Sophie’s practice-led project aims to use 3D manufacturing technology to create aesthetic, functional and sustainable materials for the 21st century. Her PhD will creatively explore novel materials and fabrication methods, including materials from sustainable sources, for aesthetic and functional use. Her research practice includes the use of hand-looms and the digital jacquard loom at Falmouth University working in tandem with the digital fabrication facilities in the CFPR unit for material development and exploration.
Sophie’s specialism is in woven design and innovation. After graduating from Falmouth University with a First Class in BA Textile Design Sophie went onto research the ancient technique of Peruvian back-strap weaving in Peru. She then undertook a Masters in Textiles at the Royal College of Art (RCA) where her interest in material properties and woven structure took a different direction through collaborations with engineers and architects. Since graduating from the RCA in 2014, Sophie produced concept materials for the vehicle industry and took up a residency at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce for The Great Recovery Project. Here Sophie worked with FabLab London and The Great Recovery to explore 3D printing woven structures for the circular economy.
Supervision Team: Professor Stephen Hoskins (Director of Studies), Sarah Braddock-Clarke