Mrs Sally Gaukrodger-Cowan

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Fashion and Textiles

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

T: Ext 8481



Personal profile

Having been involved in the Fashion business for 12 years as a Senior Buyer I have now been teaching for more than 20 years in Art and Design and I am a Senior Lecturer and a Researcher in training .
I have had a lifelong obsession with colour and pattern which has been influenced by personal heritage, life experiences and travel . My personal practice has developed into mainly mixed media ,painting , textiles and I am an ‘Everythingist’.
My work is inspired by many personal collections, comparing ,reflecting and responding to stimuli .
My pedagogy is influenced by my personal practice experimentation and reflection and I am interested in how Archives can stimulate ideas.

The personal methodology of my work is also an essential consideration when responding to stimulus, I enjoy experimenting and developing ideas and creating colourful and sometimes batty visual responses through sketchbooks, mini video , installation and sampling.
'I am interested in how personal heritage and life’s experiences live on in artwork and textiles and how they communicate to a new generation.
Much of my inspiration comes from personal heritage and the culture of places I have visited whilst growing up and whilst working and travelling internationally in the Fashion Industry.
My current research is related to practice based personal methodology.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Art and Design

Research interests/expertise

Practice based personal methodology Fashion and textiles 1980's Sustainability

Areas of teaching

Fashion Buying Style and Colour Guest Lecturer Personal practice


BA hons in Fashion Design FHEA

Courses taught

Fashion Buying Plus Personal practice Lecture MA 

Membership of professional associations and societies



In conversation 150 years of DMU Archive Fashion and Textiles 1980's
T-Extinction March 2020