Research Centre Leader: Dr Tracy Cassidy

The Centre for Textile Thinking focuses upon four key areas: Science and technology, sustainable futures, craftsmanship and the handmade, enterprise and business engagement. The Centre is composed of creative practitioners, textile historians and technicians all of whom are committed to the creation and dissemination of high quality research in textiles at University of Huddersfield. The Centre promotes the development of practice led research as well as traditional theoretical approaches and supports a growing research culture through conferences, production of artefacts, patents, exhibitions and publications. Textile thinking has inspired and evolved our relationships with materials, space and form. The Centre aims to explore the future of textiles and surfaces within different industries, education and creative contexts.

Key emerging themes within the Centre include:

Science and Technology 
Exploring the mechanical origins of textile design and production; the Surface Materials sector is now one of the fastest-developing and innovative areas in the manufacturing sector.

Sustainable Futures
For several years we have been warned about the impending resources scarcity such as water, land and fuel. The textiles industry has been identified as an industry with an immense footprint in terms of environmental and social impact.

Craft and the Handmade
In recent years, the revival of the ‘hand-made’ has gained currency within the cultural and creative industries. From traditional economies of ‘doing-by-hand’ to new technologically-informed modes of making, ‘craft’ is exercising its diverse skills and practices on a global and local scale, for different causes, initiatives and audiences.

Enterprise and Business Engagement 
Focusing upon the bridge between higher education and the creative industries, exploring diverse topics and insights that take the enterprising future of the industry or the businesses of the textile and surface sector as focus.

The Centre comprises research-active teaching staff, including Professors, Readers, Research Fellows and Assistants. In addition, the Centre incorporates undergraduate and postgraduate student projects. Research projects, events and outputs manifest themselves in various ways, from individual stand-alone projects to formal research groups and informal groupings around areas of common interest.

For more information on postgraduate taught courses within Art and Design view our Art and Design Postgraduate Guide

Taught Masters Programmes offered within the centre include:

Fashion Textile Practices MA

International Fashion Management MA

The Temporary Contemporary mission is to examine and expand visual culture across the community of Huddersfield

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