Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Lindsey Taylor

Lecturer in Weaving Technology and Design

0113 343 3777

Room 1.01, Clothworkers South, School of Design, University of Leeds

Office hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-18:00

Lindsey’s research has evolved from: PhD, 3D Woven Structures for Advanced Textile Composites(2002-2005); industrial experience; First Class(Hons)(2002) specialising in multilayer-multilevel wovens; focusing on the aesthetics of X/H/I beams for interiors.


Pushing the boundaries of conventional weaving technologies, weaving principles and integration of numerous layers and levels within a constructed woven form enables shaping of woven forms on loom during the weaving stages. This shaping entails the translation of three-dimensional (3D) geometries into a two dimensional (2D) folded form in the on-loom state, similar to paper engineering. The successful forming of the 2D on-loom state woven into a 3D form meeting the original 3D geometries is possible through consideration of the weaving technology and associated production principles and parameters. The tailoring of the two directional yarns, warp and weft (0/90o) in the preparatory stages in a multilayer multilevel cross-sectional weave architecture within CAD (and manually) allows the yarns to be tailored to achieve the 3D-to-2D-to-3D woven integral form.


Interest in various textile construction processes/methods together with weaving allows the scoping of alternative integrated interlocking-interlooping yarn formations. The design methodology behind the multilayer multilevel constructed textiles are informed by natures combined patterns-aesthetics, movement and structural mechanisms; combining functionality/performance with aesthetics.


The utilisation of a design methodology, aesthetics in relation to locality, application, longevity and production for functional/performing woven constructions fuses together: design, science, technology, engineering-manufacturing; thus permitting innovative solutions to engineering problems. This approach was explored and successful in the completion of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between the University of Manchester and a local SME. The KTP concluded in the development of thermoplastic multilayer multilevel 3D woven’s for automotive applications.






Research Projects & Grants

The School of Design at the University of Leeds has secured £1.762M to establish a new 3D Weaving Innovation Centre (3D WIC).


This exciting development, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, will focus on helping SMEs in the Leeds City Region by enhancing their weaving expertise, identifying new commercial opportunities for 3D woven structures in traditional and high value manufacturing sectors and producing innovative 3D woven prototype materials. To deliver these objectives and provide the overarching technical infrastructure, the Centre will invest in a new state of the art jacquard multi-shuttle loom, together with a jacquard single rapier, and dobby power weaving technologies; supported also with CAD hand looms. This gradation in weaving technologies will support training and technology transfer from and/or to industry ensuring the School of Design is at the forefront of weaving technology and woven fabric developments.


The 3D WIC will be located in the School of Design’s Clothworkers South Building which is currently being refurbished to create a dynamic design/technology interface environment. In addition to the 3D WIC the £4.4M investment will create a number of state of the art laboratories in digital printing, colour communication, textile chemistry, fibre technology and knitting.


Research proposals in development:

1/ The Design Synchronisation Control of Cyclic Polymorphous Engineered Functional Textiles for Scheduled Operation of…

2/  2D-to-3D Woven Surface & Shape Engineering


Doctoral Training Award:

PhD, Investigation into the amalgamation of varying constructed textile production processes for the production of contoured material forms. 2015 – 2019. Natalie Ishmael, postgrad.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Natalie Ishmael, postgrad. PhD. Investigation into the amalgamation of varying constructed textile production processes for the production of contoured material forms. 2015 – 2019.

PhD Thesis

3D Woven Structures for Advanced Textile Composites.

Professional Practice

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PGCHE)




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