Trained as a knitted textile designer, Cathryn returned to research in 2016, after four years in industry, completing her Masters in Sustainable Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts London). Cathryn joined the Centre for Circular Design (CCD) as research assistant in 2017 working on the Swedish based Mistra Future Fashion project. Since 2018 Cathryn is undertaking a full time practice based PhD with CCD, under Dr Kate Goldsworthy and Prof Rebecca Earley.
Cathryn's PhD research proposes a design-led approach to the development of mechanical recycling for blended materials to provide solutions for a circular economy. It addresses the limitation of both the chemical and mechanical industry’s use of high-quality and mono-material inputs as the only approach to producing high-value outputs.