Catherine Dormor

Catherine Dormor is an academic artist and writer, working with textiles. She was awarded a practice-led PhD for her work on the interplay between sight and touch found in textile structures and behaviours. She has published a number of texts including A Philosophy of Textile: between practice and theory (2020), Transnational Belonging & Female Agency in the Arts (Dormor & Sliwinska, 2022) and an essay on the Caress in The Erotic Cloth Millar & Kettle 2018).  She is currently Head of Research Programmes at the Royal College of Art, London.


Drawing on écriture feminine, Dormor discusses how knowledge gained through a textile practice might be expressed using language and imagery.


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