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Spectacular Showcase of Textile Innovation

June 14, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Spectacular Showcase of Textile Innovation will shine a spotlight on the incredible scientific and creative innovation taking place in the textile industry today. Scientists, businesses and artists are continually exploring how to make the industry more sustainable and environmentally friendly and this is your opportunity to find out how they are doing it.

On Friday we will focus on how this innovation has created a thriving industry in Kirklees and highlight the diverse careers that the industry now offers. Come and find us at our info point on the University plaza. Or to book your group or school to visit please use this form.

As well as all the activities listed below, there will also be a raffle for a very special prize that has been very kindly donated by Eastman Staples.

10am: Parik Goswami, Professor  in Technical Textiles, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield  – Textiles Beyond Clothing (30 minutes)
12 noon: Alan Cannon Jones is a former Saville Row Tailor with 50 years experience in the fashion industry and as a teacher at the London College of Fashion – The History of Tailoring and the Golden Shears Awards (30 minutes)

10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm: get a tour of the Technical Textiles department to find out about the incredible and cutting edge scientific research and development happening right here at the University of Huddersfield around environmental issues and sustainability in the textile industry and how textile technology is being applied in surprising areas of life and work. (30 minutes)

WORKSHOPS – drop in from 10am – 4pm
– Join the Geek Girls to create light-up badges and bracelets using conductive thread.
– Get up-cycling with Julia Roebuck from Upcycle Fashion. Bring along an unwanted T-shirt to transform into a reusable shopping bag or T-shirt yarn, that you can knit and plait into accessories.
– Contemporary embroidery with Elnaz Yazdani, Embroidery Technician and Demonstrator at University of Huddersfield, who will guide you through a variety of beautiful contemporary hand embroidery techniques and stitches using an array of different coloured threads to create your own unique piece of thread art.

While you’re here you can also check out the amazing work in the Textiles, Fashion and Costume Degree Shows on the University campus.

The Textile Centre of Excellence will be hosting a Careers Fair on Friday from 1.30pm to showcase the many different roles and jobs that are available in the thriving industry that exists within the district. We will be operating a shuttle bus to take you from one site to another.
The Spectacular Showcase will continue on Saturday 15th June with workshops and demonstrations, and a Future Fashion Show by local school children.


June 14, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH United Kingdom
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