Dr Caroline Hemingray


I have a BA Hons in Textile Design, and a PhD in Colour prediction for sustainable fibre blending, both from the University of Leeds. Following my PhD, I worked on a variety of research projects, with brands including Unilever and Canterbury of New Zealand, whilst teaching on undergraduate Fashion Marketing modules.

In 2016 I joined Leeds Beckett University to establish and develop a new BA Hons Fashion Marketing degree. I taught specialist modules in Visual Communication, across BA and MA levels. In January 2020, I returned to the University of Leeds as Lecturer in Fashion Marketing and Colour, and as Programme Leader for MA Fashion Enterprise and Society. I currently teach across the Dissertation for Fashion Enterprise and Society, Fashion Marketing, and Fashion Realisation and Contextual Studies modules.

My research interests include sustainable colouration of textiles, colour prediction using artificial neural networks, the non-image-forming effects of colour and light (specifically, on sleep and learning), and the effective use of colour and lighting within interior spaces.


  • Programme Leader for MA Fashion Enterprise and Society
  • Module Leader for Dissertation: Fashion Enterprise and Society

Research interests

•    Sustainable methods of textile colouration – particularly in relation to the blending of pre-coloured fibre, and the recycling of textile waste.
•    Colour prediction for coloured fibre blends using artificial neural networks.
•    Non-image-forming effects of colour and light – including the effect of colour and light on sleep and learning.
•    The use of colour and light in designing effective interior spaces, for example, classrooms and sleeping environments.


Journal Articles

Hemingray, C.S., Dean, L. and Westland, S. 2019. Towards the design of a blending system for precoloured fibres. Coloration Technology. 135(5), pp.407-414.

Hemingray, C.S. and Westland, S. 2016. A novel approach to using neural networks to predict the colour of fibre blends. Coloration Technology. 132(4), pp.297-303.

Conference Papers
Westland, S. and Hemingray, C.S. 2018. Optimisation of Colour Fibre-Blend Systems. The Textile Institute World Conference 2018, 23-26 July 2018, Leeds, UK.

Hemingray, C.S. 2014. Blending of spun-dyed viscose fibres for efficient & sustainable colouration of textiles. School of Design Postgraduate Conference & Textile Summit, 24-25 April, Leeds, UK.

Hemingray, C.S., Westland, S. and Taylor, J. 2013. Efficient fashion colouration using spun-dyed viscose. Man-Made Fibres Congress, 11-13 September, Dornbirn, Austria.

Westland, S., Hemingray, C.S. and Cheung, V. 2012. Novel neural network application for printer characterization. Interim Meeting of the International Colour Association (AIC), 22-25 September, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 594-597. 

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  • PhD in Colour prediction for sustainable fibre blending, University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons) in Textile Design, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • Member of The Textile Institute
  • Member of the Society of Dyers and Colourists