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Name: Rachael Wickenden

PhD: Textile Design

Thesis Title: 

A practice-led design approach to the development of E-textiles for interior spaces

Thesis Description:

In the last 20 years, engineers have developed textiles with integrated electronics (E-textiles) that can sense the environment, react to stimuli and behaviourally adapt. However, the potential of these E-textiles is yet to be fully realised. Designers lack the understanding necessary to exploit their functional properties to create ‘meaningful experiences’ (Karana et al., 2015).

Research questions:

  • What is the role of the textile designer in the innovation process for E-textiles to be used in interior spaces? 
  • What unique knowledge and perspective does the textile designer bring to the development of E-textiles for interior spaces?
  • What other factors affect the development of E-textiles for interior spaces?

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Prof Tom Fisher (Nottingham Trent University)

Prof Tilak Dias (Nottingham Trent University) 

Dr Katherine Townsend (Nottingham Trent University) 

Other Research Interests:

  • Sustainability, Innovation, Education

 


University email address: 

rachael.wickenden2015@my.ntu.ac.uk

LinkedIn:

linkedin.com/in/rachael-wickenden-47629321

Twitter: 

@RachaelWickend1

 

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