The Textiles Skills Centre has a team of volunteers known as Associate members, who manage everything from the Textile Skills Centre Facebook groups and website, and also offers support, mentorship and advice to textile teachers and trainees. We run free networking events each month and are always on hand to help, encourage and assist when needed.
Meet the team:
Dawn Foxall (Founder & Chair: Textiles Skills Centre CIC)
BA(Hons) Knitwear Design; MA(Distinction) Music Performance
Nicky Simpson (Senior Associate Member & Secretary: Textiles Skills Centre CIC)
BA(Hons) Textiles Design: Specialising in Print.
Julia K Burrows (Course Leader & Treasurer: Textiles Skills Centre CIC)
BA Fashion Design; L3 Award in Education & Training(RQF)
Julia studied fashion design and garment construction at the Faculty of Clothing Design, in Durban, South Africa. She started her career as designer and pattern cutter for men’s and ladies’ leisurewear, then moved on to become Senior Designer, which involved running several sample and pattern cutting rooms. She designed men’s and ladies surf and swimwear ranges, a menswear brand range “Rifle”, and set up her own ladies’ wear shop and production unit, before moving to the UK.
In the UK, Julia worked for a Marks & Spencer supplier, as Senior Designer of woman’s lingerie and nightwear, and also oversaw a children’s nightwear range. She later moved to London to become Head Designer for a men’s, ladies’ and children’s leisurewear range. More recently Julia has become a freelancer, working with small start-ups advising on the industry, specialist finance management, design feasibility, fabric and pattern cutting. In 2016 she moved into teaching post 16 adult education, at the Fashion Technology Academy in North London. As senior tutor there, she developed training programmes and taught Pattern Cutting and Design.
Rachel Addy (Media & Marketing: Textiles Skills Centre)
BSC(Hons) Textiles Design for Fashion & Interiors: Specialising in knit.
RACHEL has been the Events Planner & a host for the Textile Skills Centre events since April 2021. She also works as a Design & Technology Teacher as well as taking part in multiple events globally expanding her network of Textile Professionals. Rachel’s initial career was in the fashion industry working for 9 years around the world as a Product Developer.
She worked for an American based company called GIII based in Hangzhou China and has spent several years travelling the globe working with various textile manufacturers. Rachel has worked with customers from around the world including the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to Moss Bros.
Rachel’s has since moved into teaching as Design and Technology Teacher. She has taught Graphics, Textiles, Fashion Textiles & Product Design. Rachel has spent several years working for not-for-profit Networking events to support locals in making connections that will encourage skill sharing & develop professional relationships that may one day open the door to other opportunities.
Nicola Perren (Course Developer & Trainer)
BA(Hons) Textile Design, MA in Contemporary Fine Art
Nicola Perren is a textiles designer, practitioner and teacher. She was a Senior Lecturer of Textiles for over 25 years at Huddersfield University, primarily teaching woven textiles, drawing, craft and design. Nicola spent a significant time working with students preparing to go to university, whilst also running courses for teachers to help ‘recharge creativity’, as she is keen to break down the barriers to textile learning.
Recently taking the leap into a freelance design and teaching direction, she uses her drawing skills to develop textile collections, while continuing a making practice that has developed from her PhD research into quilting [amongst other things]. Quilts hold a particular fascination for Nicola, specifically Whole Cloth quilts which can be found around the world, and she is interested in quilts that are both functional and not.
As well as developing and delivering courses with Textiles Skills Centre, she continues to work with local communities as an artist, notably with WOVEN, Made in Kirklees.