The 91st Textile Institute World Conference

23rd – 26th July 2018 | Leeds, UK


About the conference


You are cordially invited to participate in The 91st Textile Institute World Conference (TIWC) 2018, which this year is being hosted by the School of Design at the University of Leeds. The conference theme “Integrating Design with Sustainable Technology” is focused on identifying and establishing interdisciplinary engagement in the textile manufacturing and retail industry through the various fields of technology, design, sustainability, research and economy. The theme has evolved out of a recognition that there are clear synergies when design and sustainable technology are effectively integrated to produce commercial solutions for better aesthetics and functionality. The Textiles Industry is diverse and to maximise success the whole value chain needs ongoing innovation and investment and the conference will draw from the application and use of Textiles in all aspects of everyday life.

Sixty years ago the Clothworkers’ South Building (Originally known as the “Manmade Fibres Building”) was opened and on top of the building was a vision pointing the way for Textiles. Professor J. B. Speakman, Head of the Department of Textile Industries, and the famous American sculptress Mitzi Cunliffe had collaborated to create a sculpture featuring two monumental hands with a striking weave motif cradled between them, reflecting the exciting developments in synthetic fibres that the new building represented. Their vision represented one of the earliest collaborations where a technologist and a designer worked together to create an iconic statement. In looking forward from the 20th century to the 21st century it is now apparent that by effectively integrating design, technology and sustainability a new generation of functionalised “designer” textile solutions can be created from a range of sustainable materials and technologies. That integrated textiles vision extends from sportswear to healthcare to aerospace composites to nanotechnology to as far as your imagination can take you. This concept is eloquently articulated through the Conference logo where Speakman and Cunliffe originally brought these disciplines together beautifully!

About The Textile Institute (TI)

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The mission of The Textile Institute is to promote professionalism in all areas associated with the textile industries worldwide. The Textile Institute has Individual and Corporate Members in up to 80 countries, the membership covers all sectors and all disciplines in textiles, clothing and footwear. Within these global industries the aim of the Institute is to facilitate learning, to recognise achievement, to reward excellence and to disseminate information. The Textile Institute is a unique organisation in textiles, clothing and footwear. It was incorporated in England by a Royal Charter granted in 1925, was inaugurated in 1910 and is a registered charity. The Textile Institute is a fully international organisation represented by local and national offices around the world with its International Headquarters based in Manchester, UK.

The University of Leeds

School of Design & Department of Textile Industries

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The University of Leeds was founded in 1904 and one of its original departments was the Department of Textile Industries. The Department thrived, became recognised as a leading textile centre for education and research and attracted students and visitors from all around the world. Today we still have a vibrant global alumni that is still proud to be part of the Leeds Textiles “family”. However the world changes and in 2004 the Department of Textile Industries evolved into the School of Design which continued as a focus for textiles but also embraced, and integrated art & design, and graphics and design communication into the School’s portfolio. This change has enriched the School’s textiles activities and brought a distinct flavour where there is an integration of the textile technology with art, design, fashion and graphics. This focus on developing the design/technology interface gives the School a creative edge, not only in the aesthetics but also in the engineered functionality within the final “product”.

To make this interface vision a reality the School has embarked on a substantial investment programme, ~£10M, over the past few years that has transformed the infrastructure, facilities and mind set. Textiles is again being promoted as a dynamic, sunrise industry, with Leeds once again recognised as a key global centre for quality teaching and innovative research. Colour, Textiles and Sustainability are core strengths and themes throughout the School and we look to build this expertise to tackle many of the challenges facing textiles industry and the wider world.



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