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Dr Sonja Andrew - personal details

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Role: Academic Lecturer in Textiles

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Dr. Sonja Andrew is a Lecturer in Design and Programme Director for the Master of Research in Materials and Surface Design. Crossing the disciplines of design, semiotics and narratology, her main research interests focus on textile semantics and communication, exploring multi-modality through visual and tactile communication on cloth, the textile artefact as a signifying object, and the influence of context on audience perception. She is also involved in the aesthetic interface between textile materials and paper to create new surfaces for design applications. In addition to her work with the university, Sonja undertakes commissioned design work and arts consultancy. In 2004 she secured Arts Council funding to establish and coordinate ‘Textile Forum South West’, a regional networking organisation. She developed three national textile conferences "At The Edge - Extending Textile Boundaries" (March 05), "Colour Story" (March 06), and "Textile Identities" (November 07), in addition to developing CPD workshops, exhibitions and seminars in the southwest region. As a consultant she also worked with UK weavers to secure funding to establish the national organisation ‘The British Tapestry Group’, chairing their inaugural conference 'Tapestry 08'. Sonja exhibits her research nationally and internationally, with work most recently selected for the Scythia 9 International Textile Biennial, Ukraine (2012), the Kaunas International Textile Biennial, Lithuania (2011) and the Busan International Design Festival and Cultural Forum, South Korea (2009). Her commissioned work focuses on printed textiles for public spaces, including pieces for The United Bristol Healthcare Trust and Wells Cathedral. Sonja has a broad range of lecturing experience. In her previous post she was Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for the BA (Hons.) Textile Design programme at UWE Bristol and joint Award Leader for the Fashion/Textile subject area. Her external examining includes the BA (Hons.) Textile Innovation and overseas BA (Hons.) Fashion and Textiles programmes at the University of Central Lancashire, the BA (Hons.) Fine Art for Design programme at Batley School of Art (for the University of Huddersfield) and the BA (Hons.) Printed Textiles and Surface Design programme at Leeds College of Art and Design (for the University of Leeds). Sonja is an associate practitioner of the Higher Education Academy and was appointed as academic subject specialist for undergraduate and masters programme validations and re-validations by UK universities. She has also taught postgraduate students at Central St. Martins, UWE Bristol and the University of Manchester.