Dr Sian Weston

Subject Leader MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors, UCA Rochester

Academic, School of Fashion

Dr. Sian Weston is Subject Leader for MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors at UCA Rochester, where her hybrid skill set encompassing both studio practice and critical theory mirrors the core skills required at Masters level research.

Sian is a researcher and curator with specialist skills in fashion and textiles, and over twenty years’ experience of working within the creative sector. 

For ten years Sian worked at the London Printworks Trust, a specialist printed textiles resource aimed at professional designers working within the fashion industry, and a key part of Arts Council England’s craft portfolio. Resource users included Jonathan Saunders, Eley Kishimoto, Peter Pilotto, Meadham and Kirchhoff, Celine and Burberry.

She has worked on projects with a range of significant National organizations including It’s Better to Travel with Arts Council England; Can Craft Make You Happy? with the Crafts Council; An Ideal Home with the V&A, and Pop! with the Hayward Gallery Public Programmes. Sian has taught at a range of British art schools including Chelsea College of Art, Central Saint Martin’s, and London College of Fashion




Sian Weston, Course Leader MA Printed Textiles, UCA Rochester

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Specialist consultant to Crafts Council’s Maker Development Office
  • Writer in residence, Textile Futures Research Centre (CSM) and Textile Environment Design (Chelsea College of Art)
  • Specialist advisor, London Print Studio
  • Panel member and consultant for the Sackler Centre International Residency Programme, V&A
  • Member Design History Society

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • 2010 Clore Leadership award, Arts Admin London
  • 2009 Can Craft Make You Happy? Spark Plug curators award, Crafts Council
  • 2008 Watch this Space award from Engage (with design group Action Time Vision)
  • 2004 Mediumtown, CABE and Arts Council England, part of Architecture Week
  • 2002 It’s Better to Travel, Arts Council England Go! Award



Sian has commissioned a wide range of new works from artists and designers including:

  • 2006-08 - New Explorations in Print, a two-year programme featuring Christopher Pearson, Rhian Solomon, Fiona Zobole, Simon Elvins, and Sebastian White for London Design Festival 
  • 2007 - Linda Florence, Sugar Floor for Textile07 Kaunas Biennale, Lithuania
  • 2006 - Hetain Patel, Sine Language, in partnership with the City Gallery Leicester and Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
  • 2003-06 - Homespun, a three-year commissioning programme for emerging UK-based designers funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • 2004 - Boys who Sew / In Double Bodies with Faisal Adu’Allah and Fernando Marques Penteado: part of Crafts Council’s touring show curated by Professor Janis Jefferies