We are UK based textile researchers that are inspired by biology and exploring how this can help us created more sustainable designs.
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DR VERONIKA KAPSALI
Veronika is a reader in Materials Technology and Design at the London College of Fashion at UAL (University of the Arts London) and a AHRC Leadership Fellow. She is a leader in the newly emerging field of Bio-inspired Textiles and has worked for 10+ years on a range of industry focused applications that include the invention and development of biomimetic active fibres and textiles (MMT Textiles Limited and INOTEK TM).
Veronika’s track record in attacking research funding includes PI roles in Biologically Inspired Textiles (BIT), AHRC Leadership Fellow (£248,130.59), Sep 2020-Aug 2022; Fashioning the Ageing Population, Innovate UK, (£80,000, Sep 2018- Aug 2019). She is a Co-I on the AHRC BFTT (Business of Fashion Textiles and Technology) Creative Cluster (£5,600,000, 01/10/18-01/04/2023), and specifically developing and leading one of the flagship work packages focusing on sustainable alternative materials development (value £600,000) and mentoring SME projects (total value £180,000).
CATHRYN ANNEKA HALL
Cathryn recently published her PhD at the Centre for Circular Design (CCD) - UAL Chelsea college of Arts. Her research explores Design for Recycling Knitwear and this spans the cascading, blending, and sorting practices within the mechanical textile recycling system. The research investigates how to design using recycled fibres from blended textiles so they can be recycled again creating a more circular future. Cathryn's background as a designer in the fashion industry and previously worked at CCD as a research assistant on the Mistra Future Fashion project.