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Stephanie Rolph

MA work

Tangible Impressions: physical presence in the digital world

'Tactile' seems to be becoming a buzzword for designers, journalists, technologists, futurists alike. In today's hyper-digitalised world we seem fascinated with the 'real': fetishizing touching physical materials and surfaces. The tactile is very much in fashion.

Tangible Impressions is a research project exploring this emerging trend; focusing on how and why we touch, and what could be lost as technology becomes even more embed within society.

The pieces here are the initial outcomes of this research. They illustrate the beginnings of the investigation into the question:
Can textiles record and represent physical presence in our digital world?
Like a hand print in concrete, a dropped programmatic tracking cookie on your browser or in imprint in a memory foam mattress; can textiles be part of a permanent or transient conversation between humans and surfaces?

This project, through material research, experimentation and development aims to address the position of textiles within this often virtual, digital world. Challenging both the role of textiles and its representation in a society dominated by screens and digital interfaces.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2015



  • Trained in Textile Design at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, specialising in woven textiles and material research.
  • Degrees

  • BA Textile Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2013
  • Experience

  • Freelance textile designer, Chris Lefteri, London, 2014–15; Weave designer, Bonnie Kirkwood Ltd., London, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Chinese International Pattern Design Competition, Hangzhou, 2013; UAL Show Gallery, London, 2014
  • Awards

  • First prize, Peter Collingwood Trust Award, 2014; Prize, UAL Futuremap Award, 2014; Prize, Chinese International Pattern Design Application Award, 2013; Prize, NOVA Innovation Award, 2013