Integral to the TFRC remit is enabling the development of PhD students and emerging researchers. The first TFRC Studentship was launched in 2008, sponsored by Neals Yard Remedies and was awarded to Jen Ballie, who is now in her third year of study. The title of the project is 'E-co-Textiles Design' and is exploring co-design for textile and fashion design, using on-line digital platforms.
Due to the TFRC structure, the supervisory team has come from all three of the colleges that make up TFRC - Becky Earley (Director of Studies) and Kay Politowicz from TED/CCW, Dr Jane Harris (formerly at CSM, now Professor of Design, Kingston) and Philip Delamore (LCF).
This has meant that Jen has benefited from a range of expertise and experience that covers digital textiles, sustainable design and workshop methodologies.
The first two years of Jen's research saw her mapping the territory of what co-design is and what it means in a fashion/textile design context.
This year sees Jen begin a series of participatory co-design workshops with design students, graduates and consumers. More information on these can be found here.