Creative Arts


Dr Janette Matthews

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Lecturer in Textiles

Dr Janette Matthews is a Lecturer in Textiles. She was awarded her PhD, Textiles in Three Dimensions: An investigation into processes employing laser technology to form design-led three dimensional textiles in 2011. Taking up her post at Loughborough University in 2016, Janette contributes to studio teaching on BA (Hons) Textiles: Innovation and Design.

Janette’s cross-disciplinary research involves a combination of craft and digital technologies.  This currently includes research into pleating and the application of laser processing to develop design-led textile processes and artefacts.  She is also interested in the interface between mathematics and art/textiles.

Janette is a founder editor of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice.  This international peer reviewed journal aims to create a forum to facilitate, stimulate and disseminate research in the field of textile design and practice encompassing a range of approaches, disciplines and outcomes.

With a first degree in mathematics, Janette has worked to improve students’ learning and confidence with numeracy.  She authored and delivered Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace implemented on the FutureLearn platform.

SAA 611 Visual Research for Textiles

Current research projects include:

  • An analysis of textile pleating
  • Processes to create three-dimensional woven textiles
  • Mathematical knot theory and knotted textiles, a collaborative project with Dr Nithikul Nimkulrat, Estonian Academy of Arts