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Material-Driven Textile Design (MDTD): A Methodology for Designing Circular Material-Driven Fabrication and Finishing Processes in the Materials Science Laboratory

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Materials Science Research Centre, Royal College of Art, London SW7 2EU, UK
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Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, London SW1P 4JU, UK
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Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London N1C 4AA, UK
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Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1268; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031268
Received: 21 December 2020 / Revised: 14 January 2021 / Accepted: 20 January 2021 / Published: 26 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Fashion and Textile Recycling)
In the context of the circular economy, materials in scientific development present opportunities for material design processes that begin at a raw state, before being introduced into established processes and applications. The common separation of the scientific development of materials from design intervention results in a lack of methodological approaches enabling designers to inform new processes that respond to new material properties. This paper presents the results of a PhD investigation that led to the development and application of a Material-Driven Textile Design (MDTD) methodology for design research based in the materials science laboratory. It also presents the development of the fabrication of a textile composite with regenerated cellulose obtained from waste textiles, resulting from the MDTD methodology informing novel textile processes. The methods and practice which make up this methodology include distinct phases of exploration, translation and activation, and were developed via three design-led research residencies in materials science laboratories in Europe. The MDTD methodology proposes an approach to design research in a scientific setting that is decoupled from a specific product or application in order to lift disciplinary boundaries for the development of circular material-driven fabrication and finishing processes at the intersection of materials science and design. View Full-Text
Keywords: design methodology; materials science; textile recycling; regenerated cellulose; composites; fabrication; material design; transdisciplinary; interdisciplinary; circular economy design methodology; materials science; textile recycling; regenerated cellulose; composites; fabrication; material design; transdisciplinary; interdisciplinary; circular economy
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Ribul, M.; Goldsworthy, K.; Collet, C. Material-Driven Textile Design (MDTD): A Methodology for Designing Circular Material-Driven Fabrication and Finishing Processes in the Materials Science Laboratory. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1268. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031268

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Ribul M, Goldsworthy K, Collet C. Material-Driven Textile Design (MDTD): A Methodology for Designing Circular Material-Driven Fabrication and Finishing Processes in the Materials Science Laboratory. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1268. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031268

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Ribul, Miriam; Goldsworthy, Kate; Collet, Carole. 2021. "Material-Driven Textile Design (MDTD): A Methodology for Designing Circular Material-Driven Fabrication and Finishing Processes in the Materials Science Laboratory" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1268. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031268

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