RESEARCH

DESIGN for MECHANICAL TEXTILE RECYCLING 

Cathryn is doing PhD research at Centre for Circular Design (CCD) under Dr Kate Goldsworthy and Professor Becky Earley.

Cathryn is exploring the potential for design to drive a more circular materials economy in which her research focuses on:

DESIGN FOR MECHANICAL TEXTILE RECYCLING 

This spans the cascading, blending and design within the textile recycling system. Specialising in wool and acrylic recycling from knitwear, which are difficult to be re-used. The research investigates how we might best recycle problematic blended textile fibres, creating a more circular future. Cathryn's background as a designer in the fashion industry has heavily influenced her research, and includes testing recycled materials at an industrial scale.  

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MISTRA FUTURE FASHION 

Cathryn previously worked as a research assistant at CCD on the Mistra Future Fashion project. As part this work Cathryn aided the 'Circular Design Speeds' research. 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Global Fashion Conference 2018 
MIXING IT UP IN PRATO: identifying innovation hotspots within mechanical textile recycling 
Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice 2020 
TAKING NOTE: Annotated portfolio as a method to analyse the experience of design research practice in industry
The Design Journal - Volume 22, 2019 - Issue sup 1: Running with Scissors: EAD Conference
DIVIDE, SWITCH, BLEND: wearing two hats for industry entrepreneurship and academic practice-based textile design research
Cathryn's PhD research would not be possible without the funding from both: 
University of the Arts London Studentship Award & Cotton Textile Research Trust 

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