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Katrina McLaughlin is a designer who investigates the intersections between traditional textiles and digital craft to seek innovation through her interdisciplinary practice. She has showcased and sold her work with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester Arts & Craft Centre and Carnaby Street. In 2015 Katrina won the Little Chip Award at the Big Chip Awards for her interdisciplinary collaboration project, which utilised motion projection mapping to create virtual interactive masks of Katrina's designs. Katrina's digital print designs feature on the front cover and throughout Alex Russels; The Fundamentals of Printed Textiles Design : (Fundamentals 2nd Edition) Bloomsbury, 2021.

Katrina joined the University of Huddersfield in 2016 as a Lecturer within the department of Fashion and Textiles Department, the School of Art, Designs, and Architecture. She teaches CAD, Future Materials, Embroidery, and Print across courses within the department. She is the First year tutor and Placement tutor for the Textiles course.

Katrina is currently undertaking a Practice-Based Ph.D., investigating the digitalisation of traditional surface embellishment techniques via 3D printing technologies, determining stakeholders' perceptions of the transposition of traditional craft skills via this new form of making within the field of fashion and textiles.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Digital Craftsmanship
  • Textiles Design
  • Embroidery
  • Print Design
  • Surface Design
  • 3D Printing
  • Blender
  • Future Materials
  • Bespoke Design
  • Mass Customisation
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Disruptive Innovation


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