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Kayla Owen

Kayla Owen

Telephone: 0151 904 1124

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Biography

Kayla Owen is an Academic, Fashion Designer and PhD researcher who has worked in the fashion industry and academia for almost twenty years, both in the UK and abroad. Currently working as Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University leading the MA Fashion Innovation & Realisation programme and teaching on the undergraduate BA (Hons) Fashion degree.

Kayla is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association and Fashion Research Network and is a Fellow of the HEA. She has designed and manufactured fashion collections, shown on catwalks and exhibited 2D and 3D work locally and nationally. Most recently presenting a paper on sustainability entitled, Disruptors of the Fashion World, at the Manchester School of Art & The Whitworth, Textiles & Place Conference.

As a PhD candidate and practice-based researcher. Cross discipline aspects of materials, techniques and processes have been central to Kayla's work. She is currently working predominantly with leather and non-leather. Exploring the notion of ‘Second Skin: Deconstructing the Fashion Leather Aesthetic’. Investigating the interface between new advancements in leather production, developments in manufacture processes and the possible impact of these on the fashion leather aesthetic we see today.

Kayla has established a firm collaborative relationship with the international ethical textiles company Plexus Ltd. as well as playing a key role in building links with International partnership institutions, visiting and working with the Chang-Shu Institute of Technology and Shanghai University of Engineering & Science as part of the LJMU China Summer School programme.

As a member of the LJMU Contemporary Art and Design Lab Kayla’s research and collaborations also extend to exploring the notion of fashion archives, tangibly and digitally, physically and visually.

Languages

English

Degrees

2009, Birmingham City University, U.K., MA Fashion
1997, Salford University, United Kingdom, BA Hons, Design Practice - Fashion
Liverpool John Moores University, U.K., PhD

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer Fashion, Fashion, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
BA Fashion & Textiles Course Leader, Fashion & Textiles, University of Wolverhampton, 2009 - 2013
BA Fashion Course Leader, Fashion, Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (Associate College of DMU), 2005 - 2009
Course Leader ND Fashion, Fashion, Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (Associate College of DMU),, 2002 - 2006
Lecturer, Art & Design, Fashion, Solihull College, 2001 - 2002

Postgraduate training

PhD Fashion, U.K., Liverpool John Moores, 2016 - present
MA, United Kingdom, Birmingham City University, 2007 - 2009
PGCE, United Kingdom, University of Wolverhampton, 2001 - 2002

Publications

Journal article

Owen K. 2019. Architectonic: A Hybrid Experiment Journal of Textile Science & Fashion Technology, 1 :1-9 >DOI >Link >Public Url

Conference publication

Owen KJ, Owen P. 2018. Disruptors of the Fashion World. Textile and Place Conference >Link

Performance

Owen K. Flip Festival - Gif the City

Exhibition

Owen KJ. Architectonic - Fashion Collection

Owen KJ. hex–a–pod–a - A Womenswear Fashion Collection

Owen KJ. The Northern Eye International Photography Festival. Title: When Material and Mountains Meet. >Public Url

Owen K. Materials Hard + Soft

Owen K, Owen P. Ice Cream for Crow Exhibition >Link >Public Url

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Owen, K. and ONeill, E. (2015). ‘Me, My Selfie and I… The application of participatory research methods to student learning’. Learning and Teaching conference, 17 – 18 June, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. (Local conference), Learning and Teaching Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 17/06/2015

Owen, K. and ONeill, E. (2015). ‘Me, My Selfie and I… The application of participatory research methods to student learning’. Learning and Teaching conference, 17 – 18 June, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. (Local conference), Learning and Teaching Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 17/06/2015

Owen, K. and ONeill, E. (2015). ‘Me, My Selfie and I… The application of participatory research methods to student learning’. Learning and Teaching conference, 17 – 18 June, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. (Local conference), Learning and Teaching Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 17/06/2015

Owen, K. and ONeill, E. (2015). ‘Me, My Selfie and I… The application of participatory research methods to student learning’. Learning and Teaching conference, 17 – 18 June, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. (Local conference), Learning and Teaching Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 17/06/2015

Fellowships:

FHEA, Liverpool John Moores University

FHEA, Liverpool John Moores University

FHEA, Liverpool John Moores University

FHEA, Liverpool John Moores University

Industrial connections:

Plexus Cotton Ltd., Creating garments for catwalk presentation.

Diamond Awl, Leather Hand Craft Workshop

Plexus Cotton Ltd., Creating garments for catwalk presentation.

Diamond Awl, Leather Hand Craft Workshop

Plexus Cotton Ltd., Creating garments for catwalk presentation.

Diamond Awl, Leather Hand Craft Workshop

Plexus Cotton Ltd., Creating garments for catwalk presentation.

Diamond Awl, Leather Hand Craft Workshop

Membership of professional bodies:

ITAA, ITAA

Fashion Research Network, Fashion Research Network

ITAA, ITAA

Fashion Research Network, Fashion Research Network

ITAA, ITAA

Fashion Research Network, Fashion Research Network

ITAA, ITAA

Fashion Research Network, Fashion Research Network

Other invited event:

Grand Exposition Exhibition, Talbot Mill, Manchester, Art & Science Exhibition

Fashion Research Network event, Coventry University, London, Space for Fashion Thinking and Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise - An Interdisciplinary Symposium & Exhibition.

Fashion Research Network event, RCA, London, The Space Between: psyche, body, skin, environment

Conversation With... Richard Bruce, Liverpool John Moores University, Careers Talk from Richard Bruce: Creative Director at Dior, Moschino, M&S

Conversation With ... Brigitte Stepputtis, Liverpool John Moores University, Masters Lecture Series - Retrospective of Brigitte Stepputtis; Creative Assistant for Vivienne Westwood.

Fashion Research Network Event, London, Mode in Flux curators tour with White Lines Project

HEA Conference, London, Student Transition.

Grand Exposition Exhibition, Talbot Mill, Manchester, Art & Science Exhibition

Fashion Research Network event, Coventry University, London, Space for Fashion Thinking and Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise - An Interdisciplinary Symposium & Exhibition.

Fashion Research Network event, RCA, London, The Space Between: psyche, body, skin, environment

Conversation With... Richard Bruce, Liverpool John Moores University, Careers Talk from Richard Bruce: Creative Director at Dior, Moschino, M&S

Conversation With ... Brigitte Stepputtis, Liverpool John Moores University, Masters Lecture Series - Retrospective of Brigitte Stepputtis; Creative Assistant for Vivienne Westwood.

Fashion Research Network Event, London, Mode in Flux curators tour with White Lines Project

HEA Conference, London, Student Transition.

Grand Exposition Exhibition, Talbot Mill, Manchester, Art & Science Exhibition

Fashion Research Network event, Coventry University, London, Space for Fashion Thinking and Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise - An Interdisciplinary Symposium & Exhibition.

Fashion Research Network event, RCA, London, The Space Between: psyche, body, skin, environment

Conversation With... Richard Bruce, Liverpool John Moores University, Careers Talk from Richard Bruce: Creative Director at Dior, Moschino, M&S

Conversation With ... Brigitte Stepputtis, Liverpool John Moores University, Masters Lecture Series - Retrospective of Brigitte Stepputtis; Creative Assistant for Vivienne Westwood.

Fashion Research Network Event, London, Mode in Flux curators tour with White Lines Project

HEA Conference, London, Student Transition.

Grand Exposition Exhibition, Talbot Mill, Manchester, Art & Science Exhibition

Fashion Research Network event, Coventry University, London, Space for Fashion Thinking and Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise - An Interdisciplinary Symposium & Exhibition.

Fashion Research Network event, RCA, London, The Space Between: psyche, body, skin, environment

Conversation With... Richard Bruce, Liverpool John Moores University, Careers Talk from Richard Bruce: Creative Director at Dior, Moschino, M&S

Conversation With ... Brigitte Stepputtis, Liverpool John Moores University, Masters Lecture Series - Retrospective of Brigitte Stepputtis; Creative Assistant for Vivienne Westwood.

Fashion Research Network Event, London, Mode in Flux curators tour with White Lines Project

HEA Conference, London, Student Transition.

Other Professional Activity:

Link Tutor for City of Liverpool College FdA Fashion Technology course

BME Project working with local school pupils to encourage minority groups to consider applying for HE, in particular within Art & Design, Fashion.

Diamond Awl Leather Training Workshop - One day Leather Carving course. 19th Oct 2017

Diamond Awl Leather Workshops - Two day Bag Making course. 16th-17th Aug 2017

Burberry Factory Visit - Tracing the production of the iconic Mac.

Patternity Block Print Workshop, Ace Hotel, London. July 2016.

The Creative Pattern Cutting Symposium. University of Huddersfield. Feb 2013

U.K. Fashion Industry Symposium. Evaluating the Challenges, Opportunities & Policy Options within the Fashion Industr. London. Nov 2012.

Lectra Workshop. Design - Kaledo Print & Style; Wolverhampton University. June 2012.

Lectra Conference. New 3D software. Ravensbourne University, London. Nov 2011.

Subtraction Cutting Masterclass with Julian Roberts. LJMU. Sept 2013.

Link Tutor for City of Liverpool College FdA Fashion Technology course

BME Project working with local school pupils to encourage minority groups to consider applying for HE, in particular within Art & Design, Fashion.

Diamond Awl Leather Training Workshop - One day Leather Carving course. 19th Oct 2017

Diamond Awl Leather Workshops - Two day Bag Making course. 16th-17th Aug 2017

Burberry Factory Visit - Tracing the production of the iconic Mac.

Patternity Block Print Workshop, Ace Hotel, London. July 2016.

The Creative Pattern Cutting Symposium. University of Huddersfield. Feb 2013

U.K. Fashion Industry Symposium. Evaluating the Challenges, Opportunities & Policy Options within the Fashion Industr. London. Nov 2012.

Lectra Workshop. Design - Kaledo Print & Style; Wolverhampton University. June 2012.

Lectra Conference. New 3D software. Ravensbourne University, London. Nov 2011.

Subtraction Cutting Masterclass with Julian Roberts. LJMU. Sept 2013.

Link Tutor for City of Liverpool College FdA Fashion Technology course

BME Project working with local school pupils to encourage minority groups to consider applying for HE, in particular within Art & Design, Fashion.

Diamond Awl Leather Training Workshop - One day Leather Carving course. 19th Oct 2017

Diamond Awl Leather Workshops - Two day Bag Making course. 16th-17th Aug 2017

Burberry Factory Visit - Tracing the production of the iconic Mac.

Patternity Block Print Workshop, Ace Hotel, London. July 2016.

The Creative Pattern Cutting Symposium. University of Huddersfield. Feb 2013

U.K. Fashion Industry Symposium. Evaluating the Challenges, Opportunities & Policy Options within the Fashion Industr. London. Nov 2012.

Lectra Workshop. Design - Kaledo Print & Style; Wolverhampton University. June 2012.

Lectra Conference. New 3D software. Ravensbourne University, London. Nov 2011.

Subtraction Cutting Masterclass with Julian Roberts. LJMU. Sept 2013.

Link Tutor for City of Liverpool College FdA Fashion Technology course

BME Project working with local school pupils to encourage minority groups to consider applying for HE, in particular within Art & Design, Fashion.

Diamond Awl Leather Training Workshop - One day Leather Carving course. 19th Oct 2017

Diamond Awl Leather Workshops - Two day Bag Making course. 16th-17th Aug 2017

Burberry Factory Visit - Tracing the production of the iconic Mac.

Patternity Block Print Workshop, Ace Hotel, London. July 2016.

The Creative Pattern Cutting Symposium. University of Huddersfield. Feb 2013

U.K. Fashion Industry Symposium. Evaluating the Challenges, Opportunities & Policy Options within the Fashion Industr. London. Nov 2012.

Lectra Workshop. Design - Kaledo Print & Style; Wolverhampton University. June 2012.

Lectra Conference. New 3D software. Ravensbourne University, London. Nov 2011.

Subtraction Cutting Masterclass with Julian Roberts. LJMU. Sept 2013.

Teaching qualification:

PGCE Further and Higher Education

PGCE Further and Higher Education

PGCE Further and Higher Education

PGCE Further and Higher Education