Alison Welsh is an artist, consultant, and designer.


She works with communities and museums, advocating fashion and textiles as instruments for social change. Her work has recently focussed on developing models of sustainable craft and design collaboration, to stimulate the regeneration of rural craft practices.


As a practicing designer she has developed and tested collaborative models for sustainable craft practices through field research in Southeast Asia. She has collaborated with the British Council, HEI’s, NGO’s and individual crafts workers in India and Thailand, in a series of projects that have built incrementally and contributed to social and economic impacts on the crafts workers there. These projects are primarily disseminated through public exhibition.


Her work has been exhibited in India (Field to Fashion), China (Revive & 1838) Japan (Handmade), The Netherlands and Thailand (The Tai Lue Project).


Welsh was previously employed at Manchester Metropolitan University, initially within Manchester School of Art where she was a Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Fashion course for almost 20 years. She subsequently became Head of Department and Head of Fashion Research in what was to become the Manchester Fashion Institute where she is currently a Visiting Research Fellow.


Before entering academia, she worked as a fashion design consultant for ten years, initially at Design Intelligence, a London fashion design company, where she published books specialising in the forecasting of fashion design. Welsh then went on to collectively set up IN.D.EX. (International Design Exchange) where she worked as design consultant whilst also compiling trend forecasting publications with a focus on visualising future use of colour for fashion and menswear design.


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