ReWeave by Kirsty McDougall

The Company

Kirsty McDougall provides specialist textile development and consultancy for high value and couture clients in the fashion and textiles industries.

R&D Focus:

We aim to establish a dedicated textile research lab (ReWeave) that focuses on the ongoing development of highly crafted recycled textiles made from fashion industry waste fabric, which are market relevant and desirable at a range of price points.

This project will provide the fashion or interiors sector with a new and innovative way to repurpose their pattern cutting waste and/or leftover fabric in a way that can be developed to fit with their brand design values.

The project has launched in September 2021.

Partners:
  • UAL: University of the Arts London
  • Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Textiles Futures Research Community, UAL

Team

Louise Bennetts

R&D Project Lead

UAL

Louise is a fashion designer, maker and researcher. Having worked in-house for brands such as Roksanda and Toogood, she has rich experience of the fashion supply chain: from textile manufacture through design, product development, production and ultimately delivering to the market. At the RCA she lectures on the study platform ‘Systems’ and contributes to academic research within the Fashion Department and the Material Science Research Centre. Her interest lies in transparency, craft, manufacture and their combined communication. Core skills and competencies include:

  • Future fashion systems and business models
  • Materiality and make, from craft to industrial scales
  • Communication and storytelling surrounding provenance and manufacture
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Kirsty McDougall

R&D Company Lead

ReWeave Ltd.

Kirsty McDougall has worked in textile design for 20 years across the fashion and interiors industries. Clients include Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Matty Bovan, Balenciaga, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Anthropologie, Calvin Klein Home & Ralph Lauren Home. Her studio, Kirsty McDougall Textile Design continues to work globally across varied sectors on woven textile design, manufacture and consultancy. Her work has been exhibited world-wide.  More recently the studio has developed ReWeave, a project investigating the transformation of industry fabric waste in to new design-led products and textiles. Kirsty was Senior Tutor in Woven Textiles at the RCA between 2014- 2017 and continues to collaborate with education and research.
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Philippa Brock

R&D Academic Mentor

UAL

Philippa has an interdisciplinary practice developed over twenty five years as an academic, researcher, international designer, editor, curator, strategist and artist within the field of digital woven textiles and materials. Philippa’s primary research interests lie in developing disruptive approaches to 2D and 3D digital industrial manufacturing, woven jacquard loom methods, in collaboration with industry-leading to novel design solutions. She also manages the Woven Textile Pathway at CSM, is part of the Textile Futures Research Community and exhibits jacquard woven art works globally. Additionally, Philippa edits The Weave Shed, an open source online resource site, and blog for professional weavers and is Co-founder of Studio Houndstooth; a collaborative studio creating socially innovated projects that use methods of textile making to bring together industry and the local community.

Core skills and competencies include:

  • Design innovation, Education, and Research Leadership – sustainable digital woven textiles and materials.
  • Academic and industry knowledge exchange  innovation
  • Project management
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