Adjunct Associate Professor
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
Wendy is a fashion educator with 25 years experience. Prior to her employment as a lecturer at QUT in 2002, she worked in the fashion industry and taught in vocational education (TAFE) and the combined experience of working in both systems has led to the development and refinement of a number of innovative teaching methods.
Prior to the introduction in 2002 of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Fashion program at QUT, she was invited by QUT (2001) to shape and develop the course curricula. It was an opportunity to draw on her knowledge and expertise to combine existing effective unit content with new, dynamic material, and as a result a cohesive program structure that was aligned and competitive with fashion degree programs in the UK.
Fashion design education revolves around a series of tensions:
- between the head and the hands, the analytical and expressive
- between abstract concepts and three-dimensional outcomes
- between risk (novelty) and safety (a supportive learning environment).
Wendy Armstrong is a gifted teacher who has developed a unique pedagogical approach to solving these tensions.
Students can take control of the learning process, building confidence and skills at an accelerated rate, through the development of:
- interactive learning technologies
- a half-scale pattern system
- digital pattern library
- concept-led projects.
For Wendy, these methods provide valuable information about individual student learning styles, which in turn ensures that each student has access to guidance and technical support to strengthen their skill bases.
As students acquire knowledge through the early development of basic patternmaking techniques and garment construction, there is a sense of achievement and a shift of focus to an emphasis on creativity.
Wendy's visionary approach to teaching foregrounds openness to experimentation and innovation and recognises different learning styles, personalities and design aesthetics.
- 2007: Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence
- 2005: Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (Team)
- 2005: Dean's Award for Excellence in teaching
- 1998: Australia Day award (DETIR) 'Individual award for Service to Industry', 1998.
Fashion, employment in textile, clothing and footwear industry, pattern-making, technical product manufacturing
Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Advanced Diploma of Fashion (Technical & Further Education)