Dr Elizabeth Gaston

Dr Elizabeth Gaston

Profile

I am an expert in knitted fabric design and technology. My design practice utilises a craft methodology to investigate innovative design solutions for commercial and cultural applications.

I am the programme manager for BA Textile Design and I am responsible for curriculum design and implementation within the Textile Design programme. I have extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has supervised and examined postgraduate research projects nationally.

Research interests include colour and pattern perception in knitted fabrics, the use of knitted fabric for interior and exterior textile installations

Consultancy for industrial partners includes design of knitted air bags for use in ballistics industry and resolution of quality control problems for large scale fabric production.

I am nationally recognised as an expert in public engagement with research.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I had a successful career in the knitwear industry in garment design, garment technology and fashion forecasting.

Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager BA Textile Design

Research interests

Research interests include colour, structure and materials in knitted fabric design and current issues in knitted garment design and technology.

Doctoral research completed in 2016 investigated the relationship between colour, form and texture and their influence on pattern perception in Fair Isle knitted fabrics. Outcomes of this research include a collaborative performance with The Phoenix Dance Theatre and an ACE funded exhibition at the Belfry Arts Centre, Norfolk. Further research has used these findings to develop systems to reduce the environmental impact of textile coloration.

Methodological research investigates the use of craft as a driver for design resulting in a Performance Craft methodology.

Pedagogic research includes:

project managing The Keynote Project an FDLT3 funded national project on skills development;
co-authoring An Investigation in to Good Practice of Teaching Practical Design Subjects, a TQEF funded project on teaching practical subjects within an academic environment;
PI on Re-formative a JISC funded project which analysed the effectiveness of audio-recording weekly formative feedback delivered individual tutorials.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Leeds.
  • MSc Textile Technology for Designers, University of Huddersfield.
  • BA (hons) Textiles/Fashion, Middlesex Polytechnic.
  • Art Foundation Certificate, Harrogate College of Art.
  • PGCLTHE, University of Leeds.

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Senior Teaching Fellow in Knitted Fabric Design

I am the programme manager for BA Textile Design and is responsible for curriculum design and implementation within the Textile Design Programme. Specialising in structured textile design, including knit and stitch, I have extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level including the design, delivery and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in textile design, knitted fabric design, knitted fabric technology and design theory. I have supervised and examined postgraduate research projects nationally.