Textile Futures Research Community

Blue Tree, Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury. Linda Florence and Robin Crowley, 2012.
Blue Tree, Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury by Linda Florence and Robin Crowley, 2012
Linda Florence and Robin Crowley

Textile Futures Research Community (TFRC) is a cross-college design-led and practice-based research group led by Professor Rebecca Earley and Anne Marr.

TFRC is a research community at the University of the Arts London, based at Central Saint Martins. We are a community of practice-based academic researchers who explore how materials and textiles can enable more inheritable futures.

Our research examines opportunities for textile and material developments through mulitple lenses: ranging from social to sustainable as well as technological and craft innovation. Our core research areas are: Urban Fabric, Weave Research Lab and Material Innovation.

Our community includes academic practitioners and reserachers based in the Textile Design department of Central Saint Martins: Philippa Brock, Linda Florence, Rebecca Hoyes, Anne Marr, Jo Pierce, Dr. Priti Veja.

Urban Fabric

Urban Fabric research investigates the connection between materials and society in order to develop sustainable socio-responsive textile solutions that empathise with city experiences and promote local ownership. Urban Fabrics researchers take a multi disciplined approach to textile development, with a focus on collaboration across industry and community. (Could include links to CSM Public Sixth Brach and Threads and Yarns projects)

Weave Research Lab

Process-led weave research in collaboration with industry through the investigation, testing and extension of the boundaries, capacity and attitudes to industrial weaving processes and equipment. (Could link to Weaving Futures blog text)

Material Innovation

Textile research utilises practice-led approaches to develop and design future materials through innovative making processes, sophisticated technical skills as well as experimental design methodologies. We are particularly interested in sustainable processes, ‘endangered’ craft skills, colour alchemy as well as inheritable future material development. (Could link to Some Like It Hot exhbition text)

We collaborate with local and global partners on a number of innovative knowledge exchange projects. We also act as consultants to develop sustainable design-driven strategies for the industry as well as the public sector.