Portrait of  Jenny Lee Jenny Lee

j.lee@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472017


Jenny joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012 as a Lecturer teaching Digital Design, Smart Materials & Technology.

After obtaining a first class honours degree in Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University, a course, that focuses on material innovation and craftsmanship, she then went on to study an MA in Textile Futures at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts, London, a course that places value on re-shaping our future environments through challenging perceptions, pushing innovation and hybrid design through the cross-fertilisation of multidisciplinary platforms. Since graduating Jenny has exhibited her work widely, speaking at various events and carry out workshops that challenges the future of textiles.

Jenny is a designer, a researcher and co-founder of the innovative design collective POSTextiles. She continuously tracks key innovations, trends and cultural developments that will impact design thinking across all disciplines. Influenced by the principles of ‘co-design’ Jenny has forged various collaborative partnerships with key industry players, as she believes to find creative and viable solutions, involves working with individuals and organisations from different fields. As such she has worked in partnership with Scientists, Technologists, Botanists, Engineers, which has facilitated fresh, innovative insight through the fabrication of thought-provoking outputs.

Working across all areas within the creative and business industry, Jenny has a keen interest and knowledge within the fields of science, technology, social anthropology and craftsmanship. Previous organisations she has worked with include Holition, Visage Technologies, Queen Mary University in London, UEA, Matches Fashion, Jotta & the V&A. The hybrid approach of her practice is grounded in aesthetic sensibilities and inherent codes of human design, which has inspired the cultivation of original ideas that make tangible the most poignant of our social, ethical and environmental futures.

Research and Scholarship

I am intrigued by scientific development, technological innovations and the contradictory nature of being human, how these particular drivers can influence changes within a social and future context. Although we are moving towards a technological future, human nature dictates there will still be a greater need for the tangible; flavours, textures and poetic imagery that stimulates and awaken our senses, enabling us to connect on a deeper and more meaningful level. As society evolves, the demands of our lifestyles and our ever-changing landscapes, will require society to re-adjust and adapt to this growing environment. As such i believe that the role of a designer/researcher, will take on many forms. A provocateur willing to challenge ideals and stimulate debates, a visionary to inspire and stir the imagination, or a futurologist, seeking new tools and methodologies to design for a better future.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Lee, J (2015) Material Alchemy . Amsterdam, Netherlands: BIS Publshers. ISBN 9789063693763

Lee, J (2015) Craft industrialism [Show/Exhibition]


Abel, A., Congdon, A., Chieza, N., Lee, J., Martinez, L., Ribul, M. and Rouillon, M. (2014) ‘Industry Pioneers’. In: Industry Pioneers Conference, 19th November 2014, Nottingham, UK

Congdon, A., Abel, A. and Lee, J.(2014) Quanticare: We Already Live in the Future: 7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival [Show/Exhibition]

Congdon, A., Abel, A. and Lee, J.(2014) Quanticare [Show/Exhibition]

Congdon, A., Abel, A. and Lee, J.(2014) Quanticare:The International Synthetic Biology Festival [Show/Exhibition]

Lee, J (2014) Plausible, implausible [Show/Exhibition]

Lee, J (2014) Surface Design Show [Show/Exhibition]

Lee, J (2014) Maison & objet [Show/Exhibition]


Lee, J (2013) ‘Wearable Futures’. In: Wearable Futures, 10th-11th December 2013, London, UK

Lee, J (2013) London Design Festival [Show/Exhibition]


Lee, J (2012) ‘Co-Creation: Consumer as producer’. In: Creative Works: Ideas Pool Information Event – Co-Creation: Consumer as Producer, 20th November 2012, London, UK

Lee, J (2012) Johanssen Gallery [Show/Exhibition]

Lee, J., Congdon, A. and Abel, A. (2012) Quanticare: international genetically engineered machine (in collaboration with NRP-UEA) [Artefact]

Lee, J (2012) Subtle technologies [Show/Exhibition]

Lee, J (2012) ‘LVMH CSM Future of Tradition’. In: LVMH CSM Future of Tradition Event, March 29th, 2012, LVMH House, 15 St George Street Mayfair, London

Lee, J (2012) Kinetica Art Fair 2012 [Show/Exhibition]

Lee, J (2012) Interiors UK [Show/Exhibition]

Research Degree Supervision

I am willing to supervise on the following areas related to my current research activity:

Smart Textiles
Trend Forecasting
Transdisciplinary projects working across different sectors (design, engineering, science, technology etc)

Enterprise Activities

2011 – 2012 – Exploring the Future of Health Care and the Ethical Implications of Synthetic Biology in Collaboration with NRP-UEA, Amy Congdon & Ann-Kristin Abel
iGEM or ‘the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition’ is a worldwide undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Each team is “given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells.” Quanticare is a project developed in partnership between designers Ann-Kristin Abel, Amy Congdon and Jenny Lee, and the 2012 NRP-UEA iGEM team, with the aim of exploring the ethical implications of Synthetic Biology. The collaboration allowed the team to think about the wider context of their lab work and to explore what potential new materials and techniques they could be using in the future.

2010 – 2011 – Exploring 3D Technologies in collaboration with Holition, Leaders in Augmented Retail
This project seeks to critically engage the public to question the future implications of how we choose to utilise science and technology in the future.

2009 – 2010 – Designing with Living Organisms in collaboration with Dr Ruth Rose at Queen Mary University in London
the project aims to explore human interactions, how we can utilise textiles as an interface to enhance human connectivity and wellbeing on a more poignant and tangible level.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • CAD
  • Future Materials
  • Design and Trends knowledge
  • Innovation & Future-Thinking
  • Professional Practice