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Mrs Rachel Homewood

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer; Course Leader – BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3823
  • Email: rachel.homewood@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Art and Design
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Biography

I graduated from Liverpool Johns Moores University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion and Textiles. During her studies she won the Royal Society of Arts Student Design Award in 1994, having also been a finalist in 1992.  My winning designs were exhibited at the Design Museum, Butlers Wharf, London, and were part of a national exhibition.  My design career spanned over 13 years, working on a variety of product areas for major high street retailers, covering womens and mens casualwear, formalwear, knitwear and loungewear. Rachel managed a design team for multiple customers, including Marks and Spencer, Bhs, Asda, Tesco, Dunnes and Carrefour Europe.  

In 2006 I started lecturing at Southampton Solent University teaching on a number of their fashion courses, including Fashion Communication, Fashion Design and Fashion Photography. In 2010 I joined the University of Portsmouth, teaching on the BA (Hons) Degree course in Fashion and Textiles.

I am especially interested in the interaction between fashion design and the use of a variety of digital software to enrich the design and development process.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am responsible for the delivery of seminars, lectures, tutorials, and practical workshops on a variety of units, for the BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design course.

I currently coordinate the following units:

  • Digital Design in Fashion and Textiles
  • Live Projects
  • Self-Initiated Design Briefs and Student Competitions
  • Professional Strategies

Other key responsibilities include general administration, planning, organising field trips, pastoral care, and year coordinator for level 5. Organising the graduate show New Designers in London. I am the student placement officer for the fashion and textiles course.  

Research

I am especially interested in the interaction between fashion design and the use of a variety of digital software to enrich the design and development process. I have developed and applied digital projection as part of the curriculum, which has dramatically enhanced the design process for our students and how they are individually responding to this digital application. I intend to research, and eventually integrate in the curriculum, the use of 3D software to challenge and expand the conventional methods of designing fashion, through virtual cloth manipulation using advanced forward thinking technologies. I intend to investigate the production of virtual presentation boards which will enable the viewing of final designs in a three dimensional format.

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