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Lecturer in Fine Art, Loughborough University

Eleanor Morgan is a Lecturer in Fine Art and the author of ‘Gossamer Days: Spiders, humans and their threads’ (Strange Attractor Press, 2016) which examines the history of the human uses of spider silk, from royal underwear in Europe to sticky silk tunics in the South Pacific. As an artist she uses printmaking, drawing, performance, sculpture and video to examine materials and processes of making across species. This has included making a diamond from the dead creatures of the River Thames, serenading a spider and rubbing fish. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as Jerwood Space, Standpoint Gallery, dOCUMENTA(13) and Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver.

Eleanor carried out her doctoral studies at the Slade School of Fine Art and the UCL Department of Anthropology. She has been awarded funding from the AHRC, The Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Institute of British Architects and Artquest.


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    Lecturer in Fine Art, Loughborough University