Interview with Programme Committee member: Kate Wells- University of Derby
-Biography; can you please tell us something about yourself and your expertise?
Dr. Kate Wells is an expert in the fields of coloration & textile print design and technology. Author of the international book ‘Fabric Dyeing & Printing’ she has actively promoted the dissemination of research and new developments within the field of textiles, coloration and education. As a result in 2010 was awarded the Society of Dyers and Colourists prestigious ‘Silver Medal’ for prolonged valuable contributions of education in the area of coloration. An active researcher specializing in shibori processes, Kate believes in ‘Slow Textiles’ and ‘Digital Craft’ researching into sustainable and ethical production methods combined with natural dyes and organic, sustainable and recycled sourcing.
With over thirty years experience working at some of the most prestigious Design Universities in the United Kingdom, her extensive knowledge of textile design and associated technology has led to employment as a designer and technical consultant for many International Fashion & Textile Designers.
-What can the visitors of the conference expect from your speech or presentation?
My presentation will discuss whether the textiles with which we surround ourselves could improve our health and well being while contributing to a lessening the environmental impact of their production? Both design practice and theoretical research informed this research by researching into the anti-bacterial properties of natural dyes while considering the methods of application of Bio-colours and their extracts to fabrics as a future sustainable coloring and patterning medium.
The main objective of this presentation is to bring together several aspects of the author’s research: That of the potential healing properties of natural dyes alongside practical experimentation into eco-patterning: A sustainable method for the coloring of materials via shibori and hand processes along side the use of light (differing wavelengths) as a potential method of aesthetic decoration, that is underpinned by the desire to design fabrics that are ethically and sustainably viable.
-What are you hoping for and what are your expectations of the conference?
I hope the conference will bring together academics, scientists and companies that are working in the field of Bio colorants and other Bio products along side young researchers in this field thus enabling designers, scientists, researchers and manufactures from that have an interest in Bio colourants to engage into a dynamic discussion and hopefully future collaboration looking at the future of such products within a sustainable society.