Project duration: 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2022
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Bio-inspired Textiles (BIT) is a research project that helps textile designers to create more sustainable designs because they are informed by biology. This research explores 7 biological structural design elements found in the natural world that can be applied to combat resource efficiency, longevity, and recovery.
A textile designer’s toolbox is already full of creative methods such as knitting, weaving, stitching, pleating and many more. If we already hold the tools, we now need to be informed and inspired by nature to find circular design solutions.
Bio-Inspired Textiles project is:
- an interdisciplinary research project combining biology, materials science, and textile design disciplines
- exploring the potential of applying seven biological design structures to textile design practices
- working with students, practitioners, and industry to explore how bio-informed textiles can be used for circular design
- Principal Investigator: Dr Veronika Kapsali
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Cathryn Anneka Hall