Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Ms Sarah Taylor BA (Hons), PGDip, MPhil

Research Fellow

Biography

Sarah is a design practitioner and researcher with expertise in the area of smart, light-emitting textiles. Since her pioneering research investigating the properties of fibre optics for application within woven textile structures (1995) she has continued to innovate through the use of optical fibre, digital technologies and textile practice.

She has exhibited at national and international venues over the last 25 years including the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Haywood Gallery in London, the National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Kyoto in Japan. Her work has been shown in major exhibitions including, as a finalist nominee for the 2002 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Textiles and during the first touring exhibition of the V&A Dundee, Design in Motion (2015) which showcased award winning design work, Digital Lace (ICWC 2014). Her work is in public collections including the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Museum of Scotland, and has featured in prominent design publications including Art Textiles of the World Volume 3, Techno Textiles and two editions of the International Design Year Book.

Sarah has worked in design education for 20 years and as Reader at Heriot-Watt University and University of Brighton (2003 – 2011). She was Depute Research Director at Heriot-Watt with responsibility for coordinating the design submission for the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 and was a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Peer Review College.

She studied Textile Design at Winchester School of Art including 3 months at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Holland. Her degree work was awarded two prizes acknowledging innovation and creativity within the subject. She gained a Textile Institute Scholarship to undertake a postgraduate diploma in textile design at Heriot-Watt University and was funded by the university to undertake an MPhil research degree.

Research Areas

Esteem

External Examining/Validations

  • Open College of the Arts: BA (Hons) Textile Specialist
  • University for the Creative Arts, Farnham: BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors
  • University of Huddersfield, School of Art, Design & Architecture: MSc Textiles
  • University of the Arts, Chelsea College of Art & Design: BA (Hons) Constructed Textiles

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Most Innovative Textile
  • International Symposium of Wearable Computers Design Exhibition Jury Award: Fibre Art

 

Grant Reviewer

  • AHRC Peer Review College Member
  • EPSRC Reviewer

 

Invited Speaker

  • Light-emitting Workshop as part of China’s Creative Communities: Making Value and The Value(s) of Making: Makerversity, Somerset House.
  • Research presentation: Tainan Women’s College of Arts and Technology, Taiwan
  • 80th World Conference of the Textile Institute, Manchester
  • 2nd International Textile, Clothing and Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • A Twist in the Yarn, Technology Conference Publication, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Art of the Stitch Symposium, V&A Museum, London
  • Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Study Day, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
  • Invited guest lecturer, Tokyo Zokei University, Japan
  • eTextiles workshop: Generate Light and Energy, Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence
  • Fibre Optic Workshop in collaboration with Prof Reiko Sudo, Tokyo Zokei University, Japan
  • Fibreface Conference, Turku Polytechnic of Southwest Finland, Mynamaki
  • Research presentation: Zhongyuan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China
  • Research presentation: National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • The Otsuka Textile Design Institute, Tokyo
  • The Play of Light and Music on Fabric in Fashion Study Day, the Costume Society, Winchester School of Art
  • Pecha Kucha presentation: Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, London
  • The 12th European Textile Network Conference: New Technologies and Materials
  • WearComp-CommunicationWear Technology Symposium, Modeschule, Vienna
  • Vocabularies of Cloth Symposium, Jerwood 2002 speakers, Heriot-Watt University
  • Light Up Workshop, Craft Council's UK Digital Innovation in Craft event: Make:Shift:Do, University of Dundee.

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • Internal Examiner: The Investigation of hand woven products and motifs in the Sultanate of Oman in order to rejuvenate a local market.

 

Date


13 results

Collaborative Innovation: Reflections on Research for Smart Textiles in a Theatre and Performance Context

Conference Proceeding
Robertson, S., Taylor, S., & Bletcher, J. (2019)
Collaborative Innovation: Reflections on Research for Smart Textiles in a Theatre and Performance Context. https://doi.org/10.17028/rd.lboro.9741296.v1
This paper presents interdisciplinary research initiated through collaboration in the area of smart textiles, prompted by the Scottish Textile Industry’s 10-year Strategy (acc...

Lit Lace for Performance

Physical Artefact
Taylor, S. (2018)
Lit Lace for Performance
With Robertson, I initiated, developed and led, Lit Lace for Performance, a culmination of cross-disciplinary collaborative work which explored the development of responsive s...

Fashion & Style Gallery, National Museum of Scotland

Exhibition / Performance
Taylor, S. & Robertson, S. Fashion & Style Gallery, National Museum of Scotland. Exhibited at Fashion & Style Gallery, National Museum of Scotland. 6 July 2016 - 31 January 2150. (Unpublished)

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Taylor, S. & Robertson, S. Fashion & Style Gallery, National Museum of Scotland. Exhibited at Fashion & Style Gallery, National Museum of Scotland. 6 July 2016 - 31 January 2150. (Unpublished
A 3m high static image of award winning Digital Lace design work features as a permanent exhibit in one of the ten major new galleries opened in July 2016 as part of the Museu...

Light-emitting Lace: a textile and lighting modular system

Physical Artefact
Taylor, S., Robertson, S., & Innes, M. (2018)
Light-emitting Lace: a textile and lighting modular system
Light-emitting Lace is a textile lighting proof of concept modular system comprising woven optical fibre and textile illuminator and the result of two, Textile Future Forum (T...

Design in Motion, V&A Dundee Touring Exhibition

Exhibition / Performance
Taylor, S. & Robertson, S. Design in Motion, V&A Dundee Touring Exhibition. Exhibited at Dundee & Scottish tour incl. V&A London. 13 February 2015 - 21 June 2015. (Unpublished)

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Taylor, S. & Robertson, S. Design in Motion, V&A Dundee Touring Exhibition. Exhibited at Dundee & Scottish tour incl. V&A London. 13 February 2015 - 21 June 2015. (Unpublished
Award-winning Digital Lace design work (Taylor & Robertson: ISWC 2014) was one of six, digital exhibits selected for the first V&A Museum of Design Dundee’s Touring Exhibition...

Crysalis: The Revival of Textiles Exhibition, TIO3 Ronse

Exhibition / Performance
Taylor, S., & Robertson, S. Crysalis: The Revival of Textiles Exhibition, TIO3 Ronse. 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014. (Unpublished)

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Taylor, S., & Robertson, S. Crysalis: The Revival of Textiles Exhibition, TIO3 Ronse. 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014. (Unpublished
Award winning light and colour-changing textile, Digital Lace (ISWC 2014) was part of the showcase of textiles selected for the European funded Crysalis: The Revival of Textil...

International Symposium of Wearable Computers 2014 Exhibition, EMP Museum, Seattle

Exhibition / Performance
Taylor, S. & Robertson, S. International Symposium of Wearable Computers 2014 Exhibition, EMP Museum, Seattle. Exhibited at Seattle. 13 September 2014 - 17 September 2016. (Unpublished)

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Taylor, S. & Robertson, S. International Symposium of Wearable Computers 2014 Exhibition, EMP Museum, Seattle. Exhibited at Seattle. 13 September 2014 - 17 September 2016. (Unpublished
Digital Lace was selected for the International Symposium of Wearable Computers (ISWC), 2014 Design Exhibition, Seattle and won the ISWC 2014 Jury Award: Fibre Art. The work w...

Exemplary: 150 Years of the MAK from Arts and Crafts to Design, Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art Vienna

Exhibition / Performance
Taylor, S., Scholz, B., Hertenberger, A., Contrechoc, B., Stewart, B., Kurbak, E., …Nachtigall, T. R. Exemplary: 150 Years of the MAK from Arts and Crafts to Design, Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art Vienna. Exhibited at Vienna, Austria. 11 June 2014 - 5 October 2014. (Unpublished)

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Taylor, S., Scholz, B., Hertenberger, A., Contrechoc, B., Stewart, B., Kurbak, E., …Nachtigall, T. R. Exemplary: 150 Years of the MAK from Arts and Crafts to Design, Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art Vienna. Exhibited at Vienna, Austria. 11 June 2014 - 5 October 2014. (Unpublished
New research work (2012), Light-emitting Paper Strips was represented as part of a collaborative publication, E-Textile Swatch Exchange Swatchbook 2013 for the international e...

Hidden Stories, Dovecot Studios Edinburgh

Exhibition / Performance
Taylor, S. Hidden Stories, Dovecot Studios Edinburgh. Exhibited at Edinburgh, Scotland. 2 June 2012 - 8 June 2012. (Unpublished)

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Taylor, S. Hidden Stories, Dovecot Studios Edinburgh. Exhibited at Edinburgh, Scotland. 2 June 2012 - 8 June 2012. (Unpublished
Selected for Hidden Stories exhibition at the Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh showcasing the work of Creative Scotland con-TEXT residencies at Heriot-Watt University injunction wit...

Made In Future - A Vision Of Things To Come, House of Lords London

Exhibition / Performance
Taylor, S. Made In Future - A Vision Of Things To Come, House of Lords London. Exhibited at London. 11 June 2010 - 11 June 2010. (Unpublished)

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Taylor, S. Made In Future - A Vision Of Things To Come, House of Lords London. Exhibited at London. 11 June 2010 - 11 June 2010. (Unpublished
A Follow on showcase and reception at the House of Lords for the Made In Future UK event in Milan by the Materials KTN as part of a structural materials and the creative indus...

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Internal Examiner: Investigating Patterns, Motifs and the Reproduction Techniques of Ikat Limar
  • Main Supervisor: PhD An investigation of the design potential of thermochromic dyes systems on textiles used with electronics