Bibi Samshad Duman

Pronouns: She/her
  • Doctoral Researcher

Bibi Samshad Duman is a Textile-Design Educator and Graphic Lecturer. Researcher with a background in Fashion Design, Graphics, Textile Weaving-Knitting and Collaborative Creativity. She completed her Master in Design Innovation & Collaboration Creativity, Innovation School in 2020 at the Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow (Scotland) with a practice-based thesis on Collaborating for a Zero-Waste Fashion Community. The project explored fabric construction methods with a view to reduce the wasting of tons of luxury Scottish textile scraps that are dumped into the landfills. It involved engaging stakeholders and collaborators in the process of designing, making and testing of textiles, in conjunction with strategically up-cycling fabric remnants sourced from local textile mill- Johnston's of Elgin. The approach to up-cycling treated the textile source as laden with Information that could guide the forming of new fabrics out of textile waste. The project was based on the argument that these kind of industrial waste can have meaningful outlets and can be brought to life as new materials instead of being put to waste. It resulted from a series of weaving and textiles design techniques applied for testing applicability in new products, including footwear manufacturing. The testing of a number of samples in footwear occurred in the context of a wider collaboration, including the Anti-Amnesia project (funded by FCT) based at ID+.


2007-2010: BSc (Hons) in Textiles and Fashion Design, University of Mauritius
2011: Educator License, Mauritius Institute of Education
2013 - 2015: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Mauritius Institute of Education
2019 - 2020: MDES in Design Innovation and Collaborative Creativity, Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow
2020 - 2021: Level 1-3 Certificate of Achievement Scottish Innovative Student Award Programme, Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Title of thesis: A strategic Design Approach in Revitalising Local Weaving.

Awareness has grown over the last few years of the real cost of creating new textiles. Studies of textile production methods across the world have particularly highlighted multitude issues surrounding the production of textiles and its disposal. This pose a new challenge for designers to re-interpret crafts based on contemporary aesthetic and functional needs/values to meet the evolving demands of target market (Press & Cusworth, 1997). As such, this investigation centres around the environmental considerations of contemporary textile/design practices, and how using the concept of up-cycling will be influencing contemporary textile practitioners in the way they work with, source and process this material. It looks at how attitudes to recycling and reuse are evolving and how the choices textile practitioners make can help into reducing environmental impact in their work.

Supervisors: Dr Gurpinar Avsar and Dr Tincuta Heinzel.