The Textile Collective is a creatively-led team of four – Alison Harley, Fraser Taylor, Fiona Jardine and Maggie Marr – whose knowledge and expertise has been gained throughout careers in contemporary visual arts and design, specialist education, public engagement, and in business development and project management.
The Textile Collective promotes and develops creative thinking, innovation, experimentation and learning.
Drawing from our extensive networks to work nationally and internationally, we are committed to exploring an expansive vision of textiles, past and present.
We aim to achieve this through practice, research, business development and public interest exhibitions.
Alison Harley has worked in art and design as Head of the School of Design, Glasgow School of Art (2000 - 2005); Dean of the Faculty of Design at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2005 - 2008); Professor and Head of School, Textiles and Design, (2008 - 2013) and Creative Director, Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University (2013 - 2016). Since 2016 she has worked as an independent researcher, curator and writer, developing her particular interest in creative practice and material culture through her international collaborations with designers and artists, for publication and exhibition. Alison studied textile design at Glasgow School of Art and also holds an MLITT in Dress & Textile Histories from the University of Glasgow.
Fraser Taylor co-founded The Cloth, a creative studio focused on contemporary textile design and production. Since 1983 he has developed an interdisciplinary art practice and exhibited internationally. His curatorial projects include innovative collaborations with visual artists, designers, and contemporary dance. As an educator he has lectured at leading fine art and design institutions, and from 2001 until 2017 was a Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship from Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow. Fraser studied textile design at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
Fiona Jardine is an artist, curator and writer whose interests are focused on the narratives of production and promotion in the textile industries. Her textile practice and research in twentieth- century Scottish art, design and culture has informed her artistic and academic career, which has included the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot- Watt University in the Scottish Borders. She is currently a Lecturer in the School of Design at Glasgow School of Art. Fiona graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee), and a Master of Fine Art (Glasgow School of Art) before undertaking PhD research (School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton).
Maggie Marr was Head of Creative Industries at Shetland College (1994– 2008); and Course Leader for Contemporary Textiles, University of the Highlands and Islands (1997– 2008). Throughout her career she has led development projects for Further and Higher Education, which have included work- based training qualifications for the textile, design and craft industries. Maggie has managed European Funding initiatives, such as the Shetland College Textile Facilitation Unit, a commercial resource for small to medium enterprises. Since 2008 Maggie has worked independently in the management of business development for the Scottish and Irish textiles industries. Maggie has a BA (Hons) in Industrial Textile Design from the Scottish College of Textiles.