School of Art, Design and Performance


Susan Noble

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer – BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3823
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  • Department: School of Art, Design and Performance
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I studied printmaking at Brighton Polytechnic followed by an MA in Sequential Design and Narrative Illustration at the University of Brighton. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1998, having previously taught in Further Education, Secondary Schools and Community Arts.

My background in teaching and developing enterprise started most significantly in 2001 when I opened ‘Gallery Zero One’, an exhibition and retail space which combined a traditional commercial gallery with the type of retail outlet associated more with public museums, situated in the heart of standard and independent retail. 

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching involves the delivering of seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials for BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design.

I am coordinator for the following units:

  • Enterprise Planning & Retail
  • Enterprise Production & Manufacture
  • Core Skills: Textiles, and Fashion and Textiles Enterprise
  • Live Projects
  • Fashion and Textiles Enterprise


I am interested in how design students use their sketchbooks to investigate an idea or concept, and to document their research; and how this process can be applied to business planning.

In my own practice, I have experimented with combining and layering techniques within printmaking, to capture the hand-drawn, physical nature of the process. I have explored the possibilities of narrative and illustrative textiles, using feminist literature, domestic artefacts and the deeds of my house as sources of inspiration.

My more recent work has utilised traditional domestic craft techniques as a means of salvaging and adorning thrown-away clothing through obvious and overstated use, which at one and the same time renders the items both more and less functional. An eternal obsession with drawing is determining my current work through the relationship of drawing to stitch.

I have been recording articulations of a design process by amateur domestic craft practioners through interviews and personal narratives. I have created a series of craft pieces in response to this information.


Research profile

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