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

Design Philosophy:

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. How do we reconcile ecology and smart technology? With current progress in nanotechnologies, how do we engineer invisible functions with new aesthetics? Could biology, the study of living organisms, together with biomimicry, the emulation of nature’s principles, become the new formula for sustainable textiles? Will scientists become designers? Can textile fabrication inform a new way to imagine architecture?

Current Research Questions:

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

How can biomimicry principles and biological models inform the design of resilient textiles?

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

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