Augusta Philippou

Augusta Philippou

Pronouns: She/her

MA Textiles Design Innovation (Nottingham Trent University)
BA Textiles Innovation and Design (Loughborough University)

  • Doctoral Researcher

Augusta studied her BA in Textiles, Innovation and Design at Loughborough University before working as a knitted accessories designer for a range of commercial customers. After working in the high street fashion industry for a few years, she was motivated to reconnect with slow textiles practice and completed her MA in Textiles Design Innovation at Nottingham Trent University; specialising in print with embroidery.

Work during her masters took inspiration from the process of aging, examining the way memory can become embedded into the fibres of materials. She designed samples and compiled research promoting engagement with materials and the sentimentality of making. Exploring the transformative qualities of textiles during workshops for community groups of people living with dementia. Observing the way that textiles processes could be used to strengthen social connections and reduce feelings of social isolation in participants.

Currently based in the Midlands, she is undertaking a PhD at Loughborough University. Also, working as a visiting tutor on the Textiles Design BA at Loughborough, a freelance embroidery assistant Alexander McQueen and as a visiting print tutor for Leicester Print Workshop.

Thesis title: Can the use of repetitive textiles processes improve well-being to become an alternative model of treatment; aiming to prevent cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Research within her PhD aims to outline the benefits of exploring repetitive textiles interventions as an effective model of treatment for Dementia. In order to reduce chances of further cognitive decline Alzheimer’s Disease by reducing stress, anxiety, and social isolation and monitoring cortisol levels in the brain.

Supervisors: Dr Chetna Prajapati, Dr Kerri Akiwowo and Dr David Maidment.