An exploration into the possibilities of 3D printing being used to create a closed loop embellishment method onto textiles

  "This PhD project intends to address the ecological impact of the waste that can be caused by discarding goods at the end of a garments life cycle. Currently, 3D printing is used in a fashion context for novelty rather than to approach any issues around sustainability. By creating embellished textiles using 3D printing - and utilising biodegradable cellulosic materials that can be returned to the soil. This research aims to develop a design approach for extending the user life of fashion textile products.

Through this practice led investigation, there is emphasis on the techniques and their aesthetic appeal; and the usability/viability of the processes, so that it may be a real alternative to current practices. The outputs were tested for their strength of adhesion, in addition to their potential visual attributes. Initial findings from the research at this stage show that there is potential to develop this technique, aesthetically and structurally, for wider use within the mainstream fashion and textiles industry.

  • Dates:

    2014 to date

  • Qualification:

    Doctorate (PhD)

Project Team