Rose Sinclair

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Design Education
Department Design
Email r.sinclair (
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7779
Rose Sinclair

My research interests are two fold. The first pathway is based on the use of CAD/CAM as a tool for creative development in the classroom. The focus is very much on the impact of new textiles technology and use of ICT  in the classroom and the strategies employed by both the teacher and the learner, in applying this technology to their work.

My second pathway is evolving from my current Phd research: based on the development of Dorcas Clubs, as used by Caribbean women on arrival in the UK in the 50’s and 60’s. It is based on the notion of female ‘textile’ networks as a catalyst for social, and economic change. Using life and oral stories to tell the untold, the textiles created by these networks embody both material culture and diasporic tales. It is these textiles and the clubs that evolved, that may provide new ways of thinking about ‘networks’ and their place in textile design and innovation.

Current projects and collaborations include:

  • CAD/CAM and ICT in Textiles Technology in the CAD/CAM Initiaitve
  • Developing new approaches to Computerised Embroidery with Brother UK
  • Breaking the Rules- What it means to be Avant garde – Young Researchers Project with The British Library and 1st Year BA Ed Undergraduates
  • Project 1-  Developing virtual tours of objects in the Riblatt Gallery for the visually impaired– a Design Project  with the British Library
  • Smart Textiles – A Interactive DVD in development in conjunction with the Industrial Trust and Pumpkin TV


BA ED Design, PGCE D&T  MA Design Futures, MA Design Education

Publications and research outputs


Sinclair, Rose and Bain, Rowan. 2022. Althea McNish: Colour is Mine (The Whitworth). In: "Althea McNish: Colour is Mine", The Whitworth, Manchester, United Kingdom, 21 October 2022- 23 April 2023.

Sinclair, Rose and Bain, Rowan. 2022. Althea McNish: Colour is Mine. In: "Althea McNish: Colour is Mine", William Morris Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2 April - 11 September 2022.

Sinclair, Rose. 2020. Windrush Arrivals and Settlement Exhibition : Caribbean Front Room, Broadway Theatre. In: "Windrush Arrivals and Settlement Exhibition : Caribbean Front Room, Broadway Theatre", Broadway Theatre, Catford, London, United Kingdom, October - December 2020.

Cenci, Will and Sinclair, Rose. 2019. Windrush: Arrival 1948 at the V&A. In: "Windrush: Arrival 1948 at the V&A", Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, 21 - 22 September 2019.

Sinclair, Rose. 2016. Rose Sinclair Caribbean Front room installation. In: "Caribbean Front Room", Lewisham Shopping Centre, London, United Kingdom, 26 - 29 October 2016.

Exhibition Catalogue

Sinclair, Rose and Bain, Rowan. 2022. Althea McNish: Colour is Mine: Gallery Guide.

Conference or Workshop Item

Sinclair, Rose and Brett, Richard. 2016. 'Materials Alchemy: When disciplines and materials collide: Preparing for merged disciplines in Design and Technology'. In: University of Portsmouth Faculty of Technology Learning and Teaching Day. University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom 23 June 2016.

Sinclair, Rose. 2016. 'Mapping Textiles: Dorcas Stories and Narratives in the Front Room'. In: Mapping Textiles: Dorcas Stories and Narratives in the Front Room. Bruce Castle Museum, London, United Kingdom 24 February 2016.

Sinclair, Rose. 2013. 'A fi poppy show' ( A Caribbean colloquialism for putting on a show or showing off). The exploration of Dorcas club textiles networks in the UK, proffering an alternative textiles history of the Caribbean front room'. In: The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth. V&A Museum, United Kingdom 29-30 November 2013.


Sinclair, Rose. 2015. Dorcas legacies, Dorcas futures: Textile legacies and the formation of identities in ‘habitus’ spaces. Craft Research, 6(2), pp. 209-222. ISSN 2040-4689


Sinclair, Rose. 2013. A Fi Poppy Show - Rose Sinclair.

Book Section

Prajapat, Bhavna; Sinclair, Rose and Hardy, Alison. 2022. How do we do race in design and technology? In: Alison Hardy, ed. Debates in Design and Technology Education (2nd Edition). Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 45-63. ISBN 9780367763732

Sinclair, Rose. 2021. Tracing back to trace forwards: What does it mean/take to be a Black textile designer. In: Elaine Igoe, ed. Textile Design Theory in the Making. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts. ISBN 9781350061569

Edited Book

Sinclair, Rose, ed. 2014. Textiles and Fashion: Materials, Design and Technology. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing. ISBN 9781845699314

Edited Journal

Sinclair, Rose; Boiter, Nancy; Kane, Faith; Britt, Helena and Weiss, Wendy, eds. 2010. Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, . 2051-1787

Professional Activity

Sinclair, Rose. 2021. External Examiner PGCE Design & Technology.

Sinclair, Rose. 2017. External Examiner 2017 Fashion (Subject Expert) PhD.


Sinclair, Rose. 26 - 29 October 2016 Pop-Up: The Caribbean Front Room.


Sinclair, Rose; Edwards-Leis, Christine and Keirl, Steve. 2013. Scholarly Review 5. Other. For The Design and Technology Association, Wellesbourne, London.

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