Dr. Jonathan Faiers

Jonathan is a Reader in Fashion and Textiles at theSource: Buteman University of Southampton, UK. His research examines the interface between popular culture, textiles and dress. He acts as a consultant and a member of the Publications Advisory Board at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is the author of Tartan (Bloomsbury) and more recently, Dressing Dangerously (Yale University Press) which reveals how clothing, imbued with its own symbolic meaning, can be read much like a text. Jonathan serves as co-editor of the new journal Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption, the first truly interdisciplinary academic journal devoted to luxury. We are truly honoured to have him serve as an adviser to Liberation Kilt Company.

Juliana Sissons

Juliana Sissons is Fashion Designer in Residence at the V&A Museum, London, where she offers workshops and demonstrations in haute couture, design and pattern cutting. She is Tutor in Pattern Cutting at the University of Brighton, and Senior Lecturer in Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textiles at Nottingham Trent University. She also teaches at the London College of Fashion and Northbrook College. Juliana wrote the knitwear component in Bloomsbury’s Basics Fashion Design series and is currently writing a book on creative pattern cutting. Before setting up her own label she free-lanced for Alexander McQueen and Shelley Fox. Other clients include Hewitts of Savile Row and the BBC. Her work has also been commissioned by artists Leigh Bowery, Andrew Logan, Britney Spears and style icon Isabella Blow. “My background in costume design, Savile Row tailoring and pattern cutting has provided me with a unique approach to knitwear”, she says. “I am designing from a different starting point. Rather than using large needles or a chunky gauge knitting machine to create volume and structure, I have used many fine layers and tailoring techniques to interface, adding support for construction and suspension”. Her work has been featured in a number of journals and magazines, including The Costume Journal, International Textiles, International Vogue Knitwear and The Times Newspaper Magazine. Juliana is the architect of our nascent ‘Rebel Tartan Project‘, which gives young fashion designers the opportunity to develop their own style while creating new collections for Liberation Kilt Company. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Michael Sanders

MSMichael is a UK based artist working from a former military airfield in Lincolnshire, England. In 2011 he was awarded the OPEM Purchase/Commission Prize sponsored by the Heslam Trust. His practice often subverts the everyday: as the blundering nuclear tourist he makes gentle interventions at former Cold War and nuclear sites, using tartan and textiles to challenge and reappropriate the imagery and symbolism of military power and technology. “My work in engineering has given me a particular insight into the good and bad sides of technology, a prominent theme throughout my artistic practice”, he says. His work was featured in ‘Target Practice’, a programme for BBC Radio 4 (April 2010) made in collaboration with producer Kate Burningham on location at RAF Holbeach, a bombing range on the Lincolnshire Wash that is used by British, American and European squadrons for training purposes.

“The nuclear age and its lasting effects on the landscape fascinate me”, he says. “I try to picture the world as a future archaeologist might interpret it, sifting through the jumbled layers of conflict and habitation”. Michael’s work has been shown in Cuba, Europe and the USA, recently participating in the following exhibitions: Cobra 1.7 – Cobra Res, 71a Gallery, London; A Focus For Memory, The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln and Subversive Design – Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. He is currently developing a range of mildly seditious products using his own brand DRONE COUNTY®. “I think there is a hunger for things that wake you up,” said the artist Doug Aitken recently. “Something that makes you peel back your eyes, that reminds you that you are alive. Art is at its best when it is in the ‘now’”. Michael’s work fits squarely into this category, and we’re delighted to have him on board.

Polaris Tartan Suit – Apparel for a Nuclear Tourist. Photo by Paul Redmond © Michael Sanders