About the Textiles Skills Academy
The Textiles Skills Academy was founded in January 2015 by Dawn Foxall after many conversations with educationalists, D&T teachers and industry leaders who saw the desperate need to support the teaching of textiles in schools. Much as Jamie Oliver and his campaign to raise awareness in Food education, there is very little being done for textiles in education or seriously making the links between the textiles industry and what is being taught in schools. There is growing urgency for skills in all areas of the industry in the UK and no plan to manage this.
The Academy aims to bring together experienced education presenters and industry experts to deliver relevant events, industrial visits, seminars and practical workshops for Art, Textiles and D&T teachers, to aid the delivery of the curriculum and to raise awareness of the recruitment issues of the industry.
Events are delivered by skilled teachers, trainers and industry practitioners to give an opportunity to develop classroom resources, update on the curriculum and industry practices, improve on existing skills, learn new skills and network with fellow teachers.
Dawn has 35 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry as design consultant; presenter and resources developer for Schools for EMTEX; has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; course presenter for The Design and Technology Association, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers.
Dawn is a founder of Foxology.com the online knitwear brand, designing and sourcing sustainable and ethical clothing for men and women. She also continues to work with Fairtrade and organic factories in India and Egypt and British made products for Foxology and other brands.