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INTERSECTIONS // Collaborations in Textile Design Research

Loughborough University London // 13 September 2017

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

For more information on the Loughborough University Textile Design Research Group see the Textile Design Research Group information booklet



INTERSECTIONS Full Papers (in alphabetical order of first author)

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An exhibition of work arising from collaborations curated by the Textile Design Research Group at Loughborough University and Loughborough University Arts was shown on 13-14 September at Loughborough University London alongside the one-day INTERSECTIONS Conference on 13 September 2017.

The INTERSECTIONS exhibition catalogue is available here.

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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

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