Lecturer helps students design the future

A design lecturer at Somerset College, Taunton, is taking part as a visiting lecturer in a special project looking into the future of textile design, at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London.

Neil Musson, a lecturer on Somerset College’s BA (Hons) Interior Textiles and Surface Design course, will be cross-pollinating ideas between Taunton and London as he takes part in the two month Future Textiles / Future Stuff project at the RCA.

Neil, who also runs his own surface design company, is giving lectures and mentoring students at the RCA as they consider how textile design may change over the next 20 years, and how new technologies will offer new possibilities.

“It’s all about challenging notions of how we make things and how we think – more from a concept than a practical point of view,” he said.

“The project will lead to ideas rather than a product and students are being encouraged to dream the impossible. It’s very bold and also very relevant to what will happen in the future.”

Neil Musson has worked at the RCA as a visiting lecturer for over eight years and this project involves part-time work there over a two month period.

He is a former student at the RCA himself, having gained his MA degree in Mixed Media there.

* Neil has also just published an article on the Surface Design curriculum in Networks magazine, which is published by the Higher Education Academy. The article looks at the development of the Surface Design curriculum – how it has changed over the last five years and how it needs to change in order to adapt and be relevant to industry.

Caption: Neil Musson