Professor Rebecca Earley
Trained as a printed textile designer (BA Hons, Loughborough, 1992) and fashion print designer (MA, Central Saint Martins, 1994), Becky is now a design researcher and award-winning research team leader at University of the Arts London. She is based at Chelsea College of Arts where she is Co-Director of Centre for Circular Design (CCD).
Becky set up her B.Earley London-based studio in 1995 with support from the Prince's Trust, Arts Council and the Crafts Council, to create her award-winning low-impact, exhaust printed textiles. Her creative fashion textile 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, RISD Museum, as well as the V&A and Crafts Council in London.
Becky's practice research encompasses making materials and prototypes, exhibition curation and writing. She is also a highly skilled workshop facilitator and communicator, specialising in the translation of cross disciplinary design-led research into commercial contexts for sustainable fashion textiles and other fields. She particularly enjoys the challenge of educating and inspiring all kinds of audiences into more sustainable choices and actions towards circular futures.
Becky is interested in materials, process and social innovation through design and currently advises and supports the work of many organisations, including: the EPSRC; C&A Foundation; The Arts Foundation; Global Change Award (H&M Foundation, 2015-9); The Design Journal (Editorial Committee, 2019-).
In the past she has also supported: EcoChic Design Awards, Redress (2011-14); Creative Conscious Awards (2013); ReFashion Awards, Ethical Fashion Forum (2008); Anti Apathy, Futerra (2008); The Better Thinking Perfect T-Shirt Competition (2008); Make Your Mark In Fashion (2008); Fashioning an Ethical Industry, Labour Behind the Label, steering committee (2006); Texprint (2005); Crafts Council Selection Committee, textiles (2000-3); London Printworks Trust User committee member (1994-2006).
Becky has delivered consultancy / special projects for: EY (Spain); Eurecat (Spain); H&M (Sweden); Filippa K (Sweden); Kappahl (Sweden); VF Corp (USA); Puma (Germany); Material Connexions (Italy); Premiere Vision (Paris); Sloggi (Switzerland); PPR (Paris); Sustainable Fashion Academy (Sweden); ARUP (UK).
Her creative textile print work has been commissioned by Bjork; Damien Hirst; Leon Paul (London); Whistles (London); Liberty (London); Harvey Nichols (London); Barneys (New York); Brown Thomas (Dublin); Lawler Duffy Shoes (London); Viaduct Furniture (London); The Showroom (London).
TED Team: Textile Institute Sustainability Award (2014); UAL Sustainability Award (2013); EFF Source Awards, (2012)
Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC): Design Week, Best Editorial (TFRC’s Material Futures 01., 2013)
Contribution to Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Morgan Stanley Great Britain Award (Creative Industries category nomination, 2006); Peugeot Design Awards (Exhaust Printed rPET Scarves, 1999; Top 100 Shirts, 2001)
Fashion Textile Design: Marks and Spencer New Generation Award, British Fashion Council (London Fashion Week, February 1996); PYBT Silver Medal, Birmingham Gift Show. Presented by HRH Prince Charles (1995); Princes Youth Business Trust (1995); Crafts Council Setting Up Grant (1995); TexPrint, Interstoff, Frankfurt, Germany (1994)
Funded Research Projects
Becky recently completed 8 years of funded research with RISE on the MISTRA Future Fashion programme; as well as the EU Horizon 2020 project, Trash-2-Cash. She was previously Principle Investigator on two AHRC projects - Worn Again (2005-9) and 5Ways (2002-3). She was also a co-Investigator on FIRE Up (2012-14).
Becky has received funding for her creative work from the Arts Council (Means of Production, 2000; Year of the Artist, 2000); London Arts Board (Individual Artists award, 1999; 1996); Eden Project, Cornwall (1999-2002); Public Arts Commissions Agency (1998).
Becky currently supervises four UAL PhD researchers who are exploring a range of approaches to sustainable textile design and material innovation:
Repair Thinking (Bridget Harvey)
Blending In (Cathryn Hall)
Textiles for Disassembly (TfD) (Laetitia Forst)
Fallout Fashion (Emmeline Child)
Becky's completions include Dr Kate Goldsworthy (laser finishing for mono material textiles, 2013); Dr Jen Ballie (the textile designer as co-design facilitator towards more sustainable consumption, 2014); Dr Clara Vuletich (The Transitionary Textile Designer: the role of the textile craft practitioner and the transformation of the self and the social context, 2017). She also supervised Miriam Ribul’s PhD between 2015-17.
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