Dorothy Hardy

Dorothy Hardy

Research Fellow

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Dorothy is working on the design and testing of electronic yarns that perform a wide variety of sensing and output functions, including lighting. She is developing ways to incorporate these novel yarns into both practical and entertaining applications including clothing, costumes and artworks. These can be used in many areas, including medicine, sport and art.

Career overview

Dorothy works on the border between engineering and art. Her qualifications in both areas provide a strong basis for inventive design and presentation of new and developing technology. This has been recognised by awards such as the Michael Ventris Memorial Award from the Architectural Association and the student category of the 2013 Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement at Heriot-Watt University.

Dorothy’s career has involved work on sustainable energy generation. This included development of methods of integrating solar cells into decorative glazing.

Research areas

Design, fabrication, testing and construction with electronic yarns

Practical and artistic applications for electronic yarns

Sustainable use of electronic yarns

Use of photovoltaics (solar cells) in artistic applications

Use of art to convey research concepts

External activity

Brazilian dance, including use of electronic textiles in dance performance.

Sponsors and collaborators

As a member of the Advanced Textiles Research Group, Dorothy liaises with suppliers of materials and machinery to develop the group’s research.

Dorothy is also collaborating with Professor Graham H. Turner at Heriot-Watt University, on illumination for signed languages.

Press expertise

Electronic textiles
Artistic use of solar cells
Use of art to convey research concepts