Linda Sandino Biography

Oral history in progress, Elzea Table, Photographer: Linda Sandino.

Name: Linda Sandino

Role: CCW, University of the Arts/V&A Oral History Senior Research Fellow

Background and Research Interests

As Keeper of the Camberwell College of Arts/V&A Senior Research Fellow in Oral History working on life histories of curators in the decorative arts and design at museums over the last 25-30 years. I graduated from the V&A/RCA MA in 1991, specialising in the representation of crafts and the applied arts in the magazine Crafts. Since completing the MA, I have taught principally at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. As Keeper of the Camberwell/ILEA Collection of Design and Craft, my research and teaching continued to concentrate on this area with a recent shift into Oral History after completing over 50 extensive life history recordings for the National Life Story Collection at the The British Library National Sound Archive interviewing artists, architects, craftspeople, and designers such as Peter Blake, Peter Collingwood, Terence Conran, Rodney Fitch, and the founders of the design group Pentagram. In 2005 I was a selected particpant at the Advanced Summer Institute of the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California at Berkeley. At Camberwell, I established the Voices in the Visual Arts oral history project (VIVA) and am currently also the Design History Society’s Oral History Project Officer. My current PhD research is on oral history, narrative identity and narrative research methods. I have supervised two PhDs to completion: Diego Masera - Eco-Production: Sustainable product development in small furniture enterprises in the Purepecha region of Mexico, PhD. Royal College of Art, 1998; and Christopher Jordan - Steering Taste: Ernest Marsh, A Study of Private Collecting in the Early Twentieth Century, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 2007.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming chapter: ‘Artists-in-Progress: Narrative identity of the Self as Another. Beyond Narrative Coherence. M. Hyvarinen (ed), Amsterdam: John Benjamins Pubs.

Essay ‘Field Notes’ in S. Olding (ed) Urban Field, Farnham: Crafts Study Centre.
‘Chapter: ‘Crafts for Crafts Sake’ in J. Aynsley & K. Forde (eds) Design and the Modern Magazine, University of Manchester Press.

Co-editor and Author, Journal of Design History v17/3. 'Dangerous Liaisons: Relationships between Design, Craft and Art’ pp207-19; also 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Transient Materiality in Contemporary Cultural Artefacts’, pp. 283-93.

Essay, 'Studio Jewellery: Mapping the Absent Body', in: The Persistence of Craft, ed P. Greenhalgh, London/New Brunswick: A&C Black/Rutgers University Press.


‘Talking Pictures’. International Oral History Association Conference, University of Guadalajara, Mexico, 23-26 September. ISBN 1978-607-450-000-4 Centre for Narrative Research/LSE Gender Institute, ‘Visual and/or Oral Narratives’, 12 February.

‘Relating Process: Accounts of influence in the life history interview’: Symposium ‘Did Hans Namuth Kill Jackson Pollock? The Problem of Documenting the Creative Process’. 28 April, 2007.
Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL. [Pub Journal of Visual Arts Practice 6.3 2008].

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Panel convenor ‘Networks of Association: Oral History and Design History’: Networks of Design, DHS conference, Sept. 2-6, Falmouth University College.

Symposium: co-organiser. ‘In the fold: arts and narrative’, Centre for Narrative Research, UEL/International Centre for Fine Art Research, University of the Arts London.

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