Work on display: Textile Design
Textiles are ubiquitous. They clothe and protect us, from jeans to spacesuits. We sleep, sit and step on them. We are in almost constant interaction with textiles of some sort. They hold meaning historically and culturally. They can communicate and we communicate through them. They can be sacred. They can be smart. They can be whatever you want them to be.
When we work with students we lay down the foundations of the design process from in-depth research, through experimental development, to finessed outcomes. Core skills in traditional processes such as knitting and screen printing feature alongside digital technologies and emerging smart materials. We set students challenging briefs that address societal issues, pushing them to consider how they, as material designers, can design solutions to issues around materials, production and consumer culture.
We do not focus on trend but rather allow students to explore projects that help them develop a portfolio geared to their individual plans and aspirations. By their final year we see an exciting breadth of work that demonstrate the practical craft skills and design thinking approach that students have developed throughout their time with us. Projects cover the interior environment, commercial and domestic, the body, education, health and wellbeing, material research and much more. This year themes around material use, circular economy and conscious consumption are prevalent.
These final projects draw on our graduands’ experiences and reflect their dreams for the future. They deserve the warmest of congratulations for producing such a beautiful body of work.
Co Programme Director
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