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Futurescan: mapping the territory is a new book produced by the ftc, Association of Courses in Fashion & Textiles, following the Futurescan conference in Liverpool , 17th – 18th November 2009. The conference provided the opportunity to stimulate debate around the scope of fashion and textiles current initiatives, global perspectives and to consider future directions, bringing together educators, researchers and industry professionals. The book offers informed and expert views from a range of perspectives, including keynote presentations and peer reviewed academic research papers. Also included are abstracts of new and emerging research presented at the conference. It is co-edited by Kerry Walton, Textiles Research Group, The School of the Arts Loughborough University

Title: Futurescan: Mapping the territory
ISBN number  978 1 907382 30 7

‘Mapping the territory’ Research Project
In addition to the conference and book,   research was commissioned by the Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses (http://www.fashion-textiles.org.uk/) to better understand the nature and scope of fashion and textile provision in the Higher Education sector in the UK.  It sought to identify how provision has changed, approaches and strategies that are adopted and future opportunities and challenges.  It was conducted by Janette Matthews, Textiles Research Group, The School of the Arts, Loughborough University and reported in July 2010.

Heritage Cashmere & Laser Processing
The project took place between December 2008 and March 2009, and was funded by a MADE (Materials & Design Exchange) Spark Award. This was collaboration between staff in the School of the Arts, Kerry Walton, Janette Matthews, Wendy Maw and Heritage Cashmere of Halifax. Heritage specialise in the creative design, development and supply of bespoke cashmere accessories and knitwear to luxury fashion houses, prestigious brands and quality retailers all over the world, and were looking to develop laser processing of their cashmere products.
The objective of the project was to create textiles with ‘designed in’ qualities which would respond to laser finishing, creating innovative 3D textured and patterned fabrics. There had been little research into the development of textiles constructed specifically for laser application and cashmere products and where it has been applied, drawbacks such as a weakening in the end product and heavy scorch marks on the material following application of the laser technology were problematic. The project yielded some extremely exciting results for both the School of the Arts and Heritage Cashmere.




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