Claire Beale is a lecturer in the BA Textile Design program in the School of Fashion and Textiles.
Claire is currently undertaking a PhD by project exploring craftsmanship in the context of process and practice in textile design. Positioning itself in reference to the New Craft movement (Neo Craft) the project considers various aspects of creative practice, narrative and collaboration.
Research grants and projects
Critical thinking, reflection and assessment of personal creative practice – e-portfolios and online learning tools
RMIT Learning and Teaching Investment Fund (LTIF) project
Role - Project Leader
Budget - $25,000
Critical thinking, reflection and assessment of personal creative practice – e-portfolios and on-line learning tools focused on the need for textile designers to develop a philosophical approach to their professional practice, and be able to communicate this to others. The challenge was to develop the necessary skills that students need to be able to professionally expound on their practice in order to attain recognition and experience, as well as capitalise on opportunities.
This project involved staff from the School of Fashion and Textiles, Study and Learning Centre, Educational Technology Advancement Group, Learning and Teaching, College of Design and Social Context.
Graduate Certificate Tertiary Teaching and Learning RMIT University
Bachelor Arts (with Distinction) Textile Design RMIT University
Bachelor Arts (Honours) Fine Art University of Melbourne
Claire’s experience in the fashion and textile industries includes commercial and bespoke design services, curatorial practice, visual merchandising, marketing, product development and retail operations.
MDIA - Member of the Design Institute of Australia
DIA VIC / TAS Vice President & Councillor, Co-ordinator of the Textile Practice Group, Design Education Liaison
Professional Member of Craft Victoria
BA Textile Design Winner of the Premier’s Award for Sustainability – Tertiary Education
BA Textile Design Winner Green Gown Awards Australasia 2011 - Learning and Teaching ACTS (Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability)
RMIT Teaching Awards 2010 Certificate of Achievement - Category A8: Teaching Excellence Higher Education (Early Career Academic) Citation: “For innovative and creative adaptation and design of strategies for student centred learning and teaching practice in the textile design discipline”.
2012 Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) National Conference, ‘Creating Our Next Courageous Steps’, 30 September–3rd October Melbourne
2011 ePortfolios Australia Conference ‘making a difference – showing the difference’ Curtin University WA
2010 The 10th International Conference of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS inc.) ‘Connecting Curriculum and Campus’ Australian Catholic University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University, Victoria University and the University of Melbourne
Learning and Teaching Expo Vision 2020: Challenging Changes RMIT University
Drawing Out 2010: Festival and Conference of Drawing RMIT University
2009 Cumulus 38? South: Hemispheric Shifts Across Learning, Teaching and Research RMIT and Swinburne University
Microtopia – part of RMIT Design Research Institute’s Convergence: Transforming Our Future exhibition, RMIT Design Hub, Cnr Victoria & Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3–24 May 2013
Spiritus Loci – Prana House, Thornbury, 4th May 2013
Curator & exhibitor
Interwoven – part of MSFW Look.Stop.Shop.program DIA Design Gallery Level 1, 175 Collins St Melbourne, 4–28 September 2012
Commune Festival and Conference 18th July RMIT Brunswick
Commune ‘Sustainably engaging with our community’ Festival and Conference 18th May RMIT Brunswick
Commune ‘Within bike riding distance of RMIT’ Festival and Market Day 12th October RMIT Brunswick
Steering Committee member and reviewer, Drawing Out 2010: Festival and Conference of Drawing RMIT University and University of Arts London (UAL)
- Lynas, E.,Budge, K.,Beale, C. (2013). Hands on: The importance of studio learning in design education In: Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, 2, 127 - 138
- Budge, K.,Beale, C.,Lynas, E. (2013). A chaotic intervention: creativity and peer learning in design education In: International Journal of Art and Design Education, 32, 146 - 156
- Underwood, J.,Wahr, F.,Lynas, E.,Beale, C. (2011). A group approach to embedding sustainability within a degree curriculum: Collaborative, creative, iterative In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Melbourne, Australia, 29 September - 01 October 2010
- Underwood, J.,Lynas, E.,Adams, L.,Beale, C. (2009). Transformative textiles In: Cumulus 38 Degrees South 2009, Proceedings of the Cumulus Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 12 - 14 November 2009