I started my career graduating with a degree in fine art painting and later developed an interest in felt and stitch. My practice currently combines my research interests with drawing and fine art textiles. I have over 20 years of experience as a creative practitioner and educationalist in the Secondary, FE and HE sectors. I joined the University Centre in 2010 to develop the pathways for the FdA and BA (Hons) Textiles, Fashion and Interior Design pathways. I enjoy teaching across several creative degree programmes as well as delivering modules for the BA (Hons) Education studies programme.
After completing an MA in Online and Distance Education I developed an interest in how technology can support and enhance creative and reflective processes, particularly through social media and internal dialogue. I am completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow, which intersects my interest in digital auto-ethnographic research into my own creative practice, and how students can use this as a methodology to develop their own practices. I am engaged in research into technology supported and enhanced reflective processes and want to contribute to defining methodologies that work for interdisciplinary research practice and arts education.
Experiences and half recalled memories often inspire my responses to objects and imagery where narratives are constructed from a combination of real and fictitious elements. My process often starts with drawing and/or photographs and the work is often about the process of making or thinking about making. Drawing, drawing with stitch (machine and hand), printed stitch drawing, constructed 3D textiles, sound and film have become frequent elements in my work. I often repeat the making of a drawn image and with each re-iteration something similar but subtly different is created each time. Reflective dialogue (with the self) becomes represented as a visual and physical dialogue.
- Contact Details
University Centre Blackburn College
Digital CV: uk.linkedin.com/pub/joanna-neil/24/b18/33a
Research Blog: https://feltlikeit.wordpress.com/
- PhD: Interdisciplinary Learning, Education, Technology & Society: University of Glasgow (Ongoing)
- MA Education (Distance and Online) : Open University
- Certificate in Clothing Pattern Cutting
- Postgraduate Certificate in Humanities (Art History): Open University
- PGCE Secondary Art and Design: University of Cambridge
- BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art Painting (First Class): Wimbledon School of Art, London
- Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
- Hunterian Associate The Hunterian museum, University of Glasgow
- Recent Research Projects
- 2015-16: Seeing Practice. A research project with creative arts undergraduate students which includes a resource and research blog for PhD research: https://seeingpracticeblog.wordpress.com/
- 2014 Residency as Hunterian Associate at The Hunterian Museum University of Glasgow. ‘Drawn Together: A conversation with the collection’. A digital auto-ethnographic research project documenting the creative process from drawing to final textile pieces: https://drawnconversation.wordpress.com/
- 2014-15 Heritage Lottery Fund (Awarded £10,000): WW1 Narratives of Transformation: Collaboration with Blackburn Museum. An interdisciplinary project between Art, Fashion, Textiles, Interiors, Photography and English Literature/Language students and staff
- 2014 Funding from University of Glasgow, School of Social Sciences Researcher Development Programme to design and deliver a series of workshops to other research students. The workshops introduced and provided support in the use of technology tools and social media tools as effective platforms for reflective practice.
- Funding received for research proposal ‘Creating a Virtual and Personalised Learning Environment to support annual programme report’ from Changing the Learning Landscape JISC Initiative
- 2010 Research visit to Centre Sectoriel de Formation en Habillement Manouba, Tunisia with regard to a collaborative project in Support of the British Council ‘Skills for Employability Project’
- Public Engagement
2014 Residency as Hunterian Associate at The Hunterian Museum University of Glasgow. ‘Drawn Together: A conversation with the collection’. A digital auto-ethnographic research project documenting the creative process from drawing to final textile pieces:https://drawnconversation.wordpress.com/
The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow: Explorathon 2015 European Researchers Night
2014-15 Heritage Lottery Fund (Awarded £10,000): WW1 Narratives of Transformation: Collaboration with Blackburn Museum. An interdisciplinary project between Art, Fashion, Textiles, Interiors, Photography and English Literature/Language students and staff.
- Teaching and Professional Activities
I currently teach on the following areas:
- Reflective practice in for creative practitioners
- Arts based research methods and methodology
- Research Projects
- Textiles (embellishment and construction)
- Contextual/Critical Studies seminars
- Dissertation supervision
- Future of Education (Education Studies)
- 21st Century Identities (Education Studies)
Curriculum development: FdA & BA (Hons) Textiles, Fashion and Interiors, BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Design Pathways, FdA & BA (Hons) Photographic Media.
HE staff representative for Academic Board
- Recent Publications & Other Research Outputs
- 2015: Drawing Conversations: Digital resource for Drawing Conversations symposium at Coventry University: Drawing Conversations: reflecting upon collective and collaborative drawing experiences. https://vimeo.com/155703847
- 2015: Verbal Drawing: Exploring experiences of looking, seeing and describing: How can we use words to create and help us understand, think about and prepare for drawing? Thinking Through Drawing 2015 Conference proceedings E-Book (details to follow)
- 2015: Seeing Practice. A resource and research blog for PhD research with undergraduate students: https://seeingpracticeblog.wordpress.com/
- 2015: Drawn Together: A Conversation with the Collection. A digital auto-ethnographic study into the creative making process: Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities post conference journal (details to follow)
- 2015: Heritage Lottery Funding WW1 Project: https://narrativesoftransformation.wordpress.com/
- 2014: Residency blog: https://drawnconversation.wordpress.com/
- Neil, J (2014) Making the Invisible Visible. Conference proceedings: OER14: building Communities of Open Practice The Centre for Life, Newcastle https://oer14.oerconf.org/archive/14/oer14/63/view/index.html
- Research blog: www.feltlikeit.wordpress.com
- 'Exploring creative applications of the laser cutting equipment for textiles' Feltmatters International Feltmakers Association 2011
- 'Exploring creative applications of the laser cutting equipment for textiles' UCBC Research Papers 2011
Conference presentations 2013-16:
- 2016 Nordic Summer University Conference (winter session), Riga Latvia: Practicing Communities: Transformative societal strategies of artistic research How does artistic research transform society?
- Drawing Conversations symposium at Coventry University: Drawing Conversations: reflecting upon collective and collaborative drawing experiences
- Glasgow School of Art: Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses (FTC) and Fashion Research Network. Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities Accepted full paper for presentation and publication post conference
- ‘Verbal Drawing’ Workshop: We All Draw: International Interdisciplinary Symposium 2015 South Bank, London.
- 2015 Nordic Summer University Conference, Druskininkai Lithuania ‘Crossing Contexts: interventions through artistic research’
- Chelsea Jam CCW Digital MakerSpace day: Digital MakerSpace network & community at University Arts London
- University of Glasgow: Hunterian Associate Showcase event: Drawn Together: A conversation with the collection
- University Centre Blackburn College Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: ‘'The rhizomatic studio space'
- Scrutinising approaches to interdisciplinary collaborative practice in undergraduate digital, creative and performing arts HEA event Huddersfield University
- OER14: building Communities of Open Practice. ‘Making the Invisible Visible’ The Centre for Life, Newcastle
- GLAD Group for Learning in Art and Design, University of Sheffield. The Studio: Where Do We Learn? Where Do We Teach?
- Conference Presentation ‘Teaching by example and creating cultures of learning: digital tools and system for reflection and personal planning in teaching & learning’. How to Avoid Digital Dead Ends – UCBC Teaching & Learning Conference
- Conference presentation ‘Forms of feedback: Formative feedback through the social media and blogs’ SOLSTICE Conference Edge Hill University
- Conference presentation ‘Forms of feedback: Formative feedback through the social media and blogs’ Liverpool Community College Teaching & Learning Research
- Conference presentation 'sharing and engaging others in good practice to enhance learning, teaching and assessment' Technology and community enhanced practice: Creative approaches to engaging in and sharing research. Learning and Teaching Conference University Centre Blackburn College
- Conference presentation JISC RSC Northwest’s flagship Annual Event – All the Fun of the (technology) Fair ‘Using Social Networking: more than engagement, a valuable research tool that fosters enquiry, collaboration and analytical thinking’
- Conference presentation JISC Advance 'Want your learners to be more independent? To think more critically?', Showcase for JISC NW of how various learning providers have used curation tools to help inspire others.
- Conference presentation ‘Using OERs in HE in FE: degrees of edupunk?’, UCBC Research Symposium
- Presentation ‘Collaborative research - benefits, methods and tools. Cloudworks to Voicethread’ and ‘Tweet pin Scoop - Curation tools for research’ UCBC.
- Industry Experience
- Performance and soundscape created for 2016 Nordic Summer University Conference (winter session), Riga Latvia: Practicing Communities: Transformative societal strategies of artistic research How does artistic research transform society?
- The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow: Explorathon 2015 European Researchers Night
- University Centre Exhibition, Blackburn ‘Hunterian Residency: Drawn Together A Conversation with the Collection’
- Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, ‘Their Story, Our Story: Responses to Blackburn and Darwen in the Great War’
- Vibe Gallery, London - Endorsed by Women's Art Library- Goldsmiths University of London
- Ribble Valley Open Exhibition 2011 ‘Inspired’ - Steward's Gallery, Clitheroe Castle Museum, Lancashire
- Falkirk Gallery, Winter Warmth, Falkirk, Scotland
- Platform Gallery, Lancashire and Yorkshire Textiles Open, Lancashire
- Wrest Park Craft Show, Silsoe, Bedfordshire
- Bromham Mill, Bedfordshire
- Bedford School, Bedfordshire
- Birmingham Embroidery and Stitch Show
- Nuneaton Museum and Gallery and supermarket chain J Sainsbury PLC (Installation/Intervention)
- Teaching Programmes
BA (Hons) Top Up pathways in Contemporary Textiles, Fashion and Interior Design
FdA pathways in Contemporary Textiles, Fashion and Interior Design
BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Education Studies