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INTERSECTIONS // Collaborations in Textile Design Research

Loughborough University London // 13 September 2017

INTERSECTIONS is a one-day conference with exhibition of work organised by the Textile Design Research Group at Loughborough University exploring collaborations in textile design research to be held at Loughborough University London on 13 September 2017.

Register through the online booking store.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to announce our Keynote speakers:

  Annie Warburton is Creative Director at the Crafts Council, where she leads on exhibitions, education, and research. Recent exhibitions include The New Materiality, Basel 2017; States of Play, Hull UK City of Culture 2017; Nature Lab, Design Miami/Basel 2016; and Real to Reel – the Craft Film Festival, London Craft Week 2016-17.  Annie also directs Crafts Council’s innovation programme, including the biennial international conference  Make:Shift, and the 2017 Innovation through Craft research report with KPMG. She began her career at the Crafts Council of Ireland. Before joining the Crafts Council, she was CEO of ArtsMatrix and Head of Partnership at Creative Skillset.  She is an Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge.
  Jessica Hemmings is the Professor of Crafts & Vice-Prefekt of Research at the Academy of Design & Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Jessica writes about textiles. She studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA (Honors) in 1999 and Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, earning an MA (Distinction) in 2000. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2006, is published by kalliope paperbacks under the title Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008). She has taught at Central Saint Martins, Rhode Island School of Design, Winchester School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. In 2010 she edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now published by Black Dog and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg) and wrote Warp & Weft  (Bloomsbury). Her most recent editorial and curatorial project, Cultural Threads, is a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2015) accompanied by a travelling exhibition Migrations. From 2012-2016 Jessica was Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She is currently Professor of Crafts & Vice-Prefekt of Research at the Academy of Design & Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


Our call for papers has returned an international response of case studies which reveal connections and interdisciplinary collaborations furthering research in the field of textile design.  

Registration will be from 9am and the Conference will start at 10am.  The full programme will be available here soon.  The Exhibition Preview will be from 6pm – 8pm. 

Contributions address the following areas of collaboration:


Textile collaborations with industry


Textile collaborations for wellbeing


Textile collaborations with practitioners and artisans


Textile collaborations with archives


Textile collaborations with science



An exhibition of work arising from collaborations will be shown on 13 - 14 September at Loughborough University London.

Register to attend the Exhibition Preview on 13 September at 6pm here

An exhibition of work arising from collaborations curated by the Textile Design Research Group at Loughborough University and Loughborough University Arts will be shown on 13 - 14 September at Loughborough University London.  This will be shown alongside the one-day INTERSECTIONS Conference on 13 September.

Register to attend the Exhibition Preview on 13 September at 6pm here

More information on exhibitors will be shown here

Loughborough University London is located on Queen Elizabeth Park, site of the 2012 Olympics, in Stratford, East London.


For information on travel to Queen Elizabeth Park, please see Loughborough University London's webpages, which include maps and directions.


There are many hotels located close to Queen Elizabeth Park, including: 

Premier Inn


Holiday Inn Express



**Other hotels are available, including links to these hotels does not consitute an endorsement on the part of the organisers

Book your place to attend INTERSECTIONS via our online booking store

£125 early bird and speakers’ rate (available until 13 August 2017)

£150 standard rate

£100 PhD students (limited places)

INTERSECTIONS is interested in case studies which reveal unusual connections and cross- or interdisciplinary collaborations furthering research in the field of textiles and textile design.  How are these initiated? What makes a successful collaboration leading to innovative research? What are the issues? Why collaborate?

Topics may include

  • Collaborations with society, industry, institutions
  • Applied textile thinking
  • Materials
  • Processes
  • Integrated digital practice
  • Craft, hands-on design, hand processes
  • Emerging technologies
  • SMART, functional, wearable, interactive textiles
  • Well-being
  • Sustainability

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and accepted authors will be invited to submit full papers (3000-5000 words) by 31 May 2017. Conference contributors may be invited to submit to a Special Issue of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice.

The exhibition will show work which demonstrates textile design research through collaboration and cross/interdisciplinary practice. This could be practice resulting from collaboration, a collection of research samples illustrating a conference submission or collaborative research.

Key dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts **Extended until 10 March 2017**
Notification of acceptance of abstracts 17 March 2017
Deadline for submission of full papers 31 May 2017
Deadline for exhibition proposals 31 May 2017
Deadline for submission of exhibition work 31 August 2017              


For paper presentations: a 200-300 word abstract for a conference contribution with a 100 word author biography no later than 28 February 2017 to

For exhibition application: a 200-300 word proposal of work with up to 4 related images (maximum size 1MB) and a 100 word artist biography no later than 31 May 2017 to

For enquiries, please contact