The MDes Textiles course supports innovative explorations into the potential of textiles in its varied forms and applications. Drawing on historic, social, design and technical influences, this practice based course focuses on learning and understanding through process and material informed by rigorous supporting research. With past projects ranging from understanding the needs of homeless people and development of garment shelters from locally sourced and waste material to medical devices for support and focused relief from back pain; this year’s students continue to explore the breadth of understand of textiles and the textiles industry. Undaunted by conventional thought on textiles structures, Megan Lovett explores the transition between Knitted and Woven structures and their subsequent use to develop a new creative method of garment construction. Focusing on woven heritage fabrics for outerwear, Lara Bland investigates the integration of increased levels of function into performance wear, while maintaining the look of a traditional cloth such as tweed. Influenced and informed by her time working in India Philly Grogan questions the environmental and social impact of the textiles industry. With a particular focus on the debate between the use and impact of synthetic and natural dyeing Philly will be using the results to inform design decisions.