More about Martha
Research Project: A qualitative design approach to creating weft-knitted technical textiles: A case study in auxetic fabrics
"My project is interdisciplinary working across both the School of Art & Design and the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. Using my experience and knowledge in knit design I aim to come up with a design approach to making functional textiles. I am looking at how technical textiles are made as currently this doesn't always involve traditional design knowledge or considerations.
"Before I started my PhD I was working as a Senior Technician at the University. I found transferring my knowledge to the students really enjoyable. I decided to do a PhD so I could enhance these skills and I hope to go back into an academic institution as a lecturer in the future.
"NTU has wonderful facilities and there is nowhere better to study knitwear. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, which has been very important to me. I've had access to research and theoretical training, which is really interesting and gave me the chance to look at my project in a different way. Having an office specifically for PhD students means we can work alongside each other whilst having all the IT facilities and support we need. I know that if I need something then the team will do their best to make it available for me and that's really great to know.
"NTU has a great city-based location, excellent facilities and a good blend of staff and subjects. Nottingham itself is a really lively creative city with a lot going on. I would definitely recommend doing a PhD here."