Deborah White

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Deborah White is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded PhD researcher at the Belfast School of Art and a hand-loom damask weaver and designer of twenty-seven years. She has woven for dignitaries and institutions across the globe, including Presidents Nelson Mandela and Mary Mc Aleese, HRH Prince Andrew and Herteford House, home of the famous Wallace Collection. Her work has been recognised by The Heritage Crafts Association, The Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers and The Textile Society, while her PhD research has won awards from the Thomas Dammann Memorial Trust and The Irish Georgian Society's Desmond Guinness Scholarship. She has published in 'History Ireland', TEXT and The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and has a paper due in the 'Riggisberg Berichte', the journal of the world-leading textile museum, the Abegg-Stiftung. She is to give a paper on Irish linen damask at Kensington Palace's conference on the Georgian Court, which is designed to compliment their exhibition 'Crown to Couture'.

Current and Recent Grants

The Thomas Damman Jr Memorial Trust Award

Irish Georgian Society Desmond Guinness Scholarship

PhD Researcher Profile

HEA Associate Fellowship

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Textiles and Fashion Design

1 Sept 199127 Jun 1994

Award Date: 27 Jun 1994

External positions

Consultant, National Museum of Ireland

14 Dec 2021 → …

P/T Academic Tutor Constructed Textiles, Ulster Univresity

1 Oct 19951 Jun 1997

Master Weaver

4 Oct 199415 Sept 2020


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