Carole Collet

Carole Collet is a Reader in Textile Futures and Deputy Director of TFRC (Textile Futures Research Centre) at the University of the Arts London. She pioneered the discipline 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. Her current work investigates the promises of living technology and synthetic biology for future design production. She has been contributing at international level on the subject of future textiles, sustainable design practices, climate change and the role of science in design. Her design work has been exhibited in London at the Science Museum, the ICA and the V&A and the Design Centre Tokyo, Japan.

Papers submitted to the Studies in Material Thinking Journal