D-TEX Lisbon

Anne Marr

TFRC researcher Anne Marr will be a keynote speaker at D_TEX Textile Design Conference 2017, 1st International Conference in Textiles, Identity and Innovation which will be held at Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon from the 2nd – 4th of November 2017.

D_TEX presents itself as a starting point at a crossroads of ideas and debates around the complex universe of Textile Design in all its forms, manifestations and dimensions.

Anne will be discussing ‘The Fabric of Belonging: Place-based textile community engagement’ and how textile making can enhance the mental health and well-being of homeless and vulnerably housed residents as well as stimulating greater community exchange.

More details about the conference programme can be found here:


‘Making’ Communities Symposium


‘Making’ Communities Symposium

Textile Research @ CSM

25 November 2017

10.30am -4.30pm at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

‘Making’ Communities will bring together  Visiting Professor Reiko Sudo/ NUNO Tokyo and London based Studio Weave as well  TFRC researchers to share latest textile and material innovation as well as new case studies of textile-led community engagement.

The first part of the symposium Future Processes will present insights into the sophisticated world of Nuno’s sustainable fabrics, made through innovative material recycling. Philippa Brock and Anne Smith will be re-thinking industrial processes such as loom-based 3D weave fabrication and pattern-making through lasercutting. Professor Carole Collet will present her research into designing future bio-materials with living systems.

Future Communities in the afternoon will discuss the role of textiles as a vehicle to build more inclusive communities – celebrating diverse cultural identities. London-based architecture practice Studio Weave will present their recent projects exploring the role of colour in communities. Jo Pierce from Studio Houndstooth will discuss ludic co-design and community visibility in East London and Anne Marr will share research into local place-making with Crisis Brent. Whilst Linda Florence and Rebecca Hoyes will show how textile design can empower local artisan communities in the Middle East to develop new economic opportunities.

Tickets include light lunch and refreshments: £18 / £5 Consessions. Places are limited – please book your ticket via the CSM Box Office:

For further information please contact Hannah Cheesbrough via


Crossover Borås

Philippa Brock

TFRC researcher Philippa Brock is off to Sweden this week presenting her work at the 18th ETN Conference: Crossover Borås hosted by the Borås Textile Fashion Centre.

Conference co-organizers are the European Textile Network, ETN, together with the Swedish Museum of Textiles and Nordic Textile Art association.

The conference aims to present a global perspective of the different textile practices and their interactions with a special focus on sustainable creativity and innovation in textile art and design.

Philippa’s talk during the ETN conference networking event will present her recent work for the Weaving Futures exhibition – which was curated by Philippa Brock and Samuel Plant Dempsey and commissioned by London Transport Museum.

The exhibition explored ideas and process led methods of designing, celebrated the use of bespoke woven moquette fabric in London Transport, and the work was made as the exhibition progressed.

More info about the ETN conference programme can be found here:

Philippa will also give a lecture at the Swedish School of Textiles Borås presenting her research on: ‘Space & Volume: Textiles in The Third Dimension’. The lecture will be an overview of a series of research projects investigating the exploration of process led research approaches and the pushing of the boundaries within digital industrial jacquard loom design and engineering methods.




We’ve been celebrating twelve amazing years of TFRC at UAL In that time, we’ve spent five years as a research group followed by seven years as a research centre, pushing the boundaries of textiles.

Thanks to everyone who has been part of this fantastic journey. Looking at the past, present and future in our visual timeline, the next phase will be equally exciting. As we embark upon new ventures across Chelsea College of Art and Central Saint Martins we will be expanding our core research areas of Circular Design, Urban Fabric, Weave Lab and Material Innovation.

More to come soon – watch this space!


Home Is Where The Heart Is


Please join us for the Private View of Home is where the Heart is on Monday the 17 July from 5.30-7.30pm

Open daily from 5 July – 2 August 2017


Ropery Songs


A chorus of bicycles, skipping to archival records and the rich heritage of the Ropery, will invite the audience to participate, listen and engage in an experimental action space. (more…)


Six Branch

Linda Florence

Six Branch, In celebration of International Women’s Day, Central Saint Martin’s BA Textile Design course are hosting an afternoon of talks to launch the new project – Six Branch (more…)


Weaving Futures at the London Transport Museum until 18th of February 2017

Philippa Brock

Weaving Futures at the London Transport Museum
until 18th of February 2017

This show has been curated jointly by Weave Pathway leader Philippa Brock and explores process, making and the importance and potential of woven textiles to the London Transport System and features a working TC2 digital jacquard loom. (more…)


Circular Transitions Conference


Circular Transitions Conference

Tate Britain & Chelsea College of Arts 23rd-24th November
The Circular Transitions Conference will be the first ever global event looking at designing fashion textiles for the circular economy. Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC) at University of the Arts London (UAL) will be bringing together world leading academics and industry experts in the field to imagine a future where materials are designed, produced, used and disposed of in radical new ways. A full programme of 4 high profile keynotes speakers, 35 papers and 40 exhibitors will be making this happen at the Tate Britain on 23rd November 2016 and Chelsea on 24th November 2016.