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Nicola is an artist and maker. As a Senior Lecturer on BA/BSc (Hons) Textile Practice, she primarily teaches Woven Textiles, Drawing and Craft - joining the University in 1999. Her research interests include Drawing, Amateur Enagagement in Crafts (and other areas), Community Making and Quilting.

Nicola graduated with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design from The University of Huddersfield before embarking on a career in International design studios within woven and carpet manufacturing, teaching designers how to use specialist CAD software. Subsequent studies led to Nicola completing an MA in Contemporary Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012.

Currently undertaking a Practice based PhD: Activating the Amateur in an Arts Practice at the University of Huddersfield

In 2005 Nicola established SAMPLE, which included both a publishing and enterprise unit for education, and an annual publication of a catalogue that presented the work of the Textile Craft final year students over an 8 year period.

Nicola was Course Leader on BA (Hons) Textile Crafts, 2002 - 2015.


  • Drawing
  • Craft
  • Community Participation
  • Amateurism
  • Quilting

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Research Output 2009 2019

Playing to Draw [for Design]

Perren, N. L., 1 May 2019, In : International Journal of Art and Design Education. 38, 2, p. 387-397 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Review of the transitions – Rethinking textiles and surfaces conference, university of Huddersfield, 26–27 november 2014

Perren, N., 1 Mar 2015, In : Craft Research. 6, 1, p. 139-143 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

A Sustainable Education of Craft in the UK: Crafting Sustainability: Samle and Extra-Curricular Enterprise

Perren, N. & Walker, R., 18 Sep 2009, In : Making futures. 1, p. 332-341 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2009 2016

  • 3 Oral presentation

Playing to Draw [For Design]

Nicola Perren (Speaker)
18 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Archival Interventions

Nicola Perren (Speaker), Rowan Bailey (Speaker), Claire Barber (Speaker)
30 May 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Sample: Branding an Education

Nicola Perren (Speaker), Penny Macbeth (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
18 Nov 2009

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation