Sandra Heffernan

Sandra Heffernan

Senior lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design

Dr. Sandra Heffernan undertakes innovative textile/industry/science/technology collaborations, as well as material culture research and art/design practice. Completed collaborations include new yarn developments and sustainable dyeing innovations.

  • Expertise

    Textile and fashion art and design; sustainable coloration; collaboration; material culture; artefact provenance.

  • Research Highlights

    ‘Colour Solutions’. A confidential report for industry. 2013

    ‘Stitch Kings: The Influence of J & P Coats on Textile Design Education’. International Journal of Scottish Studies. Guelph University: Canada. 2012.
    An in-depth analysis of the impact of the thread industry leader on textile design education, their motivations and processes.

    ‘To the New Century of Natural Dyeing’. Exhibited at The 7TH Natural Dyeing Biennale in Aichi, Japan in the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Modern Art 18-24 December 2012.
    Heffernan was invited to exhibit textiles dyed with waste sources of colorants with other leading international and Japanese artists.

    ‘Good Nick’. A Beef and Lamb funded collaboration with The Formary. 2012.
    A new rice straw wool yarn was developed and a confidential report completed. This work is continuing.

  • Qualifications

    PhD (Glasgow School of Art)

  • Professional Affiliations

    TextilesNZ
    Commonwealth Secretariat Natural Fibre Forum
    International Council of Museums - costume member