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Kathryn graduated from the University of Northumbria in 2003 with a first class degree in fashion design, specialising in Menswear tailoring. During her final year at University she was the winner of the Royal Society of Arts award for fashion design 2003, this included a trip to Australia sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation. She was also awarded prizes for international fashion competitions such as the China cup and Fashion Awareness Direct.
She worked as a menswear designer for 5 years producing formal and casual menswear for Nigel Cabourn, Reebok and Republic. Kathryn worked closely alongside garment technologists and graphic designers experiencing all aspects of garment production. Kathryn’s enthusiasm and knowledge for computer-aided graphics led her to pursue a career in teaching and subsequently joined The University of Huddersfield in 2008.
Kathryn is currently the course leader of Fashion Design with Textiles BA (Hons) and teaches across all year levels. Her area of specialism is design and fashion with textiles. Since joining the fashion team at The University of Huddersfield she has developed a program of study using computer-aided design software that is relevant to practice within the fashion industry. This specialism is now firmly embedded into the fashion design program of study and the work being produced by students is highly commended by industry specialists.
In 2014 Kathryn completed an MA in Professional Development that focused on pedagogical research within the design discipline, this continues to underpin her teaching practice. In 2015 Kathryn will begin a practical-based PhD at the University of Huddersfield that will focus on her creative skills and subject specialist knowledge.
In 2012, as part of the ROTOR programme at Huddersfield Art Gallery Kathryn co-curated ‘Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting’ with colleague Dr Kevin Almond. In 2014 Kathryn completed an MA in professional development and graduated from the school of Education at the University of Huddersfield. The research study investigated current pedagogical practices and examined the characteristics of the learning environment for design-based degree programmes within UK higher education. Its purpose was to identify current teaching and learning practices across a range of design disciplines within one specific institution in order to evaluate and implement improvements to enhance the undergraduate learning experience. The study measured the effectiveness of current teaching and learning practices; the academic and undergraduate input provided a detailed insight from tutors who facilitate the degree programs and undergraduate students with recent learning experience. Elements of the research findings from the investigation have been embedded into the fashion design program of study.
After researching teaching methods within the design discipline in higher education it led Kathryn to examine learning craft-based skills outside of formal education; looking at the ways that traditional craft techniques are exchanged through generations in an informal context.
Her PhD explores how hand-produced techniques that were once seen as essential skills for repairing or producing garments are no longer passed through familial relationships; the preference now is to adopt more specialist production methods. The research investigates how contemporary lifestyles have affected the way in which the cognition and capability of attaining craft skills are learnt and disseminated into today’s fast-paced society.
Brennand, K (2014) An Investigation into the Impact of Learning Environments and Teaching Large Student Cohorts within Design Subjects at Higher Education Level Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Brennand, K. and Evans, C.(2014) University of Huddersfield Graduate Fashion Show 2014 [Show/Exhibition]
Almond, K. and Brennand, K.(2013) Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting ('Behind the Seams' Acquisition) [Show/Exhibition]
Almond, K. and Brennand, K. (2012) ‘Insufficient Allure The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting’. In: ROTO? Programme Part 1. Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. p. 4. ISBN 9781862181021
Almond, K. and Brennand, K.(2012) Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting [Show/Exhibition]
Brennand, K. and Almond, K. (2012) ‘Insufficient Allure: The Art of Creative Pattern Cutting (ROTOR)’ ROTO? . ISSN 978-1-86218-102-1
Organising external fashion events – Graduate Fashion Week, London / Graduate Fashion Show, Huddersfield / Degree show, University of Huddersfield / British Fashion Council Preview Day
Organising live projects with industry – Rita Britton, Polyanna September 2013
Course Leader of Fashion Design with Textiles BA(Hons)
TFD1132 Visual Studies (40 Credits)
TFD1103 Textiles for Fashion 1
Final year tutor
Personal Tutor (approx. 60 students)
External recruitment events – UCAS / Open Days / College visits / Graduate shows