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Rachel Philpott

PhD Work

My PhD research develops production processes incorporating origami, shibori, printing and fusing techniques to create textiles that sustain 3D adaptable form with little or no supporting substructure. The controlled packing, deployment and structural stability these textiles offered suggest applications in engineering, apparel, product and architectural design. I have devised transferable templates of folding that can be reinterpreted in a variety of materials and scales. Both form and behaviour of these textiles can be customised, enabling light transmission, electrical conductivity, thermal or sound insulation properties to be varied, as required.


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  • PhD

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    Textiles, 2005–2010

  • My PhD research develops production processes incorporating origami, shibori, printing and fusing techniques to create textiles that sustain 3D adaptable form with little or no supporting substructure. The controlled packing, deployment and structural stability these textiles offered suggest applications in engineering, apparel, product and architectural design. I have devised transferable templates of folding that can be reinterpreted in a variety of materials and scales. Both form and behaviour of these textiles can be customised, enabling light transmission, electrical conductivity, thermal or sound insulation properties to be varied, as required.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Printed Textiles, Middlesex University, 1993
  • Experience

  • Visiting lecturer, University of London, Kyoto University of Art & Design, Royal College of Art, London, Kyoto, 2006-present; Freelance designer, Spruth Magers Gallery, London, 2009; Studio assistant, Jonathan Saunders, London, 2005; Lecturer (textiles), Loughborough University, 2011-present
  • Exhibitions

  • 5th Global Plastic Electronics Conference, Maritim Hotel and Conference Centre, Dresden, Germany, 2009; Research RCA, Royal College of Art, 2009; Design Means Business, UK Government Treasury Building, London, 2008; Textiles: A Global Vision (Textile Institute Centenary Conference), Midland Hotel, Manchester, 2010
  • Awards

  • Winner, Textile Institute Benevolent Committee Award, 2008; Winner, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, 2007-9