17 Dec 2015
PhD student in the running for a national award
A textile designer and research student has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of her work to increase the efficiency of design processes.
Laura Morgan is currently exploring laser techniques used in textile surface design and has been nominated for an Arts Foundation Materials Innovation Award.
Laura is one of just four nominees for the award and if her work is chosen, she will receive £10,000 to support further research.
Her work, part of a collaborative research project at Loughborough University, is based on the idea that by offering alternative solutions to traditional textile wet processing – through dry laser technology – there is the potential to increase environmental sustainability. Techniques such as the laser-enhanced dyeing of wool and laser moulding of synthetic textiles offer bespoke or short-run production options with potential reductions in energy use, water and chemical effluent. Inital tests suggest a potential 54 per cent reduction in the energy used during dye production. The dyeing quality is also improved.
This research has allowed Laura to investigate options for sustainable design choices within the supply chain, an issue that she hopes to address through the application of these new technologies.
If Laura were to win the award she would focus on further developing opportunities both in terms of the application and aesthetics of the new laser design processes.
She said: "I am very pleased to have been nominated alongside such a strong shortlist."
The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony in London on 29 January 2016.
Good luck Laura!