Jenny Pinski is a Lecturer in Textiles, a member of the Textile Design Research Group and is based in the Creative Arts. Her PhD, Weave as a method of sandal design: Innovation through a hands-on approach, relates to her research interests in woven textiles and footwear design. Prior to starting at Loughborough Jenny spent a number of years in the footwear industry. During this time she designed and developed shoes for an international brand along with providing colour and trend research. Jenny’s educational background lies in woven textile design and she holds a first class honours degree in this discipline. Her expertise in footwear and textiles inform her current research which investigates the application of hands-on textile design approaches to commercial sandal design. More broadly, Jenny’s research interests revolve around hands-on/craft-based approaches to design and the application of textile approaches in other disciplines such as product design. Other interests include, but are not limited to, the role of design practice in academic research. Jenny uses her experience and skills as a practitioner to engage in practice-based research, the outcomes of which she has exhibited internationally and presented at national and international conferences.