Sylwia Orynek

Sylwia Orynek


My research interests are interdisciplinary, ranging from textile crafts and experimental making to computation and material innovation.

My PhD research focuses on the inherent value and innovative potential of craft-led making and the associated knowledge. The project aims to systematise and disseminate the forgotten techniques of textile manipulation as a method of freeform construction, by embedding them within a visual computation framework. As such, it proposes a truly functional approach to computational design of textile structures, applicable to a variety of creative spheres.

Research Output:

  • Full paper presentation at the Design Research Society’s EKSIG 2023 conference
  • eCAADe representative at the World CAAD PhD Forum, CAADRIA 2023 conference

Research Groups:

Professional Membership:

  • The Textile Society
  • European Textile Network
  • eCAADe (Computer Aided Architectural Design, Europe)
  • Design Research Society

Research interests

  • Craft techniques, processes and tools
  • Craft and design theories
  • Experimental weaving
  • 3D textile structures
  • Computation and computational making
  • Design systems


  • (MA) Textiles - Royal College of Art
  • (BA) Fashion and Textile Design - Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton