Portrait of  Helen Ryall Helen Ryall

h.l.ryall@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472532


After working in industry as a menswear designer, I followed my great interest into digital design and textiles and began a PhD at the University of Huddersfield. I completed my PhD entitled ‘An Exploration of Digital Technology over a Number of Manipulated Textile Surfaces’ in September 2010. I took a Senior Lecturer post in January 2007 in digital design and printed textiles for the BA/BSc (Hons) Textile Practice.

Research and Scholarship

PhD Title: ‘An Exploration of Digital Technology over a Number of Manipulated Textile Surfaces’

My PhD research highlights some of the innovative possibilities with applying a hand crafted approach to ink jet technology for textiles, it demonstrate the control of colour, resist effects and the sensitivity of design which can be achieve using these new processes. This research investigated a crafted approach to digital design, as well discussing the potential for reproducing the complex textile craft techniques and digital resist effects generated in this work, using CAD and ink jet technology. I have already presented this research at a number of international conferences, and will continue to exhibit and present with my complete research findings.

My research interests in to a crafted approach to digital textile print technology are continuing to be developed through under and post graduate teaching, with the future interest of setting up and business enterprise linked with the University of Huddersfield.

Research areas: Digital Print Technology, Surface Design, Material Investigation, Trend Forecasting and 3D Visualisations.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Ryall, H. and Macbeth, P. (2016) ‘The digital print room - a bespoke approach to print technology’. In: Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. . ISBN 978-1472532046


Calvert, S., Power, J., Bills, P. and Ryall, H. (2014) ‘Digital 3D Reconstruction of Historical Textile Fragment’. In: Transition: Re-thinking Textiles and Surfaces, 26th-27th November 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Calvert, S., Ryall, H., Power, J. and Bills, P. (2014) ‘Digital 3D reconstruction of historical textile fragment’. In: Proceedings of The 89th Textile Institute World Conference. Wuhan, China: The Textile Institute. pp. 846-850. ISBN 9781510840782

Calvert, S., Power, J., Ryall, H. and Bills, P. (2014) ‘Reconstructing textile heritageJournal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 415-425. ISSN 1753-5190


Ryall, H. and Macbeth, P. (2011) ‘The Digital Print Room – A bespoke approach to print technology’. In: Textiles Research in Process:TRIP 2011, 16th-17th November 2011, Loughborough, UK , pp. 1-19


Woodget, H., Macbeth, P., Annable, R. and Pearson, J. (2005) ‘The commercial realisation of complex textile craft techniques by CAD and inkjet printing’. In: ARCHTEX, September 2005, Krakow, Poland


Woodget, H., Macbeth, P., Annable, R. and Pearson, J. (2003) ‘The use of embellishment techniques with ink jet printed repeated designs’. In: INTEDEC 2003: International Textile Design and Engineering Conference, September 22nd-24th 2003, Edinburgh/Galashiels, UK , pp. 1-8

Research Degree Supervision

Advanced Textile CAD, Digital and Printed Textile Design, Smart Material Design, Trend Forecasting and 3D Textile Visualisations.