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Frances Murphy

MA work

Liquid Lace / 3D printed textiles

I have examined the potential of a 3D desktop printer through the lens of a print textile designer. Using my skills as a textile design practitioner with experience in the creation of high fashion fabrics I look to reinvent and develop new iterations of traditional textile processes using 3D desktop printing, such as lace-making, embroidery and surface pattern.

3D printing could reinvent our relationship with clothing and textiles, challenging production in terms of ecology, sustainability, consumption, fast fashion and mass production, and will be considered as a key development towards democratic manufacturing and design. By enabling the 'printing' of clothes to order, manufacturing could be reconfigured.

To give the project familiarity, a trigger for thinking where the future of 3D printed fabric and garments could be envisioned, I have focused on traditional lace-making in fashion and textiles and how this could be interpreted through the use of a 3D desktop printer. I have designed a 3D printed lace shirt that represents the integration of traditional textiles printing with 3D desktop printing and look at how this could be developed for the Ready to Wear luxury market.


  • Frances Murphy
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2018



  • Prior to the RCA Frances Murphy worked in the luxury fashion and textiles industry for over 15 years selling her designs to high profile stores worldwide, including Selfridges, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Colette in Paris. In the world of fashion and textiles, she understands that although being creative is key, the development of technology, manufacturing and how this can impact on the world’s natural resources, in a more positive way, must be paramount to the sustainable future of the industry.

    Her work concentrates on bringing traditional textiles and technology together. Research includes experimenting with 3D printed traditional material patterns such as lace.  Questioning how 3D printing could eventually reinvent our relationship with clothing and textiles. Looking at 3D printing, as a key development towards democratic manufacturing and design and challenging traditional production methods. It could be possible that 3D printing will be the direction of how the fashion and textiles industry will operate in the future. By enabling people – and brands – to “print” clothes to order, the whole process of clothing manufacturing could be reconfigured.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Norwich University of the Arts, 1988
  • Experience

  • Fashion Textile Designer, Owner of Company, INSIDEOUT, 1997–Present; Designed and exhibited Womenswear and Menswear Printed Collections At Fashion Week in London, Paris, Milan, and Japan. 1997–2013; Collaborated with key brands Nike, Dr Martins, Sarah Andelman, Colette store Paris, Liberty London
  • Exhibitions

  • Worn Leatherette, Colette Store Gallery, Paris, 2013; Club to Catwalk Exhibition Collaboration, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013; Trompe 'oeil Textiles, Numero Magazine, Le Bon Marche Department store, Paris, 2010; Surreal Things Exhibition Collaboration, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2007; Dr Martins Exhibition, Trumans Brewery, London, 2001
  • Awards

  • Winner of the Fendi Award, Most Innovative Textile Designer, Milan, 2010; Winner of Premium Show Best Newcomer, Textile Designer Award, Berlin
  • Publications

  • Remington, C. 'Designer Makes 3D print Fashion A Reality', Textile Evolution Magazine, 28th Feb. 2018; Fogg, M. 'The Fashion Swatch Book', INSIDEOUT Swatches, 2014. pp190–193 pp378–379; Grispini B. 'INSIDEOUT', Italian Vogue, 23rd June, 2010; 'Fashion Fix', Vanity Fair, 2002; 'Designer Tributes to the Queen' The Daily Telegraph, 2002; Jennings, H. 'Bare Faced Chic', Hot Style, The Metro, 2001; 'Double Whammy' Tatler, 2002; 'The news on Fashion' Harper & Queen, 2002; 'Vintage Style' The Face, 2002