Welcome our new TED team members!

9th November 2015

TED would like take this opportunity to introduce three new members to the team; Rosie Hornbuckle, Alison Taylor, and Gabrielle Miller.

Rosie has joined TED to work as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on the TED Trash-2-Cash project. She brings to the team expertise in open, collaborative information exchange between partners from different industries and knowledge areas. Much of her early career was spent at Kingston University where she undertook a PhD, and worked at Rematerialise on a collection of sustainable materials. Her role as researcher and educator focuses on the interesting place where design, materials and sustainability overlap.

Alison Taylor is the Communications Officer for the Trash-2-Cash project. Alison currently works as both an interdisciplinary designer and communications specialist. She has a chemistry degree and recently graduated from the MA Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins in 2015 with a speculative project exploring sustainable alternatives for jewellery design in a post-mining world. (image)

Gabrielle Miller is a Research Assistant at TED (maternity cover). Gabrielle is a textile designer and researcher, and has been working as a Research Assistant on numerous projects over the past couple of years; FIRE, based at the London College of Fashion, UAL, and a research and design-led project that interrogated intelligent material solutions for future ways of living, at Northumbria University. She has a background of working in textile, print and embroidery design for companies such as Alexander McQueen, Jonathan Saunders, Burberry, and Givenchy.

They are all excited to be joining the TED team!

FastSlow MA Textiles TED Project Launch

Fast Slow Textiles MA Course
4th November 2015

The launch of FastSlow was an intense experience of ideas related to material cyclability. MA Textile Design students participated with enthusiasm in a series of talks and workshops led by practicing textile designers and researchers. The lectures and workshops were designed to demonstrate opportunities and tools to map the full potential of design decisions. The focus was the engagement of today’s textile designer in a material and social economy. A diverse range of solutions was developed by students, in their own, imagined, ‘slow’ design scenarios.

Collaborative, creative workshops led by Emmeline Child and Katherine May, inspired students to explore a series of ideas through the use of often familiar materials applied in new ways. As a result, students proposed transformative actions as potential disruptions to the fashion system. The products that were being conceived, acted as systems in their own right. Creative repair, personal reflection and adaptation of traditional hand techniques were applied to existing individual studio practice. Individual making sessions were propelled by a poetic introduction of chosen words delivered, at intervals, to create a changing focus for thought. Group discussion and material manipulation encouraged students to acquire the practices and skills necessary to make key changes through design.

Written by Kay Politowicz

3rd International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference

BA Course Director Caryn Simonson is organising a conference in association with the International Journal Of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS), from 4th – 7th of July 2013 to be held here at Chelsea College of Art & Design. The event will also include a curated exhibition of textiles, film and photography. It is a collaboration between Simonson (CCAD) & Eryl Price-Davies, from Imperial College London.

Simonson’s paper, FashionableBikers’ And Biker Fashion – Exploring the Fascination for the Biker Image and its Relationship with Luxury Brands, was presented at this year’s IJMS conference, University Of Colorado Springs, USA.

At the 2010 conference, Simonson’s paper was Chintz My Ride which contextualised her photographic portrait works of fabric-customised motorcycles with their perceived ‘owners’. For more information on the call for papers 2013 please click here.

Every print tells a story

The People’s Print are engaging with BA Textile Design students at Chelsea to spread the word about their designs and inspirations. ‘Every print tells a story’ is developed to create insight behind print designer’s work.
The first of a series of interviews is with Naomi Whitehead. She is inspired by the motoring industry, chemistry labs and crystal structures. With her interest in new scientific textiles, she has explored BioResins for being an eco-friendly material already used in the automotive industry. We loved her work at the degree show and wish her well as she graduates.
Check out TED member Melanie Bowles‘s website.

Doctoral Education and Research in the Arts conference

Becky Earley and Kay Politowicz will be presenting at the SHARE Conference here at Chelsea on May 11-12, hosted by the CCW Graduate School.

This international conference organised by ELIA, considers the challenges, opportunities and critical issues faced in the building of new – and the further development of existing – programmes and platforms for doctoral education and research for the creative arts.

Creative Transition launches

Last week saw the launch of a small research project we are involved in called Creative Transition that brings together staff and students across CCW (Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon) who are interested in notions of sustainability and resilience in art and design education.

The event was called ‘The Keys are Under the Mat’, and it was a day of presentations and discussions between staff and post-graduate students from across the three colleges. The first speaker Ian was from Transition Heathrow, an activist group based in the communities around the proposed runway expansion at Heathrow. Ian described the activity that the Transition group have been involved in and introduced us to the ideas and tools that have been developed by the Transition Towns network.

Andy Merritt from the Farm Shop then spoke about the urban food growing project set up in an empty shop in Dalston, by collective Something & Sons. They are exploring hydroponics, aquaponics and soil based growing and they are a great example of a collective approach to trying out new ways to sustainable urban living.

We have spent some time debating the terms sustainability and resilience amongst the group. The term resilience has been widely used lately, from designers to economists to politicians, and there are many definitions and insights about what it means. Rob Hopkins, the founder of the Transition Town movements has written an article here on resilience thinking and there is even a Resilience Centre based in Stockholm, Sweden, that has a wonderful explanation of resilience with some insightful videos here. (Coincidentally, this Centre is also funded by MISTRA who are funding our new Future Fashion research project).

The Creative Transition project will be continuing the conversation we have already begun across the colleges with some workshops and more events planned in the next 6 months.