The project team is comprised of two MA Textile Design students from Chelsea, a PhD researcher, and a Professor of Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design.

Trish Hegarty completed a BA in Textile Design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2009. After graduating, she worked in Industry for two years. This experience allowed her to develop a broad understanding of the landscape of the textile and retail industry, relating to supply chain, manufacturing and ethical challenges. An opportunity to relocate to Osaka, Japan for a teaching position arose in 2011. Posted at an English Intensive School, she taught content based learning subjects, such as Multi-cultural Studies and Current Issues, in a lecture and seminar style. She developed an interest in learning and teaching theory.

It was as a result of the passion she felt for teaching that she was prompted to return to education, to undertake a research practice based Masters in Textile Design at UAL: Chelsea.

The masters project aims to investigate, practically and theoretically, how Trish, as a textile designer, can develop a practice which minimize energy and toxic chemical reliance and is informed both by textile traditions and technological advances. Using found linen, she examines how non-toxic print and dye options to re-fabricate cloth, would offer each piece a new purpose, and could pose a sustainably sound approach to reclaiming materials and in turn a connection to cloth.

Trish Hegarty_ Throw Away Culture_ A serries of throws created from old wool blankets and factory waste

Throw Away Culture, 2009: Trish Hegarty

Ilke Usluca did her BA in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in the Textile and Fashion Design Department in Istanbul. During her BA she completed internships with Ipekyol- Twist (a ready-to-wear brand based in Turkey) and fashion designer Bora Aksu. With clothing being the main interest, for her Erasmus placement she went to Escola Superior de Disseny, where she learned about shoes and shoe making processes and worked on leather shoes. In 2011 she also participated in a competition for Triumph Underwear. She was one of the 10 finalists.

In 2013 she joined a collaborative project between Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Flensburg University. The project was about Morocco and old barbarian bags. From starting with the old bags and old leather stitching techniques, by using embroidery she created 3 vests which symbolises the change from tradition to modernism in the area and her works been exhibited in 2 different galleries.

After graduating on 2014, whilst working at WGSN as an assistant and translating Trend Reports for Turkish customers, she also worked as a freelancer in different companies where she was designing prints for kids wear and womenswear. During her work she was also being prepared for the ITHIB 8. Fabric Design Contest. She involved in production and weaving process as well. There, she learned more about the industry where she discovered sustainability is a must for the future of the textiles and fashion industry. After being awarded a scholarship she got accepted on the MA at Chelsea College of Arts. Right now she is working on her thesis about Alternative Ways of Recycling in Textiles and has just started an internship with Fyodor Golan. 

2013, 'Les Sacs Barbarian'

2013, ‘Les Sacs Barbarian’ Ilke Usluca

Professor Rebecca Earley is Director of the UAL’s Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC) and is a lead researcher in the Textiles Environment Design (TED) group at Chelsea College of Arts. Throughout her research career Becky’s has continuously sought to develop a toolbox of design strategies to reduce the environmental impact of textile production, consumption and disposal. TED’s TEN (Earley & Politowicz, 2010) helps designers make more informed and innovative design decisions. This has evolved into a toolbox for textile and fashion design, which is being developed and tested thought the MISTRA Future Fashion project (phase 1, 2011–2015), before addressing questions about how to embed design strategies related to cyclability (phase 2, 2015–2019). Since the late 1990’s Becky has been exploring the potential for designers to upcycle textiles – focussing in the main on polyester and its potential to be over printed and reformed into consecutive lives of a higher commercial value. Her Top 100 project spans a decade and has evolved a wide range of practical and conceptual approaches.

Becky is interested in practice and design-led research that leads to knew knowledge around all aspects of sustainable design for the textile and fashion industry, and beyond. She currently supervises UAL PhD students and teaches on the MA textile Design course at Chelsea. She is an award-winning designer, researcher and consultant, whose creative work has been exhibited widely in the last twenty years. She is collected by museums across the globe including MFIT and the V&A in London.

Shanghai Shirt (Earley & Dodd, 2014). Two old yellow shirts overprinted using hand painted paper and quilted together to make a warm, decorated jacket.

Shanghai Shirt (Earley & Dodd, 2014). Two old yellow shirts overprinted using hand painted paper and quilted together to make a warm, decorated jacket.

Bridget Harvey occupies a fluid space between design, art and craft. She uses traditional and new techniques and work with natural and found materials. She creates contemporary craft objects in small quantities and as one-off pieces. She pushes materials, forms and joins, and is inspired by costume and narrative. Her work has been described as exploring ‘themes of carnival, folk art and tribal display with a touch of Blackpool thrown in.’

Her practice-based research connects the practical actions and parallel meanings of repair. Rooted in ideas of design activism, environmentally and socially conscious, she is working to create a socially engaged practice that forges understanding through materials, process, use and reuse.

Within her practice she also undertakes residencies, facilitates workshops and other events, curates and writes. She has a BA Hons in Textile Design from Chelsea College of Art and graduated from MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts in 2013.  She freelances as a prop maker, an embroider and maker and is currently studying towards an AHRC PhD exploring repair and remaking.

Mended Jumper, 2012 ongoing. Bridget Harvey


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