Innovative Materials-Research for report


  • Clouds-interlocking fabric tiles to create residential interiors
  • Cork fabric- cork and elastane, thermal and energy reducing
  • Delight cloth- light emitting cloth, woven fibre optics
  • Eco leather tile- recycled leather and acacia tree bark
  • Freek- carpet with high UV stability, suited for outdoor use
  • NanoShpere- self cleaning fabric made from nanoparticles
  • Parameter- expandable three dimensional system used for wall partitions
  • Shutters- textile for environmental communication and control

Brownell, B. (Ed.) (2010). Transmaterial 3 . New York: Princeton Architectural press.

Brownell, B. (Ed.) (2010). Transmaterial 3 . New York: Princeton Architectural press.


The knitting and stitching show




I was so overwhelmed to be one of the selected few to represent my university at knit&stitch this year! I selected a range of both my hand and machine embroidery samples to showcase in order to show the range we offer, I was alongside other selected students that were equally passionate about their chosen specialism. I recieved a lot of positive feedback and  experience gained from talking to other exhibitors and visitors. As a student who often went to the knitting and stitching show as a visitor it was extremely exciting yet strange for me to attend as an exhibitor. 

Google workspace- research for report

Does Google’s workspace environment suggest that textiles can play a role in affecting the creativeness of its workers?

if so, textiles could play a psychological role in the future workplace.

Watch this clip for more of an insight into Google’s workspace!

Google link video BBC NEWS. (2008). Google your way to a wacky office. Retrieved from

Week 11- innovations in giving

Innovations in giving

As a person what can I give?

  • Time, possessions, advice, friendship, love.

As a designer what can I give?

  • Time, knowledge, advice, skill, technique, help.

If I could ‘give’ as both the designer and person does this make a difference, does it make it more personal?

There are different innovations in giving; the idea of the Gift exchange is non-monetary, whereas, the market economy is exchanging goods or a service for money or other commodities. As a designer I don’t just design to sell, I design because I’m passionate about what I do, however I do know that I want this as a career, which does mean to ‘give’ in this case will mean a monetary exchange. I’m interested in the idea of giving time, whether it may be volunteering, or fund raising, perhaps for a Craftivist organisation.

Week 10- Archival interventions

Archival Interventions

Where can I find archives? Museums, libraries, practitioners work, historical buildings, online etc. They can be structured, alphabetically, chronologically, historically, categorically or randomly, depending on the type of archive or who the archive belongs too. For example Andy Warhol’s time capsule has now been transformed into an online archive in which we can view the items within each box alongside a description of each. The idea of storing work for a long period of time and then being able to reflect upon it in the future is something I find really interesting.


Upcycling- Research for report

Upcycling is a sustainable method, a form of recycling waste materials for use in higher value goods (Saunier & Meganck, 2007) and has increasingly being used in textiles and other disciplines as a form of innovation and waste reduction.

Saunier, R.E. & Meganck, R.A. (2007). Dictionary & Introduction to global Environmental governance. UK and USA: Earthscan.

Week -9 – Sustainability


The idea of being ‘sustainable’ comes from the industrial revolution and the need to create products faster, cheaper and bigger in scale, which in turn impacts the environment, energy, power, workers and waste. What is unsustainable within design? Dying, is a major factor in the pollution of water, manufacturing causes many ethical issues in terms of cheap labour and the exploitation of workers, these are just a few of the examples of unsustainability within design.

In the design industry, the most damaging part of the design/product life cycle is the consumer use section, with clothing items being washed and re-washed over a long period of time, this is what effects the environment the most. How can this be changed? Is the solution to create short term clothing items with a short term life span, or will this affect the ‘end of life’ section of the product life cycle with a rise in throw away items? Each section of the design life cycle has elements that can be changed in order to make them more sustainable.

The idea of upcycling and recycling textiles is what intrigues me the most, it re-evaluates the idea that manufacturing could be reduced if we re-invented or manipulated already existing products. Artists such as Karen Jessen and Tara booth Mooney adopt this approach.  The idea of designing for empathy involves changing a piece of clothing for someone who already has a significant emotional attachment to that item, for example; modernising a wedding dress that has been passed down as a keepsake, or transforming a dress into a bag to make it more tangible or long-lasting.