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Ms Imogen Aust

Job: Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Design Crafts / Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 255 7523




Personal profile

I came to DMU in August 2012 with experience in Art, Craft and Design Higher Education, particularly in the Design Crafts subject area. I have research interests in pedagogy, craft’s values to society, materials and processes, craft’s connections to health and well being and in developing and exhibiting my own work.  

My experience of teaching is wide ranging from primary school level as Artist in Residence, through BA and MA degree levels to PhD supervising. I began my teaching career at The Oxfordshire School of Art & Design as a Foundation Art & Design tutor.

My own craft practice is described as multi-disciplinary; the work I am making at the moment has developed from observations of how we learn craft skills. I am interested in using loops of technology in my work; hand, machine and computer. New technologies are adding to methods of manufacture, reaching markets and involving the end user. I enjoy the range of possibilities available for Design Crafts as a subject, and enjoy enabling students at DMU to respond to new, exciting opportunities.   

Artists Statement

My Craft practice is about ideas and concepts as much as it is about making objects. My work involves craft values and comments on our experiences of the material world. I am interested in tangible and virtual interfaces; in the making process, the artefacts themselves and their presentation to an audience. The sensorial is of great interest to me as a craft practitioner. Virtual experiences are changing our tacit knowledge and bodily intelligence and perception of what is real. Our knowledge of materials is changing as we no longer need to make or repair things ourselves. I am interested in materiality, the tactile and sensory experience of craft and in the barriers that exist when responding to objects and materials, particularly the engagement in technical processes. 

Research group affiliations

Design Crafts, Sociology, Well Being, Fine Art, Product Design, Digital Technology, Heritage.

Publications and outputs

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Key research outputs

Current and recent exhibitions:  

April 2011: 
‘Unruly’, Exhibited ceramics  at CSAD, Coventry University.

June 2011: 
Design4health Conference Exhibition, Sheffield Hallam University. Exhibitor.

July 2011: 
Potclay’s Emerging Maker finalist, The International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth University. UK.  July 2011

February 2012 to July 2013:
‘Made in the Middle’, Slip cast ceramic installation.
Craftspace touring exhibition in partnership with Macc Birmingham and The National Centre for Craft & Design. UK
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Research interests/expertise

Design Crafts / Contemporary Crafts

I have research interests in pedagogy, craft’s values to society, health and well being and in developing and exhibiting my own work.

Materials and processes: I am interested in loops of technology: Hand, machine and computer technologies, and combinations.

Print- across materials from wood, ceramics, paper and textile 

Ceramics- slip casting, print, hand building.

Textiles- stitch, construction, surface, print, felt making, paper making, embroidery

Areas of teaching

Design Crafts Programme Leader
Teaching and Assessing: Full-time senior lecturer in the broad Design Craft subject area.

  • Knowledge and expertise across Craft contexts and mediums 
  • Workshop practice, ceramics, textiles and print 
  • Lecture in Design, Drawing and Communication.
  • Professional Practice 
  • Contextual Studies


  • MA Art & Design Studio Practice (ceramics), LUSAD, Loughborough University
  • BA (Hons) Textile Art, Goldsmiths College, London University

Courses taught

Membership of professional associations and societies

Conference attendance

Design4health Conference, 2011, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. ‘Memory and Touch; recalling experiential knowledge’, ceramic artefacts. Exhibitor.


Consultancy work

Design craft, Contemporary Craft. Pedagogy / Education and Practice.

Available for consultancy

Commission for interior products, craft product

Residencies. I.e. in schools and community projects 

Current research students

Hannah Tounsend, Masters by Independent Study (MAIS) DMU, supervisor


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