Fiona Walmsley-Collins trained as registered nurse and worked in general surgery/medicine and psychiatry for 10 years before undertaking her higher education in the History of Design at Manchester Polytechnic. She obtained a 1st class honours degree.
Following a year’s gap from education, in which she lectured on various Art & Design related subjects, she undertook an MA at the Royal College of Art London. This was a joint course with the Victoria & Albert Museum MA (RCAV&A) based at the V&A. Her MA thesis Pragmatism and Pluralism: The Interior Design of the Queen Mary, 1928-1939 was published, as part of collection of essays, in Interior Design & Identity a Manchester University publication. Following her MA she undertook freelance work which included, lecturing, research and publication.
She moved into the world of regulation as one of HM Inspectors of Health & Safety and has 12 years’ experience. In her parallel Arts career she has been published, made a broadcast documentary and several, publicly screened, short films. She is currently working in textiles undertaking ‘house portrait and place’ commissions.
A short (nine minute) documentary, Not Sacks, by Fiona Walmsley-Collins, follows patchwork and quilting classes at HMP Wandsworth Prison. Please click here to view it.