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Dr Matthew Taylor joined the University of Huddersfield in 2008; he is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of Textile Practice.

Matthew graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art before setting up a fabric screen-printing business called Northern Backdrop after receiving funding from three awarding bodies, The European Regional Development Fund, Hulme Regeneration and The Princes trust fund. It was during this period of self employment that Matthew also completed an MA in Textiles at MMU graduating with distinction.

A role within the textile printing industry followed at R.A. Smart, working with CAD packages, which preceded Matthew joining the University.

A print and CAD specialist with a keen interest in drawing Matthew is equally inspired by the commercial textile design industry as well the world of Art.

His PhD thesis An A/R/Tographic Engagement with the Gleneden Post-War Design Archive explored ways that an historic textile design archive can inform artistic, research and teaching practices through collaborative, co-creative, and personal encounters, producing  outcomes including drawing, painting, textiles, photography, music, and film. Examples can be found at 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Appropriation
  • Collectors and collections
  • Personal, private and public archives
  • Screen and digital printing
  • Drawing, painting, pattern, textiles and collage

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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