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Jane Scott

Senior Teaching Fellow

0113 343 3777

3.01 Clothworkers South

BA (Leeds), PGCLTHE (Leeds), MA (Manchester Metropolitan) PhD (Central Saint Martins, The University of The Arts, London)

Jane Scott is a constructed textile designer; her core interests are programmable material systems, responsive textiles, knit fabric structure, knit technology, and biomimicry. She has recently completed her PhD, Programmable Knitting, through the Textile Futures Research Centre, at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. The thesis demonstrates how, using a biomimicry methodology, knitted fabric can be engineered to produced environmentally responsive, shape change behaviours. She is a Senior Teaching Fellow in The School of Design, teaching on the BA Textile Design programme. Her work has been exhibited at recent international exhibitions including Restless Futures, (London Design Festival 2014) and Posthuman Frontiers, (Ann Arbor Michigan, 2016).

Biography

Jane Scott is a Senior Teaching Fellow in The School of Design; teaching across all levels of the BA Textile Design Programme. A constructed textile designer, her core interests are; programmable material systems, responsive textiles, knit fabric structure, knit technology, and biomimicry. She has recently completed her PhD, Programmable Knitting, through the Textile Futures Research Centre, at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. The thesis demonstrates how, using a biomimicry methodology, knitted fabric can be engineered to produced environmentally responsive, shape change behaviours. Previous funded research includes the development of novel applications for seamless knit technology, using Shima Seiki knitting machines. A fascination with materials is fundamental to her work, and current research explores the potential for natural fibres to exhibit smart behaviours. Her work has been published widely; both as research papers and through exhibition work. Her work has been exhibited at recent international exhibitions including Restless Futures, (London Design Festival 2014) and Posthuman Frontiers, (Ann Arbor Michigan, 2016). She has presented research papers at international conferences on these areas of interest, most recently winning the Autodesk ACADIA emerging research award 2016 for her project Programmable Knitting at ACADIA2016 Posthuman Frontiers, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jane studied for her first degree in Textile Design with French, at The University of Leeds, completed MA Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University and undertook the PGCLTHE teaching qualification at The University of Leeds. Before joining The School of Design Jane worked as a knitwear designer in highstreet knitwear, and knitted accessory design.

As a knitted textile designer the focus of her practice is the design of environmentally responsive knitted textiles. Jane’s work has been exhibited in various UK exhibitions and included in recent publications; The Linen book (CELC Masters of Linen, 2012) Material Futures (TFRC, 2013) and Restless Futures, (CSM, 2014). 

Website: www.responsiveknit.com

Exhibition work includes:

  • Programmable Knitting: Posthuman Frontiers, ACADIA2016, The University of Michigan, October-November 2016.
  • Configure: Clothworkers South, The University of Leeds, Summer 2016.
  • Mutate: Responsive Knitted Textiles: RTD: Research Through Design, Microsoft Research Centre, The University of Cambridge March 2015.
  • Colonise: Leeds Dock, Leeds, February 2015.
  • Mutate: Responsive Textiles, Restless Futures, Lethaby Gallery, CSM, London Design Festive, 2014.
  • Knitted Hygromorph: Purls By the Sea, Belfry Arts Centre, Norfolk, 2011.
  • Transformable Textiles, Knit Happens, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough, 2010.
  • Dynamic Textiles, Ephemeral Knitting, Merton House, Leeds 2009.
  • Knit Spirals, Re-development, City House, Leeds, 2008.

Research Interests

Jane’s core research interests are; programmable material systems, responsive textiles, knitted fabric design, knit technology, and biomimicry. Jane has recently completed her PhD through The Textiles Futures Research Centre, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Her Director of Studies was Professor Carole Collet.

Her research uses biomimetic models to inform the design of environmentally responsive, knitted textiles. This work re-examines the constituent components of knit fabrics, in order to engineer smart behaviours into knitted textiles without using electronics or smart synthetic materials. A fascination with materials is fundamental to her work, she is particularly interested in the inherent properties of natural fibres within knit design applications. She has recently designed RKS (the responsive knit system), which outlines a programmable material system for the design of responsive knitted fabrics.

Jane has previously undertaken funded research investigating novel applications for seamless knit design in Healthcare. This work focused on a shift in the relationship between design and technology, emphasising the importance of design as a means to innovate using knit technology. This research was undertaken in conjunction with commercial partners, to develop appropriate solutions for healthcare applications.

Textile Futures Research Centre www.tfrc.org.uk

Teaching

As a Senior Teaching Fellow Jane has extensive teaching experience. She has experience of designing modules, delivering content, assessment and administration for both lecture programmes and practice based enquiry.

Jane is Module Manager for DESN1560, DESN1561, and DESN2564; textile design practice modules. She is responsible for the design, delivery, assessment and administration of these modules within the BA Textile Design programme. DESN1560 and DESN1561 are delivered to all level 1 BA Textile Design students as an introduction to structured textile processes. This module comprises lectures and studio practice. DESN2564 is delivered to all level 2 BA Textile Design Students and supports the development of specialist skills through a broad, conceptually driven design brief. Jane runs lecture programmes for the module and leads the teaching team responsible for studio classes.

Jane also teaches on , DESN2565, DESN3566, DESN3342. In these modules Jane provides specialist teaching for structured textile design students implementing a wide range of technologies including Shima Seiki computerised knitting technologies.

Responsibilities

Library Representative for School of Design

Publications

Journal articles

  • Scott J (2012) “Knitting Moves: Bio-inspired Transformable Textiles for Knitted Architecture”, Studies in Material Thinking de Freitas N; Hallnäs L (eds.). 7

Chapters

  • Scott JC (2017) “Programmable Knitting”, In: Active Matter. Mit Press.

Conference papers

  • Scott J, Gaston E (2017) Inflection: Assembling Interdisciplinary Material Knowledge using Knitted Fabric Construction. Intersections: A conference exploring collaboration in textile design research Proceedings: Proceedings Loughborough University.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/123391/

  • Scott J (2016) Programmable Knitting. ACADIA 2016 Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines Proceedings: Acadia 2016 Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines: Projects Catalog of the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture Acadia Publishing Company.: 276-281.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/106974/

  • Scott JC (2015) Mutate: The Evolution of a Rssponsive Knit Design System. RTD2015 Proceedings: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/pfigshare-u-files/1967073/RTD201505DAY1AMScott262.pdf

  • Scott J (2013) HIERARCHY IN KNITTED FORMS: ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIVE TEXTILES FOR ARCHITECTURE. Proceedings: ACADIA 2013: ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE : 361-365.

  • Scott JC (2011) Seamless Performance: Designer as Mediator for knitted Medical Textile Innovation. The Endless End, 9th International European Academy of Design Conference

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC (2009) Ephemeral Knitting. Arts in Society 2009

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC (2008) The experiential experiment: Is Design Education sustainable in a changing university environment. Changing The Change

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC (2007) E-Solutions By Design. Proceedings: Flux: Design Education in a Changing World Design Education Forum of Southern Africa.

  • Scott JC (2007) An Investigation Into the Changing Roles of Structure and Surface in Knitted Fabric Design with Reference to Architectural Practice. Arts Textrina Proceedings: Ars Textrina

  • Scott JC (2007) An Investigation into Why Students Struggle to Visualise Fabric Outcomes from constiuent yarns: Can Technology (wiht reference to CAD/CAM systems) Help to Improve Visualisation Skills?. The Teachers Academy Proceedings: The Teachers Academy Papers, ISBN 978-1-905593-07-1 European League of the Arts, Art Design Subject Centre, CLTAD.

  • Scott JC (2006) An Investigation Into the Role of CAD/CAM Technologies in Enhancing The Creative Process of Knitted Fabric Design. Ars Textrina/ CAA Joint International Conference Proceedings: Proceedings of Ars Textrina/CAA Joint International Conference

  • Beverley KJ, Banyard GD, Cassidy T, Scott J (2005) The Use of Melange Technology to Simulate Solid Colour in a Range of Worsted Yarns. 11th International Wool Research Conference. 4th-9th September 2005. The University of Leeds.. Proceedings: 11th International Wool Research Conference 11th International Wool Research Conference.

Exhibitions

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC Re-Development.

  • Scott J, Gaston EA Knit: Design: Research.

  • Manninger S ACADIA2016 Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines.

  • Gaston EA, Scott JC Ephemeral knitting.

Research Projects & Grants

2011 Clothworkers Innovation Fund,  Academic Lead

Student Award

Academic lead supporting student led innovation project investigating seamless knit design for children’s healthcare applications.

2009 HEIF IV,  Principal Investigator

Seamless Performance: EKT project to develop a seamless knitted joint support in conjunction with industrial partners Future Textiles.

2009 Clothworkers Innovation Fund (CIF) Principal Investigator (100%)

Initial grant to provide proof of concept, outline market validity, and develop seamless knitted prototypes for commercialisation.

2006 TQEF, Joint Investigator (50%)

The project assessed the strengths of current teaching provision of knit design both at The University of Leeds and nationally. After identifying models of good practice, the knit design specialism was rewritten applying new methodologies appropriate for our student cohort. The report outlined models appropriate for other practical subjects where pressures on staff time and resources require alternative approaches to teaching and learning.

Research Centres & Groups

Textiles Futures Research Centre, member.

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