International Book Launch: Textile Design Theory in the Making

  • Sampson, E. (Chair)
  • Elaine Igoe (Participant)
  • Marion Lean (Participant)
  • Marianne Fairbanks (Participant)

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The launch marks the publication of Textile Design Theory in the Making across the UK/Europe, US and Australia. Elaine and many of the contributing authors will in conversation with Fashion Research Network’s Ellen Sampson to discuss the book’s content and development followed by an audience Q&A.

Elaine Igoe's book explores how textile design bridges the decorative and the functional, and takes us from handcrafting to industrial manufacture. In doing so, it distinguishes textiles as a distinctive design discipline, against the backdrop of today's emerging design issues. With commentaries from a range of international design scholars who will also be joining the panel, the book demonstrates how textile design theory is now being employed in diverse scenarios to encourage innovation beyond the field of design itself.

Positioning textiles within contemporary design research, Textile Design Theory in the Making reveals how the theory and practice of textile design exist in a synergistic, creative relationship. Drawing on qualitative research methods, including auto-ethnography and feminist critique, the book provides a theoretical underpinning for textile designers working in interdisciplinary scenarios, uniting theory and texts from the fields of anthropology, philosophy, literature and material design. You can read a short preview here:
Period19 Nov 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational