Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Where Theory and Practice Meet… or not

“Where Theory and Practice Meet… or not”

A few years ago, I had the following brief conversation with a postgraduate student:

JH: How is your thesis progressing?

Student: I’m finished.

JH: Congratulations!

Student: I just need to add the theory bit.

I have recounted this story with a wry smile to many academic colleagues in the years since it took place, often in conversations about the fraught relationship of theory to practice within the academic models I can claim as familiar. The student I quote did not intend to be humorous, nor do I think they were particularly interested in testing my patience. In fact, I have begun to reflect on their honesty and have come to the conclusion that I am something of the fraud…

(image credit home page Lenor Antunes)