Jen Franklin has taught for many years on a range of undergraduate, FE and short courses at UAL as well as in gallery and community education settings.
She was part of the initial team who developed subject specialist Academic Support on the Foundation Course at CCW and has worked in many Outreach and Widening Participation programmes. She has several years of experience of leading specialisms and team management and is currently Senior Lecturer and Year 3 Leader on the BA Illustration Course at Camberwell.
For ten years previous to becoming an educator Franklin worked internationally as a trend forecaster and ideas developer in design, with a specialisation in colour forecasting and textiles, before selling artwork and objects directly clients and licensing imagery. She ran her own shop for two years in the East End of London which sold a range of original artwork and antique and found objects.
Clients and trade fairs have included Urban Outfitters, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Elphicks, Victor Wynd Fine Art, House of Fairy Tales, Pantone, View on Textiles, Premier Vision, Artwords bookshop, Bookartbookshop and Christies Multiplied, in addition to a range of private clients and manufacturers. Work has included designing large-scale installations for fashion, textiles and sports trade fairs; curation; editorial; self-publishing; creating editions; licensing images and writing for trade magazines.
She studied professional writing at postgraduate level and is currently carrying out practice based research exploring the theme of ambiguity in art education. Her teaching practice also explores themes of authorship, writing and social justice.