Portrait of  Jade Whitson-Smith Jade Whitson-Smith

j.e.whitson-smith@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472056


Jade is a lecturer in textiles and joined the University in 2013. Jade has previously worked for the University of Leeds, and as a designer for the brand Antiform. Jade’s process specialism is knitted textiles, and her research interests lie broadly within sustainable fashion and textiles. Prior to working at the University Jade has delivered textiles workshops for high profile clients such as Global Cool, Yorkshire Water and the Everything Must Go exhibition held in London’s Oxo Tower.

Research and Scholarship

Jade is currently working towards her PhD exploring our relationships with the clothes within our wardrobes. This research was presented at the Design Academy conference in 2013.

Aside from her PhD research Jade is also involved in exploring sustainability through engaging people with alternative fashion practices. She sits on the board for Leeds Community Clothes Exchange, one of the biggest and most successful swaps in the UK.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Rigby, E., Whitson-Smith, J. and Harrison, L.(2017) The Laundry Pile: Meanings and Mundanities of Everyday Life [Show/Exhibition]

Whitson-Smith, J (2017) ‘Self selection of six items in audit categories’. In: Opening up the Wardrobe: A Methods Book. Oslo: Novus. . ISBN 978-82-7099-893-7

Whitson-Smith, J (2017) ‘Clothes Exchange Waste Audit’. In: Opening up the Wardrobe: A Methods Book. Oslo: Novus. . ISBN 978-82-7099-893-7


Whitson-Smith, J (2016) ‘A dematerialised approach to fashion design’. In: Circular Transitions, 23rd - 24th November 2016, Tate Modern

Whitson-Smith, J (2016) ‘Do we need to change minds to change garment use behaviour?’. In: The Emperor's New Clothes, 8th September 2016, University of Leeds

Taylor, M. and Whitson-Smith, J. (2016) ‘Appropriation, ephemera and the transformation of waste’. In: Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities : Conference Proceedings. : Association of Fashion and Textile Courses. . ISBN 978-1911217084

Whitson-Smith, J (2016) Fabric focus: advice on refreshing garments without washing them [Video]


Whitson-Smith, J (2015) ‘Laundry HabitsJournal of Design Strategies: Alternative Fashion Systems , 7.


Whitson-Smith, J (2013) ‘How can understanding consumer behaviour make fashion more sustainable?’. In: Crafting the Future: 10th European Academy of Design Conference, 17-19th April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden


Whitson-Smith, J. and Harrison, L. (2012) ‘Mending Fashion: How can we engage the wider community of fashion consumers?’. In: Mendrs Symposium, July 2012, Lake District, UK

Whitson-Smith, J (2012) ‘The potential of the fashion designer to reduce consumer’s textiles waste’. In: Everything must go: Talking Rubbish, January 2012, Oxo Tower, London


Whitson-Smith, J (2010) Knit Happens [Show/Exhibition]

Teaching and Professional Activities

First Year Tutor for Textiles Practice

TFD1322: Introduction to Materials and Processes (Module Leader & Knit specialism)
TFD1323: Introduction to Professional Practice (Module Leader & Commercial Designer)

TID1331: Advanced Materials and Processes (Knit specialism)
TID1335: Creative Professional Practice (Designer Maker)
TID1334: Ethical and Theoretical Studies (Textiles Ecology)

THD1369: Textiles with Surface Design Research and Development
THD1360: Textiles with Surface Design Technical Module
THD1341: Textiles with Surface Design Final Major project