Frances Stevenson

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Associate Dean for Quality and Academic Standards


As a textile practitioner Frances works within the contemporary craft area and strives to create textile products that demonstrate innovation in their design and excellence in their making. As a Lecturer in Design, she believes making processes that combine innovation and excellence are integral to the students learning, both through the challenges encountered within the physical making process and the revelations that manifest themselves through working or reflecting on the process or the finished object. She is particularly interested in the making process and the importance of maintaining ‘creative buoyancy’ as a designer/maker, ultimately raising questions concerning why making and learning through making still matters from a personal, educational, cultural and economic perspective.

Research Projects

PhD. Thesis completed in 2012 entitled:

Making Changes: Applying heuristics to a practice-led investigation of creative wellbeing within the context of contemporary craft

Book Publications and Book Chapters

Stevenson, F. and Steed, J. (2012) Textile Design, Sourcing Ideas: Researching colour, surface, structure, texture and pattern. London. AVA publishing.

ISBN 978-2-940411-63-4

Stevenson, F., Developing a Participatory Craft Practice Approach (2010) Book chapter in Past, Present and Future Craft Practice. Co-Author(s): Edited by Louise Valentine and Georgina Follett.National Museums of Scotland

ISBN 978-1-905267-50-7

Published Papers

Stevenson, F., A Craft State of Mind  (2014) In Making Futures: Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: New opportunities for social innovation and sustainable practice. Vol 3.

ISSN 2042-1664

Stevenson. F., & Scobie. L., (2007) Natural Forces – Dynamic Ingredients for Creative Practice. In, New Craft Future Voices, International Conference and Exhibition, Dundee, Scotland

ISBN 1 899837 55 8

Stevenson, F., (2007) From the Universal to the Particular – Emotional Responses to Pattern. The 7th Conference of the EAD, Izmir, Turkey


2014 Crysalis: The Revival of Textiles

Venues: Textiel Innovatie Centrum, Ronse, Belgium and Plymouth School of Art

2010 Future Craft Exposition

Venues: Matthew Gallery Dundee Scotland and NSCAD Nova Scotia Canada.

July 2007 New Craft Future Voices Group Exhibition

Venue: Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College Dundee.

Dec 2002 Feast of Colour Group Exhibition

Venue: Crafts Council, V & A Museum, London

August 2001 Natural Symbols Solo Exhibition

Venue: C2+ Contemporary Textiles Gallery, Clerkenwell, London 

Dec 2000 Christmas Capers Group Exhibition

Venue: The Crafts Council, V & A Museum, London

Oct 2000 Material Matters Group Exhibition

Venue: The Hub, Edinburgh

Aug 1999 Handmade at the New York Gift Fair Group Show

Venue: Jacob Javits Centre, New York.

March 1999 Scottish Printed Textiles Group Exhibition

Venue: The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Oct 1998 Printbank Group Show

Venue: Indigo, Parc D’Expositions, Paris

March 1998 Printbank Group Show

Venue: Indigo, Parc D’Expositions, Paris

Feb 1998 Valentines Group Exhibition

Venue: The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh