Key Expertise:


PhD Student

Jane Scott is a Senior Teaching Fellow, teaching across the BA Textile Design Programme in The School of Design at The University of Leeds. She studied for her first degree at The University of Leeds completed MA Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University and she is currently undertaking a PhD through TFRC at Central Saint Martins. A knitted textile design specialist her research focuses on the design and development of knit fabrics and technologies. She has undertaken funded research investigating applications for seamless knit technology, and is currently investigating the potential to create environmentally responsive knitted textiles for architecture. A fascination with materials is fundamental to her work, and current research explores the potential for natural fibres to exhibit smart behaviours. Her work has been exhibited in recent UK exhibitions and she has presented research papers at international conferences on these areas of interest.

Research Interests:

How can the structure of knitted fabric be engineered using biomimetic models to design environmentally responsive textiles for architecture?

How can biomimetic models inform the design of knitted structures?
How can the inherent properties of natural fibres and smart synthetics be exploited to engineer responsive behaviour?
How do changes in scale affect the behaviour of environmentally responsive knitted fabrics?

Through a series of three design briefs Jane's research investigates the potential to develop environmentally responsive knit fabrics for architecture. Each design brief considers a specific biomimetic model appropriate to the development of transformable textiles. Her current project work examines passive systems for actuation based on biomimetic principles from botanical systems.

Central to the investigation is the relationship between the inherent properties of natural materials and the responsive nature of weft knit structure. The research explores the potential to engineer fabrics so that the structure autonomously controls movement allowing for changes in shape and form. The work considers whether natural fibres can be used within knit fabric structures to sense and respond to environmental stimuli.

Jane's work sits at the intersection of materials innovation and smart textile design. Whilst her current research remains speculative in terms of applications within architecture, the proposed outcomes include responsive knit prototypes with fragments at an architectural scale.

Current Projects:

  • /Transformable Textiles for Knitted Architecture