Professor Rebecca Earley

Trained as a printed textile designer (BA Hons, Loughborough, 1992) and fashion print designer (MA, Central Saint Martins, 1994), Becky set up the B.Earley studio in 1995 with support from the Prince's Trust, Arts Council and the Crafts Council. Her 1999-2000 low-impact, exhaust printed recycled PET fleece textiles received two nominations for the Oxo Peugeot Design Awards. Her creative textile and fashion work has been widely exhibited over the last twenty years - her prints and garments are collected by museums across the globe including MFIT in New York and the V&A and Crafts Council in London.

22 years later, she is now a design researcher at University of the Arts London and an industry consultant. She divides her working life between Central Saint Martins where she is Director of TFRC, Chelsea College of Arts where she is a principal and co researcher in TED, and Sweden where she is key part of the research consortium work for MISTRA Future Fashion and the EU Horizon 20202 project, Trash-2-Cash. She is also a judge for the Global Change Award, (H&M Foundation) and was previously nominated for the prestigious Morgan Stanley Great Britain Award in 2006, for her contribution to the field of sustainable fashion textiles (Creative Industries category).

Becky's approach is research-informed practice which encompasses making materials and prototypes, writing and exhibition curation. She is a skilled workshop facilitator and communicator, specialising in the translation of cross disciplinary design-led research into commercial contexts for sustainable fashion textiles. Becky particularly enjoys the challenge of educating and inspiring all kinds of audiences into more sustainable choices and actions towards a circular future.

Industry Clients

Please contact Becky for information about her client list.

PhD Supervision

Becky currently supervises PhD researchers who are exploring a range of approaches to sustainable textile design and material innovation:

  • Textiles for Dissassembly (TfD) (Laetitia Forst)
  • Science design lab collaboration for regenerated circular materials (Miriam Ribul)
  • Slow textiles and making for political action social wellbeing (Bridget Harvey)
  • Designing volume recycled fashion for closed loop manufacturing (Emmeline Child)
  • The role of the textile craft practitioner and the transformation of the self and the social context (Clara Vuletich).

Becky's first completions are Dr Kate Goldsworthy (laser finishing for mono material textiles, 2013) and Dr Jen Ballie (the textile designer as co-design facilitator towards more sustainable consumption, 2014).

Find out more about Becky's work at:

www.trash2cashproject.eu

www.upcyclingtextiles.net

www.textiletoolbox.com

www.tedresearch.net

www.tfrc.org.uk