Philippa Brock

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Woven Textiles Pathway Leader, BA Textile

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Brock is a woven textile designer, researcher and jacquard artist with a portfolio practice. She is Pathway Leader of woven textiles at Central Saint Martins College, UAL. Brock also set up, designed and is editor of The Weave Shed - a free share resource and blog for professional weavers.

Brocks work ranges from designing textiles for the fashion and interiors industry, research into innovative digital jacquard & shaft weaving production methods, e-textiles/smart textile development, through to exhibiting woven jacquard textiles internationally. The Crafts Council has obtained works from the ‘Nobel Textiles’ research project for their permanent collection.

Brocks research investigates potential innovation within the industrial digital power loom woven jacquard processes. Dependant on various commissioned projects the research outputs are varied, but as a common theme, Brock has developed ‘on loom’ finishing methods which are both 2D /3D, the resultant prototypes requiring only scouring and stentering. This research poses the hypothesis that previously finished surface effects i.e. post woven embellishments (pleating, embroidery etc) can be achieved at the earlier weaving stage.

Her most recent exhibitions have included a solo exhibition at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (2012) and a group exhibition Digital Jacquard: Mythologies(2013) which opened in Hong Kong and is now touring in China at the Shenzhen Modern Design Museum and The China National Silk Museum Hangzhou.

Brock recently set up The Houndstooth Project, a textile and materials research atelier with colleague Jo Pierce.

Research interests

Woven Textiles, digital jacquard, 2D/3D woven methods, shaft weaving, e/smart textiles (Integrated woven textile circuits, woven switches, woven sensors, woven stretch sensors, communication wear), digital industrial power loom innovation methods, yarn developments, sustainability, ‘ on loom’ textile yarn and weave structural engineering, ‘on loom’ finishing techniques.

Research statement

Investigation into the Development of Design-Led, integrated woven textile circuits, switches and sensors (textiles systems). Alongside the existing ongoing research, new research (commenced 2004) investigates the design and production of conductive woven fabrics, which can be used in conjunction with electronic components.

Researching, both the suitability for electronic function (of both yarns and resultant construction) and the aesthetics of these fabrics for use within a fashion/clothing/interior end use. Initial prototypes developed and applied into garment construction and tested, include, textile pressure/touch sensors, textile stretch sensors, textile heat pad, textile galvanic skin response sensor and textile circuits for both power and data. The potential for patenting is presently being investigated. The initial developments have been part of a joint research project with Sharon Baurley and Andrew Moore.

Selected research outputs