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Sara Robertson and Sarah Taylor

Dr Sara Robertson is a Lecturer and Researcher in Craft Innovation and Smart Materials at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

She has a background in printed textile design, and gained her PhD from Heriot Watt University, School of Textiles and Design funded by the AHRC. Sara’s research and practice focuses on materials and technology through a broad, colourful and futuristic lens.

She regularly collaborates with designers and researchers across disciplines, using craft-based exploration to showcase the potential of smart materials.  Recent work (Digital Lace) was created in collaboration with Sarah Taylor (optical fibre specialist) and showcased at the EMP building and Microsoft Research Labs in Seattle as part of the International Symposium of Wearable Computers, winning the 2014 Design Exhibition Jury Award for Fibre Arts. 

In 2004 through her MA in Textiles at Winchester School of Art Sara began exploring the application of smart materials for textiles and has continued to develop specialist craft knowledge on the use of thermochromic materials. 

Sarah Taylor’s work lies at the design and craft - technology interface.

Taylor studied woven textiles at Winchester School of Art (1991) and undertook a postgraduate diploma in textile design at Heriot-Watt University (1992) and an MPhil research degree in fibre optic technology for textiles (1995).

Since the mid-1990s Taylor has explored the integration of light within cloth as time-based aesthetics using hand craft techniques alongside digital and responsive technologies. Her research work over the last 20 years has been cross-disciplinary and she has collaborated with experts from design, sound, lighting and electronics to produce multi-sensory and interactive work. She has had considerable national and international exposure and was a finalist nominee for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2002: Textiles. She has exhibited at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Kyoto in Japan including public collections of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and Aberdeen Art Gallery. The work has featured in prominent design publications including Art Textiles of the World Volume 3, Techno Textiles and editions of the International Design Year Book. Recent work (Digital Lace) in collaborative with thermochromic specialist, Dr Sara Robertson was showcased at the EMP building and Microsoft Research Labs in Seattle as part of the International Symposium of Wearable Computers and won the 2014 Design Exhibition Jury Award for Fibre Arts.

She has enjoyed a varied academic career since 1994 as Senior Lecturer and Reader for Heriot-Watt University and the University of Brighton. She has external examined for 10 years and was an AHRC College Peer Review Member. During the last year she was Course Curriculum Leader for Textiles for the Open College of the Arts and is now Course Leader for Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.