill. My background in embroidery and textile design is central to the work I make and the methods I use. I want to draw attention to forgotten or sidelined craft techniques, rekindling a relationship with handcrafted skills, fabric, and our relationship to them.

I graduated with a BA honours degree in Embroidery from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). I have since completed a PGDipE at University of Huddersfield, specialising in Further Education, initiating my own pedagogical research and debate. I have a range of professional experience centred around commission-based illustration for branding and bespoke textile pieces and am currently undertaking an MA in Textile Design: Mixed Media at the Royal College of Art.

My teaching experience began following my graduation, where I became a lecturer at Leeds Arts University (LAU) formally Leeds College of Art, on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. This is a position I held for 3 years before becoming Pathway Leader for the Textiles, Fashion and Costume strand where I have been in position since. During this time, I also taught on the Printed Textile and Surface Pattern BA course, working within the first year team, alongside running specialist fashion workshops for the Access to HE course. For the past year, I have split my time across both the LAU and the MMU Foundation courses whilst focusing on my own practice.

My enthusiasm for art and design education is what has brought me to the OCA. I am keen for education to be a challenging and exciting process, one that pushes students understanding and forces them to think about materials, processes and concepts in a diverse and innovative way. I want to engage with different learners with enthusiasm and inspiration, and am motivated to ensure that art and design education is accessible to all learners, regardless of background or circumstance.

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