Carole Collet

+++ Deputy Director Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC), Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, UK

+++     Reader in Textile Futures, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK

Carole Collet is a Reader and Deputy Director of the Textile Futures Research Centre at Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London.

Research Questions:

Could ‘Living Technology’ lead to a more resilient future?

Can biomimicry principles and biological processes generate new sustainable design and manufacturing tools?

How will Living Technology impact on how we design, manufacture and experience our everyday post 2050?

Research Interests:

Prospective Design, Design-Science collaborations, Sustainability, Biomimicry, Biodiversity, Synthetic Biology, Resilience, Climate Change, Future Fabrication, Craft, Textile Architecture, Future Textiles.


Carole Collet pioneered the discipline of Textile Futures ten years ago by fostering a new approach to designing textiles for the future and by setting up the MA Textile Futures course at Central Saint Martins College. Her vision is to explore textiles as a form of industrial design but with a focus on the language and codes inherent to textiles. Led by the need to incorporate sustainable drivers at the core of the design process, both her research and educational practice are focused on exploring key contextual questions to interrogate, critique and propose new design concepts that can fully engage with the challenges of designing for the 21st century. Carole was recently leading the Nobel Textiles project for Central Saint Martins College (sponsored by MRC UK) which linked Nobel laureates to 5 leading Textiles and Fashion designers. She has been contributing worldwide on the subject of future textiles, sustainable design practices, climate change and the role of science in design. Her design work has been exhibited at the Science Museum, the ICA and the V&A and she has contributed to exhibitions worldwide.

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