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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.

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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

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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

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