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Thomas Cubbin

Avd-/Sektionschef, Inst

HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

Senior Lecturer

The Design and Crafts Steneby
Visiting address
Hemslöjdsvägen 1
66695 Dals Långed
Postal address
Hemslöjdsvägen 1
66695 Dals Långed

About Thomas Cubbin

Tom Cubbin is a design historian and educator at HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design. He is currently head of the The Design and Crafts Unit at Steneby in Dals Långed, located in the region of Dalsland.

Tom holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and an MA in History of Design from the Royal Collage of Art in London, where he has also worked as a lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies.

Tom has a background in Russian and Soviet history, and his book Soviet Critical Design (Bloomsbury, 2019) charts the development artistic design research in the late Soviet Union. His current research project Crafting Desire: An international design history of gay male fetish making (Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2019-2022) is a case study that explores the formation of communities of craft practice within sexual subcultures. Both projects encompass Tom’s broad interest in questions relating to designerly experimentation and artistic freedom that span the hand-crafted to mass-made.

In his previous role, Tom worked closely with education in the BA and MA programmes in the Design Unit at HDK-Valand in Gothenburg, where he was responsible for introducing design studies to the curriculum.

He also co-supervises Gustav Thane, who is undertaking a doctoral degree in craft.