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Emma Sheldon

MA work

Emma Sheldon generates and develops design ideas through a hands-on and experimental approach to materials and processes. Her clean design aesthetic is led by patternation, colour-theory and kinetics, leading to tactile, interactive material samples. Combining analogue and digital techniques into constructed outcomes, and incorporating anomalous materials (such as leather and silk with synthetic vinyl and hand-dyed acrylic forms) define her distinctive design language.

Emma works in collaboration with designers from other industries to progress material concepts and to examine the importance of partnership in the process of design development. She has completed a number of short projects in this vein of research, including collaborations with MA Fashion Menswear Footwear designer Caterina Belluardo, and MA Vehicle Design students Samuel Johnson and Laurence Finnegan on a brief for Jaguar.

Alongside a selection of collaborative investigations Emma presents a body of continuous personal research into creating digitally cut and hand pleated structured materials; a collection of work called A:SYSTEM. With potential in industries such as Automotive, Architecture and Product as well as Fashion and Accessories, this series of work challenges the conventional position of textiles in design. Emma continues to pursue this line of study in response to contemporary industry insights.

Emma would like to thank Audi, The Haberdashers’ Company, The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, Coats Foundation Trust, ReachOut RCA, The Julian Trevelyan Foundation, NEWH, The Bradford Textile Society, The Clothworkers Foundation and The Textile Society for their awards, sponsorship and support in the development of her work.

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  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Textiles, 2013

  • Emma Sheldon generates and develops design ideas through a hands-on and experimental approach to materials and processes. Her clean design aesthetic is led by patternation, colour-theory and kinetics, leading to tactile, interactive material samples. Combining analogue and digital techniques into constructed outcomes, and incorporating anomalous materials (such as leather and silk with synthetic vinyl and hand-dyed acrylic forms) define her distinctive design language.

    Emma works in collaboration with designers from other industries to progress material concepts and to examine the importance of partnership in the process of design development. She has completed a number of short projects in this vein of research, including collaborations with MA Fashion Menswear Footwear designer Caterina Belluardo, and MA Vehicle Design students Samuel Johnson and Laurence Finnegan on a brief for Jaguar.

    Alongside a selection of collaborative investigations Emma presents a body of continuous personal research into creating digitally cut and hand pleated structured materials; a collection of work called A:SYSTEM. With potential in industries such as Automotive, Architecture and Product as well as Fashion and Accessories, this series of work challenges the conventional position of textiles in design. Emma continues to pursue this line of study in response to contemporary industry insights.

    Emma would like to thank Audi, The Haberdashers’ Company, The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, Coats Foundation Trust, ReachOut RCA, The Julian Trevelyan Foundation, NEWH, The Bradford Textile Society, The Clothworkers Foundation and The Textile Society for their awards, sponsorship and support in the development of her work.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Textile Design (First class), University College Falmouth, 2009; Diploma, Distinction, Foundation Studies in Art and Design, University College Falmouth, 2006
  • Experience

  • Gallery administrator and archivist, New Art Centre, Salisbury, 2010 - present; Textile Consultant, Assemble, London, 2012; Design assistant, DOT Design, Hong Kong, 2011; Print designer, Rebecca Taylor, New York, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • The Antique Textile Fair, Manchester, 2013; Work In Progress, RCA, London, 2013; Audi Universe, Ingolstadt, Germany, 2012; The Natural Audi, Audi Quattro Rooms, London, 2012
  • Awards

  • First Prize, The Textile Society Bursary Award, 2013; Winner, Network of Executive Women in Hospitality Scholarship, 2013; Second Prize, Jaguar Clerkenwell Design Week Competition, 2013
  • Conferences

  • Collaboration, Professional Practice Series, University College Falmouth, Cornwall, 2013; Explore Lace, Explore Lace, ReachOutRCA and the Julian Trevelya Foundation, London/Salisbury, 2012
  • Publications

  • Shaping the Cars of the Future, Lance Cole, The Daily Telegraph Motoring, 2013; Material Innovation Report, Stylesight, 2013; Textile Design Portfolio, Simon Clarke, Laurence King, 2011