Design for Cyclability and Material Innovation

Senior Research Fellow

Textiles Environment Design (TED)

Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC)

University of the Arts London

Dr Kate Goldsworthy is Senior Research Fellow in Textiles Environment Design (TED) at Chelsea and a lead researcher with the University’s Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC). With over 15 years of experience as a textile designer, consultant and academic, her core interests are design for cyclability, new finishing and production technologies and material innovation.  

Her approach is practice based, always placing the ‘prototype’ at the centre of her research, and collaborative, often across disciplines in both industry and scientific fields.  She has contributed to international publications and conferences on the subject of sustainable design, technology and the role of the designer in facilitating change in the textile industry.  Her design work has been exhibited at the Science Museum, the ICA and Crafts Council, (London), the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (USA), and the Audax Textile Museum (Tilburg).


Research Interests:

Since 1998 Kate has been developing strategies for reducing textile waste and environmental impacts through design-led research. Her practice-based PhD entitled ‘Laser-finishing: a new process for designing recyclability in synthetic textiles’, re-imagined the way we could manufacture and re-manufacture textiles with a focus on ‘industrial ecology’ and 'life-cycle design'. Her current work continues to explore these themes, proposing more sustainable production systems for the textile industry, and pioneering design solutions for the recycling and reuse of polyesters.