Author, Textile Artist & Teacher
Born in Chennai (Madras) India and is a Professor of Textiles and former Head of Embroidery at the Manchester Metropolitan University. In addition to her research interests in historic and ethnic textiles, particularly of the Indian sub-continent, she has taught for more than thirty years and has published extensively in the field of embroidery. Her own embroidery work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries and in touring shows on four continents.
1956-1961—N.D.D. Bradford Regional College of Art/University of London, Goldsmiths’ College.
1961—A.T.C. University of London, Goldsmiths’ College.
1961-65—Part-time teaching at various Art Colleges, Goldsmiths’ College and Secondary Schools in London.
1965-68—Full-time lecturer: Goldsmiths’ College.
1968-92—Full-time lecturer/senior lecturer/principal lecturer: The Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Polytechnic).
1985-92—Course leader, BA(Hons) Textiles/Fashion.
1994 to date—Freelance lecturer, author and embroiderer. Consultant at the Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad, India.