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Jules Findley

PhD Work

Fragmentation: Materialising Mourning from Complicated Grief

This PhD by project is an investigation into the relationship between the affect of grief and the creative, embodied encounters with paper materials. In some types of traumatic loss, complicated grief can subsume the bereaved in a way like no other. Mourning can be a very difficult process.


The research integrates creative practice working with fibre based materials with the scholarly and cultural exploration of the literatures and theories of mourning as a specific psychological state of mind. Using paper as a means of connoting affect and grief in the practice, paper becomes the metaphor to discuss research questions that connects the maternal with affect in maternal grief. 


The process is auto-ethnography, using subjective experience as a medium through which to reflect on the relationship between materiality and affect. The substrate using play, judgment is suspended, whilst the hand creates individual materiality.  The theory of culture and society, which enabled the methods of auto-ethnography and creative practice research to emerge, is the paradigm of post modern and post positivist accounts of new relations between ‘subjectivity’ and ‘objectivity’. 


  • PhD


    School of Design


    Design Research, 2012–2018

  • Research by Project: Jules Findley’s practice research emerges from examining the psychological and emotional aspects of mourning and complicated grief through hand made paper, affect and display. My research has been presented at national and international conferences in Prague, Czech Republic, Romania, Hong Kong, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Oxford and London in bereavement, pain, death without a body and in the Maternal. My  research has been exhibited in Calais, France, London, Southampton, Brighton, and Saskatoon, Canada. Residences in maternal art from Lenka Clayton on-line residence, Child Migrants Digital Artist Residence, Oxford and Interment with Linda Duvall, 'In the Hole', Saskatoon, Canada. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Honours (First Class) in Fashion & Textiles, Liverpool John Moores’ University, 1990; BTEC CEC Computer Animation in Art and 3-D Modelling, UCA, Epsom, 1994; PGCE (Fento) Greenwich University, 2006; Postgraduate Diploma in Managing Performance and Change; Strategy, Open University, 2010; MA in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, 2008; PhD Textiles School of Design RCA, 2018
  • Experience

  • Designer, Loewe S.A., Madrid, Barcelona, London 1988 - 1999; Animator, BBC White City, London 1997 - 1999; CG Supervisor, Animator, Stardust Entertainment, Animation, Berlin 1999 - 2001; Pathway Leader and Senior Lecturer: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 2002 - 2007; Senior Lecturer: Southampton University Winchester School of Art, Winchester, 2007 - 2008; Course Leader: Fashion Communication University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Epsom, 2008 - 2013,; Principal Lecturer: Fashion Communication, Fashion and Textiles, University of Brighton, 2013 – present
  • Exhibitions

  • ' LOSS' 4no large installations articulating bereavement with Professor Alice Kettle, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester 2012, West Sussex; 'Haptic Image' Work in Progress RCA Kensington Gulbenkian Gallery, London 2013; 'Momento Mori' and 'Tears', Curious Trail, West Norwood Cemetery, London 2013,; 'Haptic Lace 1 and 2' 2no A1 size Digital Prints, LACE1 part of the CRYSALIS Open Call Exhibition, Two large A1 installations at the Lace Museum, Calais, France, 2013 -2014; 'Momento Mori' Resin, Research Work in Progress RCA Kensington Gulbenkian Gallery, London, 2014,; 'Death Without a Body' (77no 10cm x 7cm Sleeping Bodies) Research Work in Progress RCA Kensington Gulbenkian Gallery, London 2015,; 'Edge of Grief I, II and III' in ‘Why would I Lie’ research biennale RCA Battersea, Dyson Building, London, 2015,; 'Hanging by a Thread', Research Work in Progress, RCA Kensington Gulbenkian Gallery, London, 2016,; September 2016 'Without a Body' (163 10cm x 7cm sleeping bodies), Gender Generation, RCA Dyson building, London, 2016,; January 2017 'Ripped Apart', Research Work in Progress, RCA Kensington, 5 Floor, London, 2017; March 2017 Site Fringe, Transgender Gender and Psychoanalysis, Draper Hall, London, 2017,; May 2017 Invited to join artist Linda Duvall ‘In a Hole’ six hours each day down a hole with Linda Duvall in Saskatoon, Canada, ‘PAVED’ Saskatoon, Canada, 2017, http://www.p; April 2018 Fragmentation: Embodied Materiality Royal College of Art Dyson Gallery, Battersea
  • Conferences

  • ‘Maternal Absorption’, Gender Generation RCA, presented paper and work selected for exhibition, September 8, 9 2016,; 'Into the Arts', University of Brighton, 15 July 2016 ,; 'Paper making workshop', DRS 2016 Conference, University of Brighton, June30, 2016; ‘Edge of Grief’, Death, Dying and Disposal 12, (DDD12) Romania, 3-6 September 2015; ‘Fashion in Death’, Fashion in Fiction: Style Stories and Transglobal Narratives: 2014, City University of Hong Kong, June 12 – 14, 2014; 'Beauty in Death', BEAUTY3, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, 13 – 15 September 2013; 'Research, Cognition and Practice', presented paper at Knowledge and Experience, Department of Humanities, University of Southampton, 10 July 2013; 'Pain in Bereavement', PAIN4, Michna Palace, Ujed, Mana Strana, Prague, Czech Republic, 9 - 12 May 2013
  • Publications

  • Jules Findley, 'Why Would I Lie?’ Images for Book, 2015, ISBN 978-1-910642-05-4 @lierca; Jules Findley, PhD by Design §3, Contribution published, 2016, ISSN: 2349 4678 online and ISSN: 2349 465X print,; Jules Findley, ‘Funeral Rites, Pain and Bereavement: A Study using Textile Art’, ‘PAIN without Boundaries’ published by ISBN 978-1-84888-316-1 Published chapter in book Section 111: Creating from Pain, 2015