Dip.Tap., LSDC, BGS



BGS, Thompson Rivers University, 2011.

LSDC, The Society of Dyers and Colorists, 2008.

Diploma, Tapestry Weaving, West Dean College, Sussex, England, 1976.

"Making is knowing. I believe in the creative learning potential of serious play, and in the deep, intellectual knowledge of the skilled maker."


Anthea Mallinson (BGS, Thompson Rivers University, 2011) is a textile artist whose foundational training established her life-long belief in the knowledge of the maker, the intellectual development achieved through the practice of hands-on skills in an educational environment. She participated in the field of textile arts as a tapestry artist, project manager, events organizer and teacher throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1997, Mallinson embarked on a career as a textile artist in Vancouver's burgeoning film industry. She quickly became well established as a key textile artist on large budget films and TV productions in Vancouver.

Mallinson, who has been teaching at the post secondary level since 1988, helped develop the Costuming for Stage and Screen Diploma program at Capilano University in 2000. Continuing to work as head of department on film productions as well as part time teacher, she set up a cooperative textile arts studio in 2004, the studio consults with and works on up to 70 productions per year.

Mallinson has been following the recent academic blossoming in the field of textiles and specifically costuming. She has participated as a speaker in the Society of Cinema and Media Studies in 2013 and at the inaugural Fashion, Costume and Visual Culture in 2018. She has applied focus on the crossover between computer generated imagery and practical textiles. Her conceptual focus is two-fold: the narrative content of costumes and textiles and the creative, interpretive cultural exchange within the crafts studios of the film industry.

As a teacher, I like to acknowledge and support the unique skill sets, learning styles and potential that every student brings to their program of studies.

My field, the field of textiles, is full of dualities: fantastic and practical; ubiquitous and invisible; narrative and utilitarian; historical and contemporary; applied and academic.

My teaching focus is on the acquisition of applied skills supported by and supporting the development of a skilled intellect, problem solver and thinker. Especially in the contemporary field of costuming, textile arts is multidisciplinary and inventive, and an exciting field in which to work and teach.