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Professor Katherine Townsend Inaugural Lecture

Designing the Social Fabric; from the Lace Market to Lake Atitlán

Katherine Townsend
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Professor Katherine Townsend will discuss her research into designing, making and writing about fashion and textiles throughout her career as an academic, educator and designer. The connecting thread in her practice is a commitment to creative collaboration with individuals and groups, operating at the edges of the fashion system, whose innovative, inclusive, design methodologies often challenge the current growth model.

  • From: Thursday 12 January 2023, 5.30 pm
  • To: Thursday 12 January 2023, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Friday 6 January 2023, 7.00 pm
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Professor Townsend explores how the sustainable crafting of our clothing and environment can benefit from a greater understanding of embodied knowledge and skills, learnt through participatory engagement in socio-cultural, local and global contexts.

Dr Katherine Townsend is Professor of Fashion and Textile Practice in the Nottingham School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University. Katherine’s early career as a printed fashion designer informed her PhD, Transforming Shape. Her ongoing research explores connections between sustainability, clothing and social innovation. Current projects respond to the impact of the pandemic on artisanal textile making in Guatemala (GCRF) and issues experienced by nurses when treating patients with Covid-19 by ‘Redesigning PPE Gowns’ (AHRC). She is co-editor of the journal of Craft Research (Intellect, 2008-) and lead editor of Crafting Anatomies: Archives, Dialogues, Fabrications (Bloomsbury, 2020).


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Lecture Theatre 4
Newton building
Goldsmith Street


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