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Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion
Heather is a practising designer, creative entrepreneur and an educator who disrupts the conventions of design to shift beyond the boundaries of fashion, art, craft, business and design activism.
Critical making, propositional thinking and a constant questioning of the framework all propel the work that Heather undertakes in the studio, in business and in the classroom.
Heather relocated to the UK from the west coast of Canada to begin postgraduate study with the Glasgow School of Art where she recently completed a Masters of Research in Design Innovation.
In Canada she worked under her own conceptually driven internationally recognised fashion label MONO and comes from a background in education, leading fashion and product design courses at both Emily Carr University and Vancouver Community College.
UN-MAKE & RE-CLOTHE is a new practice-based research project for Heather’s design firm MONO. It pilots investigations using the constraints of circular economy design ideologies, to generate insight into how design can innovate future capabilities and systems within fashion design.
Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art have collectively commissioned components of the UN-MAKE & RE-CLOTHE work as part of a larger collaborative research venture into manufacturing for the circular economy.
Dedicated to teaching both theory and practice since 1999, Mel began teaching at Arts University Plymouth in 2004. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, AUP Teaching Fellow and RSA Fellow.
Mel’s skills and experience are consolidated in her role as Assistant Dean and Principal Lecturer, having long since decided that working alongside the next generation of designers and creatives was exactly where she wanted to be. Previously course leader for BA (Hons) Illustration, Mel built a team of dedicated staff to help shape the identity and curriculum of the course, and the Illustration provision at Arts University Plymouth grew from strength to strength
Current pedagogic research is focused on play and the role of curiosity in creative learning. Mel has presented papers at conferences across the UK and Europe: Illustr4tio International Conference (‘Illustration as Reparation’ 2019), GLAD Conference (‘Trading Places: Developing a Model for Interdisciplinary Practice’ 2017), HEA Annual Arts and Humanities Conference (‘The Great Editorial Race: the serious business of play’ 2016), ELIA Teachers Conference (‘The Serious Business of Play’ 2015). She is co-author of journal paper ‘Drawing Thinking: Illustration as Pedagogy' with AUP Senior lecturer Jason Hirons.
With a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and MA in Visual Culture from Bath Spa University, in her own practice Mel is obsessed with discarded books and abandoned photographs and seemingly random pieces of ephemera. Through drawing and collage Mel plays with juxtaposition to transform the use, meaning and interpretation of the images she finds and a recurring theme is the plight of lost, broken and damaged things.
Tim is a video artist based in Plymouth, and one-half of the audio/ visual/performative duo ‘Got any rice’. His audio/visual and performative works have been exhibited at Plymouth Arts Centre, University of Plymouth, The Gallery (Plymouth), ‘PL:ay’ festival (Plymouth), Permanent Gallery (Brighton).
He is a committed and passionate arts educator who is always experimenting and testing accepted educational practice to ensure his course is as transparent and innovative as it can be. Tim has led university-wide innovations in relation to the use of online and social networking platforms within his course delivery and lead the charge away from formal sketchbooks to a much more fluid and dynamic blog approach.
The success of his students is testament to the skill Tim holds as an educator.
‘The Wire’ Research project promoting ‘Cafe Concrete’ collective in ‘The Wire’ magazine. Full page inside cover promotion and CD issued to 9000 subscribers. Project completed with publication in March 2010 (issue 313), and review of DVD in May 2010 (issue 315).Testing Grounds Research project, audio visual and performative work as part of ‘Got any rice’. Testing Grounds (funded by Arts Council, South East) 30th January 2010, Permanent Gallery, Brighton.VoxBox, Crossing Point, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, 19-21 May 2009.CCPCP55 (Cafe Concrete Plymouth City Project 55) Plymouth Art Centre, December 2008.
Jason is an artist, writer and educator with a particular interest in the detritus, flotsam and jetsam of the everyday. Other areas of interest include landscape, walking, critical writing, comics, Actor Network Theory, poetry and performative practices. Since 2001 he has been walking, collecting and archiving the city of Plymouth; this work has been realised in a number of ways, including published texts, performances (locally, nationally and internationally), installations, and public talks.
Having studied Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts followed by a Masters by Research in Landscape from Plymouth University, Jason is a key member of the BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Costume programmes at Arts University Plymouth, fully committed to his role teaching contextual theory and practice across the two programmes.
As one-half of Driftingspace – his collaborative research practice with the artist Sally Hall – Jason explores possibilities and concepts around space and place in urban contexts. Driftingspace attempts to read the city through ideas of architecture and the built environment, displacement, entropy and the ephemera of the landscape. The experience of walking and driving through the city, its transitional spaces, and its undefined places are all elements within their ongoing inquiry.
Amy Pike is a multidisciplinary designer, researcher and educator. Specialising in play, design-thinking and wellness for adults. Amy’s research passion is all about play. After graduating from Arts University Plymouth in MA Visual Communication with a Distinction and BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography from Plymouth University, Amy is now an active researcher as she studies for her PhD with the University of Nottingham. Amy’s current research consists of challenging the misconceptions of play, with a focus on how play can be implemented within the healthcare system to support adult wellbeing. At present Amy is focusing on the links between play and renal dialysis patience in and around the UK.
In 2019 Amy secured the role of working as the first full-time and only in-house Graphic Designer at the Exeter Chiefs. It was during this time she created the branding for the 2019/20 season and rebranded parts of Sandy Park stadium. Her work for the Exeter Chiefs has been seen by over 250,000 people with regular features on BT Sport and more. Amy has since worked for various creative agencies in and around the UK working with clients including Dermatonics, ToolBank, Zehnder, Dales, Exeter City Council and more.
With growing interest, Amy is regularly participating in conferences and events as she shared her knowledge and passion for play and working methodologies. Working as a Lecturer on the BA Graphic Communication course. Amy teaches both on our BA Graphic Communication course and on the AUP Distance Learning programme. Amy is currently working on research which is expected to be published in 2023/25.