Dr Nithikul Nimkulrat is a Professor of Textile Design and Head of the Textile Design Department at Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Estonia. She earned a Doctor of Arts from Aalto University in Finland in 2009. Her research interest is rooted in her textile practice, reaching across experiential knowledge in art and design, especially the role of creative practice in research and that of materials in creative processes. Her creative artefacts have received awards and been exhibited internationally, while her research has been included in international academic journals and publications. She is co-editor of the book Reflections and connections: On the relationship between creative production and academic research (2009) and convener of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG).