BIO-INSPIRED TEXTILE RESEARCH
Bio-Inspired Textiles (BIT) is a research initiative funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Leadership Fellows scheme. The project identifies the potential for nature inspired design to enhance current sustainable and circular textile practice but also recognises barriers in the disconnect between biomimetic research and stakeholders from the textile and fashion communities. BIT aims to develop a framework that enables designers to engage with and apply concepts from biology into their practice.
In response to the current challenges of global production and consumption practices highlighted in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation ‘A New Textile Economy’ report (2017) and Goal n.12 of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, BIT seeks to answer the call for practical approaches to the design and production of sustainable textiles within a circular economy.
BIT draws on the framework pioneered by Naleway et al. (2015) referred to as 'Biological Structural Design Elements' (BSDEs) as a point of departure. BSDEs provide streamlined information on the nature of mechanisms and behaviours in various biological materials (including, for example, their toughness and strength) to inform the design and development of composite materials for materials science communities. By adapting the BSDEs model, BIT research creates a more relevant bio-informed framework tailored to textile design communities.
Bio-Inspired Textile Team
Prof. Veronika Kapsali
Veronika is the principal investigator of the BIT research project which builds on her PhD and recent research in the field of biomimetic design.
Dr Cathryn Anneka Hall
Cathryn works part time as a post doctoral researcher supporting Dr Veronika Kapsali on the BIT research.
Bio-Inspired Textile Partners
Bio-Inspired Textile Advisory Board
Alma Daskalaki - Craft Council
Anne Marr - UAL: Central Saint Martins
Ashley Harbert - A W Hainsworth
Dr Kate Goldsworthy - UAL: Centre for Circular Design
Dr Laetitia Forst - UAL: Centre for Circular Design & Centre for Sustainable Fashion
Jane Murrow - UAL: Chelsea College of Arts
Julia Bennet - Craft Council
Prof Carole Collet - UAL: Central Saint Martins
Prof Richard Blackburn - University of Leeds
Prof James Busfield - Queen Mary University of London
Tacita Meredith-Tancock - Crew a la Mode/Calm Collected
Tony Ryan - Design & Technology Association