Portrait of  Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor

m.a.e.taylor@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472065


Matthew Taylor joined the University of Huddersfield in 2008; he is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Textiles.

Matthew graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA in Fine Art before setting up a fabric screen-printing business called Northern Backdrop after receiving funding for £11,500 from three awarding bodies, The European Regional Development Fund, Hulme Regeneration and The Princes trust fund. It was during this period of self employment that Matthew also completed an MA in Textiles at MMU graduating with distinction.


A role within the textile printing industry followed at R.A. Smart, working with CAD packages, which preceded Matthew joining the University.

A print and CAD specialist with a keen interest in drawing Matthew is equally inspired by the commercial textile design industry as well the world of Art.

In 2014 Matthew presented a paper “Outside intervention and the external studio” with Claire Barber at GLAD conference in Sheffield.

Research and Scholarship

Appropriation, collectors and collections, personal, private and public archives, screen and digital printing, drawing, painting, pattern, textiles and collage.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Taylor, M (2016) ‘The Gleneden hand painted jacquard design archive: Drawing research from a hand painted textile archive’. In: iJade, 18 & 19 November 2016, Chester

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


Barber, C. and Taylor, M. (2014) ‘Outside Intervention and the External Studio’. In: GLAD Group Learning for Art and Design - The Studio: Where do we learn? Where do we teach?, 27 February 2014, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Research Degree Supervision

Printed Textiles for fashion, interiors or Art, multidisciplinary arts practices, appropriation and collage.

Enterprise Activities

2nd year sponsored projects with companys such as Turner Bianca, SKA Textiles, Ege Carpets, NGN glass, Muraspec, Standfast and Barracks, Oxfam, Rowan Yarns, Hand and Lock, Joshua Ellis and Corian are ongoing concerns. We exhibit at the Surface Design Show each year, an internationally recognised trade fair in London.

Administrative Responsibilities

Recruitment, college visits and course interviews.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Course Leader Textile Practice
Senior Lecturer:

  • BA/BSc (Hons) Textiles with Surface Design
  • BA/BSc (Hons) Textile Practice – Textile Design
  • BA/BSc (Hons) Textile Practice – Surface Design
  • BA/BSc (Hons) Textile Practice – Textile Craft and Art


  • Visual Research
  • Professional Practice
  • CAD
  • Printed Textiles and Surfaces
  • Print Processes
  • Research Reports