Carole Collet (UK) is a Design Led Researcher and Textile Future's expert.
pioneered the discipline of Textile Futures 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. How do we reconcile ecology and smart technology? With
current progress in nanotechnologies, how do we engineer invisible
functions with new aesthetics? Could
biology, the study of living organisms, together with biomimicry, the
emulation of nature’s principles, become the new formula for
sustainable textiles? Will scientists become designers? Can textile fabrication inform a new way to imagine architecture?
Carole Collet is Course Director, MA Textile Futures and Researcher at Central Saint Martins College, and Associate Director of the University of the Arts Textile Futures research Unit.