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Dr Elaine Igoe

Senior Lecturer

Elaine Igoe


A research active academic with over 15 years of experience in lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My textile and fashion designs have been featured in leading publications including Elle Decoration and International Textiles.  I have exhibited, sold and presented my practice and research in Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin and the USA as well as at London Fashion Week and I am a Texprint alumna. I also have experience in styling and art direction with clients such as the BBC and independent film makers.

Research Interests

My work, both practice-based and theoretical, has always taken an approach that is experimental and conceptual; questioning and exploring the innate and typical characteristics of textiles, materials and cloth, particularly in the context of the body.

I adopt materials, texts and processes, often from beyond the expected and adapt and innovate with them to create new surfaces, fabrications and texts. In the past I have created embroidered textile transfers for skin, magnetised cloth coated in iron giving the effect of needlecord and astrakhan, and used animal hair and silk in the electrostatic flocking process.  My theoretical work in design research utilises feminist qualitative research methods, exploring relationality through storytelling, autoethnography and metaphor. My work both commentates on and aims to establish the position of textile design with the design research discourses and academic community, through the development of textile theory. 

I have acted as an external adviser for doctoral students at the University of Portsmouth, the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art and Design. I hold a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and am a full member of The Textile Society and the Design Research Society. 

I am the Research and Innovation Group Lead for Fashion, Textiles and Material Futures at the University of Portsmouth.

I am keen to hear from all potential PhD and MPhil candidates and have specific interests in supervising projects in following areas;

- design research, design theory, design studies, design process and pedagogy across all disciplines

- material innovation and data visualisation through textile and craft methodologies

- circular design, transition design and design for sustainability in fashion and textiles

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