Fiona Hackney

Fiona Hackney

Professor Fashion Textiles Theories

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 2656
  • Location George Wallis Building, MK704
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts
  • Areas of expertise Fashion, Dress, Textiles, Crafts, Design Histories and Cultures, Community Engagement, Gender and Print Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage

I joined the staff at Wolverhampton University in 2015. My research interests focus on fashion, textiles and dress, social design, gender and design, crafting, amateur and participatory practice, popular magazines and print culture, community heritage, creativity, health and wellbeing, and I co-convene the Material Theories and Practices research group in the Faculty of Arts at the University. I am currently working on a monograph, Women's Magazines and the Feminine Imagination: Opening Up a New World for Women in Interwar Britain (Forthcoming 2017, IB Tauris) and an edited collection on interwar women’s magazines for Edinburgh University Press (2017), as well as a number of research articles and chapters in scholarly publications. I have acted as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for a number of externally funded research projects under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities scheme, including:;;;;

Professor Hackney has research interests in the fields of fashion studies, dress, textiles, design cultures and the history of design, social design, community engagement and participatory practice, visual and material culture, crafts, gender and print culture, heritage, creativity health and wellbeing, co-production (co-creation, co-design).

  • Material Theroeis and Practices (MTP), CADRE

Research Grants and Awards Include:

2016: Alternative Futures/Spoilt Futures: 50K work package for £1.5 million project headed up by Exeter & Bristol Universities about disability and alienation. Disability, creative making and performance. April 2016 for 4 years

2016: AHRC Connected Communities Festival 2016: Community Futures and Utopias. Making-Centric: Community Co-speculation, Prototyping Future Thinking as Living Heritage

Augmented Award £15,000 plus supplementary award £5000. D. Fig, Craftspace: PI, Dr Hackney Co-I

2016: Social Design for Sustainable Clothing Choices: Dr Hackney Co-I with Exeter University leading. £350,000 project. Tbs July 2015. Project start 2017 to run for 30 months. In process

2015: Protopolitics (£15,000) competitive funding from AHRC-funded Protopublics Social Design Sprint Workshop to develop prototype methodology connecting older people and policy makers through design fictions. Dr Hackney Co-I, with partners at Lancaster, Cardiff and Brighton Universities, and partners: Age UK, and the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG) (June-September 2015). The pilot leads to an opportunity to bid for a larger funded project

2015: Future Thinking for Social Living (£9,200) R&I funding Falmouth University Pilot Project with Coastline Housing & Arts for Health Cornwall (March – June)

2015: Making Soundwaves: Community Voices as Heritage Activism, AHRC Connected Communities Festival (£9,000 +) engagement project with Tate St Ives (March-September)

2014-15: Dr Hackney P.I. (£10,000) #wellMAKING: Craftivist Garden: July 2013 – January 2014: working with Arts for Health Cornwall, Voluntary Arts England and Craftivist Collective, this AHR-funded activist project raises consciousness about craft and wellbeing and was developed from the Beyond the Tookit Symposium (below). It is nationwide and will conclude with an event in London

2014: July 1-2: Connected Communities Festival, Cardiff. Dr Hackney P.I. project researchers and community partners received funding (£44,323.00) to run a series of events and breakout workshops including: Crafts Bazaar installation; two breakout workshops; films; posters and graphics; ‘Killing Time’ performance (music and knitters) and Craftivist Garden #wellmaking launch (see above):

2014: Beyond the Toolkit: Understanding & Evaluating Crafts Praxis for Health and Wellbeing, 19-20 February, Falmouth University: AHRC-funded Supplementary Knowledge Exchange/Dissemination Event (£10,000);a collaboration between Arts for Health, Cornwall and Falmouth University to explore the benefits of craft and creative making for health and well-being. The Symposium included national and international speakers, workshops led by creative practitioners and an exhibition of work by community groups in a range of arts for health settings

2013: Dr Fiona Hackney and colleagues received funding (£12,025.50) to run a workshop, create a film and exhibition materials as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Showcase events in London: ‘Crafting Communities: The Politics of Making, Craft, Participatory Engagement, Health and Wellbeing’ at AHRC Connected Communities Showcase Event, London 12-13 March: and Edinburgh: Co-producing CARE: Community asset-based research & enterprise: Dr Fiona Hackney, Deidre Figereido Craftspace, Hannah Maughan, Bryony Stokes.

2013-2014: Co-producing CARE: Community Asset-based Research & Enterprise, AHRC standard application (£125,000). Dr. Hackney P.I. Bid in collaboration with Northumbria University and Craftspace, Birmingham, follows Connected Communities Summit. (Feb 2013 – June 2014

2012: Research Studentship: AHRC: Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) ‘Use Your Hands for Happiness’: Crafts practice as a means of building community assets, health and well-being’ in partnership with Arts for Health Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (AFHC). Dr Hackney P.I., Co- I.s, Dr Nicola Thomas & AFHC Director Jayne Howard. (£54,000)

2012: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Grant (£100,000) ‘Community-Appropriated Research Model’ (CARM). P.I., Dr. Anne Light, Co-I., Dr. Hackney

2011: AHRC Network Grant (£34,000) for ‘Connecting Craft and Communities’. P.I., Dr. Nicola Thomas, Co-I.s, Dr. Hackney and Dr. Bunnell

2010: AHRC Project Development Proposal (£15,000).‘Genealogies of Place’. P.I., Professor Hamish Fyfe, Co-I.s., Dr. Hackney, Dr. Frohlich, and Steve Thompson

2008-15: AHRC Research Studentship (open competition) £49,024. ‘Reconstruction Deconstructed: A study of post-war housing in Plymouth’

2008-13: Three European Social Fund (ESF) Studentships totalling £180,000. 'The Mingei and its Transnational Reception: A Comparative Study of Studio Pottery in South West England and South West Canada'; ‘Performing Memory: Art, Community, Archive and Place’; and ‘Bartram Hiles (1872-1927) Art, Commerce & Disability’

2008-10: Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project, ‘Memory Bay: The Art Community in St. Ives, Cornwall’. Jointly developed with Tate St Ives, St Ives Archive, Leach Pottery and Porthmeor Studios (£50,000). Dr. Hackney was a member of the development team and steering committee

2008: Design History Society (DHS) grant (£1,500) to support keynote speakers, Professor Bruno Latour, Professor Jeremy Myerson and designer Jan Konings at ‘Networks of Design’ conference, Falmouth University

2008: Higher Education Academy grant (£3,000) to support research on design pedagogy at ‘Networks of Design’ conference, FU

2001: Design History Society Research Award (£1,000) to support research on print culture and women’s magazines

1998-99: University of the Arts London (UAL) Research award (£1,500) to support research on print culture and women’s magazines

Conference/Symposia Organisation (Selected):

2015: Craftivist Garden: the Garden Party, 27th January, Toynbee Hall London, AHRC-funded Supplementary Knowledge Exchange/Dissemination Event (£20,000); installation, illustration booklet and guide to the project running your own workshops, talks: John MacMahon Crafts Council, George MacKay (AHRC Fellow); Daniel Carpenter (VAE); Jayne Howard, Director Arts for Health, Sarah Desmarais CDA/PhD student Falmouth University. Introduced and chaired by Dr Fiona Hackney; project researcher Dr Ann Roberts

2014: Beyond the Toolkit: Understanding & Evaluating Crafts Praxis for Health and Wellbeing, 19-20 February, Falmouth University: AHRC-funded Supplementary Knowledge Exchange/Dissemination Event (£15,000);a collaboration between Arts for Health, Cornwall and Falmouth University to explore the benefits of craft and creative making for health and well-being. The Symposium included national and international speakers, workshops led by creative practitioners and an exhibition of work by community groups in a range of arts for health settings.

2012: Material and Visual culture research group: Seminar Workshop for research group at Falmouth University, including presentations by staff and research students sharing approaches to research practice

2010: Doing a Doctorate: research students at Falmouth University and Exeter University give ‘work in progress’ talks and share good practice

2008 ‘Networks of Design’, Design History Society annual international conference, University College Falmouth, 3-6 September. Over 300 delegates attended and over 100 papers were given Keynotes Professor Bruno Latour, Professor Jeremy Myerson, and the designer Jan Konings. Dr. Hackney was lead convener.

2007:‘Belonging in Britain’, New Narratives/Old Stories: ‘race,’ culture and heritage,’ UCF. Speakers included: Dr. Caroline Bressey, Dr. Jo Littler, Carol Tulloch, and artist Ingrid Pollard

2006:‘Inside/Out: Curating Today’, UCF. Speakers included: Claire Doherty (Situations, Bristol), artist Lucy Willow, and curators Stella d’Ailly and Kit Hammonds

2005:‘Surf’s Up: What’s new in the histories of art and design’, UCF. Contributing speakers included: art historian Brandon Taylor, oral historian Linda Sandino, historian of visual culture Jill Seddon, and design historian Grace Lees-Maffei

2002: ‘Just What is it That Makes Graphic Design So Different, So Appealing?’ Symposium on Contemporary Graphic Design organised with Isabella Livingston. Speakers included: graphic design historian Professor David Crowley, designers Malcolm Garrett (Assorted Images, AMX) and Anthony Burrill, and design writer Dr. Emily King

Membership of Professional Bodies and Learned Societies

  • Elected Fellow Royal Society of arts, 2013
  • Elected Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, 2012
  • Elected to Design History Society Executive Committee as Conference Officer, 2008-2011
  • Elected to Women’s History Network Executive Committee, SW Region, 2008-
  • Member Modernist Studies Association, US, 2006-
  • Member Association of Art Historians, UK, 2005-
  • Member Middlebrow Network, 2008-

Learned Society Committees or Roles:

ICDHS: Academic Committee: 2014

DHS Academic Committee: 2012

  • Committee Member, History and Heritage Archive, the Poly, Falmouth
  • Steering Group for HLF Memory Bay project jointly run by St Ives Archive,Tate St Ives, Leach Pottery

Universities (UK), HEFCE and Similar Committees or Roles:

  • Invited External Panel Member for Revalidation RCA/V&A MA History of Design Royal College of Art, 16th June 2015
  • Elected to Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, 2012 – 2018 as an Academic Reviewer for research grant proposals in Design History, Theory and Practice, Community Art including Art and Health, Art History, Gender and Sexuality, Media
  • 25 peer reviews completed up to August 2016
  • AHRC Invited Peer Review Panel Member: Design Highlight, June 2014
  • AHRC Invited Peer Review Panel Member: Development Grants scheme, December 2014
  • MA (Hons) Edin Fine Art
  • MA (RCA/V&A) Design History
  • PhD History, Goldsmith's College, University of London

Publications (Selected):

  • Hackney, F. & M. Loveday Edwards. ‘Speaking through Making: living archives, embodied value’ chapter in edited collection: Pararchive: Connecting Communities: Storytelling and the Digital Archive
  • Soundwaves: Community Heritage Activism. Developed from paper for AHRC-Heritage Connected Communities Heritage Network Conference. With Jeanie Sinclair
  • ‘Future Thinking for Social Living’: Affective Speculations and Practices that matter’. SMT 16 | Multisensory materialities in the art school: Studies in Material Thinking/16
  • Special Issue with M. Tyzlik Carver. for publication June/July 2017
  • Hackney, F., Maughan, H., Desmarais, S., The Power of Quiet: re-making amateur and professional textile spaces, agencies and identities. Journal of Textile Design, Research & Practice, Routledge. Special issue. 2017
  • Hackney, F. & H. Maughan, ‘Stitched Together: Community Learning, Collaborative Making’, Futurescan 3: journal of fashion in higher education. 2016. Developed from paper given at Futurescan 3: intersecting identities, November 2015, Glasgow School of Art. Published by ftc: association of degree courses in fashion and textiles and edited by Helena Britt
  • Hackney, F., A. Roberts & J. Howard, M. Rana ‘Craftivist Garden #wellmaking’: Critical Thinking through Mindful Making, an activist network’ Journal of Applied Arts and Health & Crafts Research – two invited articles to be submitted 2016/7
  • Hackney, F. Women’s Magazines and the Feminine Imagination: Opening Up a New World for Women in Interwar Britain, monograph currently in preparation for I. B. Tauris (forthcoming 2017)
  • Hackney, F. Edinburgh Companion to British Women’s Print Culture between the Wars. Co-edited collection: Dr Catherine Clay, Dr Fiona Hackney, Professor Maria Di Cenzo, Dr Barbara Green, Edinburgh University Press. Sections include fashion and domestic periodicals, girls’ magazines, feminist and literary periodicals. (publication 2017)
  • Hackney, F. ‘The Pretty Girl at the Machine: Dress and Workplace Identities in British Women’s Magazines, 1919-1939’. Invited paper for AHRC-funded Network’. PI Dr. Vike Plock, Exeter University. Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities, 1880-1939. Edited collection forthcoming (MUP: 2018)
  • Hackney, Fiona & Deirdre Figueiredo’ ‘Better Together’: Co-Creating Living Heritage, Community Assets & Enterprise’. Chapter for The Craft Economy: Makers, Markets and Meaning, edited collection Bloomsbury Academic: Dr Nicola Thomas & Professor Susan Luckman (forthcoming 2016). Developed from paper for AHRC-Heritage Connected Communities Heritage Network Conference.
  • Hackney, F. ‘Getting a Living. Getting a Life: Leonora Eyles, Employment and Agony 1925-1930’. Single authored peer reviewed chapter in Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption. Editors: Dr Sue Hawkins; Dr Nicola Phillips; Dr Rae Ritchie, Routledge. (2016)
  • Hackney, F. ‘Taking CARE: building community assets through collaborative creative-making’. Making Futures: Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: new opportunities for social innovation and sustainable practice. June 2014. Vol. 3 ISSN 2042-1664. Peer reviewed single authored article (open access):
  • ‘CAREful or CAREless? Collaborative Making and Social Engagement through Craft’, Engage 33: Special issue on Critical Craft, December 2013 pp. 23-37. Peer reviewed Single authored article for online and print publication developed from research for AHRC–funded project:
  • Hackney, F. ‘Quiet Activism & the New Amateur: the power of home and hobby crafts’. Single authored article in peer-reviewed special issue of Design and Culture (Ed.) G. Julier. May/June 2013. pp. 169-194. Developed from paper at Design History Society annual conference: ‘Design Activism’, Barcelona (2011)
  • F. Hackney, J. Glynne, V. Minton (Eds.) Networks of Design (Florida Universal, Publishers, 2010) Available in paperback and as an e-book. The edited collection running to over 300 pages was developed from the international conference of the same name, which is cited in a number of recent publications including K. Fallan, Design History (Berg, 2010). Dr. Hackney also wrote the introduction
  • Hackney, F. ‘”Women are News”: British women’s magazines 1919-1939’, in A. Ardis, & P. Collier (Eds.) Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernism (Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp. 114-133
  • Hackney, F. ‘”They Opened up a Whole New World”: Narrative, Text and Image in British Women’s Magazines in the 1930s’, in ‘Show/Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image (2007) Working Papers on Design pp. 1-24
  • Hackney, F. ‘Use Your Hands for Happiness: Home Craft & Make-do-and-mend in British Women’s Magazines in the1920s & 1930s’ (2006) Special Issue on DIY Journal of Design History, Vol. 19 No. 1, Oxford University Press, pp. 24-38
  • Entries on ‘Leonora Eyles’, ‘Ruby M. Ayres’, ‘M. Belloc-Lowndes’ and ‘The Society of Women Writers & Journalists’, in F. Hammill & E. Miskimmin (Eds.) the Encyclopaedia of British Women’s Writing, 1900-50 (Hampshire & NY, Palgrave, 2004)
  • Hackney, F. Featured Article ‘Magazines, Femininity & Modernity: Researching Magazines’ in Design History Society Newsletter, Nov. 2001
  • ‘Making Modern Women, Stitch by Stitch: Dressmaking and Women’s Magazines in Britain in the 1920s & 1930s’, in B. Burman (Ed.) The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption and Home dressmaking (Oxford & NY, Berg, 1999), pp. 73-96
  • Hackney, F. ‘Pleasures and Responsibilities: The Discourse of Modern Housewifery in Women’s Magazines in the 1930s’ in A. Despard (Ed.) A Woman’s Place, Agder College Research Series No. 12 (Kristiansand, Norway, 1998), pp. 200-219
  • Hackney, F. ‘Women at Curwen’ in J. Seddon & S. Worden (Eds.) Women Designing: Redefining Design in Britain between the Wars (Brighton, University of Brighton, 1996), pp. 50-63. The essay has been cited in a number of publications, most recently T. J. Edelstein (Ed.) (2010) Art for All: British Posters for Transport (New Haven, Yale University Press)

Selected Reviews:

  • Linda Sandino & Matthew Partington (2013) Oral History in the Visual Arts, for Crafts Research forthcoming 2015
  • Matthew Chambers at the New Craftsman Gallery St. Ives Cornwall from 13- September 2014, Ceramic Review 2014
  • Bernard Leach Etchings, publication following exhibition at the New Craftsman Gallery St Ives. Print Quarterly 2014
  • John Bedding Solo Exhibition, Leach Pottery St Ives, 26 July – 6 September, Ceramic Review 2014
  • ‘True to form’ Review of International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives, 1915-1965, exhibition review Tate St Ives in The Times Higher Education magazine 22-28 May 2014, pp. 44-45, print and online
  • David Roberts ‘Landscapes & artefacts – Memories & Inventions’ exhibition at Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, published in Ceramic Review: the magazine of Ceramic Art and Craft, July/August 2014, p. 31
  • The invention of craft. In Glenn Adamson, Bloomsbury, London & New York, 2013. ISB HB: 978 0 85785 064 5, PB: 978 0 85785 066 9. Published in Ceramic Review
  • The Mass Image. A Social History of Photomechanical Reproduction in Victorian London, G. Beegan, Journal of Design History, 2012 25, pp. 114-117
  • Jean Batten: My Life, New Zealand’s Greatest Woman Pilot, Herstoria, 2011
  • The Parlour and the Suburb: Domestic Identities, Class, Femininity and Modernity, J. Giles, Journal of Design History, 2006 19, pp. 266-268
  • Second-Hand Cultures, N. Grigson & L. Crewe, Journal of Design History, 2005
  • Selling Culture, Magazines, Markets and Class at the Turn of the Century, R. Ohmann, Journal of Design History, 1998

I welcome applications from doctoral research students working in the following areas: fashion, dress, textiles, design culture and social design, design history, crafts, material culture, gender and print culture, community engagement, creative practice health and wellbeing, participatory practice, co-creation and heritage.

PhDs completed: 

  • Completed 2016: Hilary Phillips ‘Reconstruction deconstructed: a study of post war housing in Plymouth’, AHRC funded part-time student, DoS
  • Completed 2016: Sarah Desmarais (AHRC-funded CDA in collaboration with Arts for Health Cornwall) Crafts, Health and Well-being (due to complete 2015) DoS
  • Completed 2013: Ann Roberts: ‘Bartram Hiles (1872-1927) Art, Commerce & Disability’, Economic Social Fund funded full-time student, DoS
  • Completed 2015: Jason Bate ‘Viewing and Reading Medical Photographs and the Representation to Physical and mental Trauma: Facial Injuries in World War (part-time student
  • Completed 2011: Pam Manasseh: ‘The Brynmawr Experiment 1928-1940’, DoS


  • Tara Boath Mooney, “Caring through clothing”: Textile artefacts as multisensory triggers for memory and narrative to explore a sense of self and/or personhood for people with early stage Dementia. Second supervisor. F-T student due to complete 2017-18
  • Alex Lambley: 'The Mingei and its Transnational Reception: A Comparative Study of Studio Pottery in South West England and South West Canada', ESF funded full-time student (due to complete 2016), DoS
  • Jeanie Sinclair: ‘Performing Memory: Art, Community, Archive and Place’, full-time ESF funded student (due to complete 2016), DoS
  • Matt Lunt, ‘Photography, Place and Pleasure’ (part-time student, due to complete 2016): mentoring supervisor

PhD & MPhil & (External) MA Examination

  • Anna Sznajder, Women. Bobbin lace histories and the formation of lacemaking heritage in Bobowa, Southern PolandI. External Examiner University of the West of Scotland: an ethnographic case study. January 2015
  • Damon Taylor Design Art Furniture and the Boundaries of Function: Communicative Objects, Performative Things. 2011. Internal Examiner Falmouth University
  • Margaret Smith. James Nesfield: Garden Design: decoration and design in the early Nineteenth Century Internal Examiner Falmouth University 2010
  • Jacqueline Swift Collectors of Intangibles and Material Objects University of Huddersfield 2013. MA by Research External Examiner