I am a designer and researcher specialising in fashion, textiles, technology and sustainability. I have extensive industry experience as a designer and have worked in fashion textiles, print and embroidery design for companies such as Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Jonathan Saunders and Burberry. I have significant expertise in the creation of traditional and advanced smart textile techniques, and I am excited by the potential of new technologies and interdisciplinary approaches that can create new sustainable ways of working in fashion and textiles.
I have been working as a Research Assistant at the University of the Arts London at both the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, and at Textile Environment Design (TED) Research Centre, Chelsea College of Arts. I have worked on a number of research projects in the area of sustainability and design for the circular economy where I have gained a knowledge of advanced sustainable processes and concepts that contribute to new knowledge outcomes, systems and thinking.
I have engaged in new types of collaborative practice, working on research and design projects with technology companies, scientists, researchers and designers.
I am currently enrolled in the MA Academic Practice teaching course at the University of the Arts London. I am taking this course to further develop my career in teaching, and to develop and push boundaries in pursuing new contemporary thinking and best practice in education.
- February 2014 – present
Research Assistant, London College of Fashion, UAL
Project FIRE: Online digital platform that aims to connect designers and academics together to inspire innovation and collaborations (launched Dec 2015). AHRC funded.
Roles involve: research in specific subject areas, developing online platform and digital research tools, mapping and visualisations, assisting with talks/workshops, creating editorial content for website and blog, posting to social media channels to engage and build the FIRE community, monitoring site front and backend, and monitoring success through analytics/stats, developing the site strategy with our digital agency partners, contributing to reports, dissemination and funding bids.
- August 2015 – present
Research Assistant, TED, Chelsea College of Arts, London
Worked on two EU-funded research projects, Trash-2-Cash, and Mistra 2. Projects collaboratively aim to design high-value products from zero-value waste textiles and fibres via design driven technologies with multidisciplinary team of designers, scientists, researchers, manufacturers and SMEs.
At TED I have assisted in delivering learning practice and research workshops for BA and MA textile students.
I am currently organising a conference called Circular Transitions that is taking place in November 2016. The event will bring together academic and industry research concerned with designing for a circular future, and will be the first ever global event looking at designing fashion textiles for the circular economy. The two day conference will see significant contributions made to the emerging circular fashion culture.
Roles involve: research and design for the curation and concept development of the exhibition, presentations and sponsorship packs for the conference as well as contacting key stakeholders for funding and collaborative partnerships.
- April 2016
Visiting Practitioner – Adhocism Project, Chelsea College of Arts, London
Headed up a round table with BA textile students. Each student presented their project work to the group, I then led a discussion about their work and sustainability approaches and issues. We discussed ways to make better design choices.
- July 2015 – December 2015
Research Assistant, London College of Fashion, UAL
Collaborative project on ‘New Business Models in the Design Economy, Enabling the designer fashion community to understand and adopt technologies that lead to new economic models in the Digital Economy’. Worked in collaboration with AAM to run a workshop with 25 researchers and designers to explore and discuss the opportunities for new ways of thinking and the emerging potential for new economic models informed by our research. Funded by NEMODE.
- November 2015
Teaching Assistant, Chelsea College of Arts, London
Assisted in developing, creating ideas, and delivering learning practice and research workshops for MA Textile Design students on a TED research project. The workshops explored the effects of the speed of cycles on design and material/process decisions, and focused on making real material samples and prototypes in order to allow idea generation, group knowledge sharing, and communication skills.
- March – August 2014
Research Assistant, Philips and Northumbria University, London and Holland
Research Assistant at P3i Design:STEM Interactive Studio Laboratory, Northumbria University. I worked as part of a team on a ‘deep dive’ project for Philips. This was a research and design-led project that interrogated intelligent material solutions for future ways of living. I worked in collaboration with scientists and technologists to design and develop working prototypes that were presented to Philips. We developed significant knowledge about intrinsic material properties, soft structures, sensors and actuators.
- December 2013
Assistant Producer, Wearable Futures, Ravensbourne University, London
Worked as an Assistant producer for two day conference on smart materials and wearable tech. Roles involved: project management, research (technology, people and news) to define what was important in this area, writing for the website, presenting speakers, curating the exhibition space, managing the ‘Futures 10’ event.
- March 2013 – Ongoing
Knowing Your Skin, self-directed project, London
Lead researcher and designer on textile-based social intervention project concerned with skin and our relationship to the sun, in collaboration with two scientists. Roles involve: designing art installation, project management, analysis of qualitative and quantitative data gathered from the exhibition.
- December 2007 - Ongoing
Freelance embroidery and print designer
Design for private clients: embroidery and print, concept through to production. Work with embroidery suppliers in London, Paris and India and screen and digital print companies in UK.
- May 2011 – December 2011
Embellishment Design Assistant, Fitriani, London
Responsible for embroidery, print and jacquard design and creation.
- March – April 2011 and Feb – Oct 2008
Print Design Assistant, Alexander McQueen, London
Designed prints, embroideries, knits, lace, jacquards and created leather techniques, and helped prepare research and fabric presentation boards. Other responsibilities included drawing numerous artworks, organising fabrics, preparation for Paris Fashion Week, and managing the team of interns.
- June 2010
Embroidery Designer, Givenchy, Paris
Designed embroideries for the Autumn/Winter 2010/11 collection
- February 2010
Embroidery Designer, Jonathan Saunders, London
Embroidery designer for the Autumn/Winter 2010 collection
- February 2008 – February 2009
Designer, Oxfam, London
Designed and produced 19 dresses using recycled clothes and fabrics (SS/08), sold for the launch of Oxfam boutiques. Selected press: Saturday and Sunday Times Style magazines, Stella (The Telegraph Magazine), The Guardian, The London Paper, and Elle Magazine. Designed and produced a range for AW/08 and SS/09 which were shown at a fashion show for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion in October 2008.
- August – September 2007
Designer, Shared Talent Community Project, South Africa
Collaborated with African craft women to help overcome economic disadvantages. Designed and produced accessories for South Africa Fashion week.
- Presence, Paris Exhibited art piece created in collaboration with a neuroscientist and interaction designer.
- Burberry, London Product Fabric Development and International Sales.
- Anna Sui, New York Worked with design team to prepare the collection for New York Fashion Week.
- 2016 – ongoing
MA Academic Practice
University of the Arts London
Taking in individual units – Unit 1 passed with an A-
- 2005 – 2007
BA Fashion Design Technology – Surface Textiles.
London College of Fashion, UAL
1st Class Hons
Foundation Studies, Art & Design
London College of Fashion, UAL
- 2010 – 2011
Haute couture embroidery
Ecole Lesage, Paris
Research: Practice-led and theory based research methodologies, data collection and analysis.
Embroidery: Professionally trained in Parisian haute couture embroidery. Technical knowledge of stitches, tambour beading, goldwork, industrial textile machines and software - Wilcom (embroidery) and Ethos (laser cut).
Print: Screen print and digital print from design to production. In-depth knowledge of constructed textiles: woven, jacquard, knit, lace, fabric manipulation & dyeing.
Art and design: R&D, creating fabric presentations and mood boards. Hand drawing and painted artworks.
IT skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office, Wordpress.
Other: Spoken French. Good oral and visual communication skills and leadership experience within a team. I recently took a course over a 4 month period at City Lit in public speaking which greatly improved my oral presentation skills.