While there are several researchers within TFRC who are leading their fields in innovative practice-based textile design work, TFRC also operates as an incubator for emerging researcher/designers who are developing their design practice both within the university and externally in a commercial context.
Two of these emerging researchers are Caroline Till (Senior Lecturer, Textile Futures MA/CSM) and Clara Vuletich (Research Assistant TED/CCW).
Caroline Till has a background in trends forecasting having worked as Design Editor at Future Laboratory for the past four years, and has recently set up her own creative consultancy with colleague Kate Franklin. FranklinTill are creative directors of bi-annual trends magazine Viewpoint, other clients include BeautyStreams.com, Institute of Materials and Mining, PR company Murray Weir Willats and The Future Laboratory. Through her work on the Textile Futures MA and her involvement with TFRC, Caroline is able to offer a unique perspective on the research work being done within TFRC and its value to industry.
Aside from her work within TED at CCW, Clara Vuletich is a designer/maker producing hand and digital printed wallpaper and textiles, and is also part of bricolage, a collective of textile designers who 'craft objects and craft experiences'. bricolage was formed to explore the different roles that textile designers could play both as craft makers and as 'purveyors' of textile knowledge. A large part of their work is running workshops on creative upcycling and textile skills and they have worked with organisations including Transition Town Brixton, New Economics Foundation, The Fashion and Textile Museum and the Crafts Council.
Top image: bricolage