Patrick Dyer is a designer and educator working in the field of experimental textiles.
His research expertise centres on the manipulation of woven structures, with a specific emphasis on the integration of nickel titanium shape memory alloy into woven textiles.
He leads the MA Textiles and works with colleagues and students across a diverse range of design, fine art and engineering disciplines, advising on the potential of textile structures.
Dr Patrick Dyer is an established multidisciplinary designer and exponent of the cross boundary translation of core craft skills into the development of technical and advanced materials including ‘active smart textiles’. Graduating with his first degree in ‘Textiles Design for Fashion’ (specialising in printed textiles) from the University of Brighton (1995), this was followed by a MA ‘Design by Independent Study which explored the articulation of rigid materials on the human form (2000). Returning to Textile for his Doctorial study, Patrick was awarded his PhD (2010) with the title Dynamic control of active textiles: The integration of Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloys and the manipulation of woven structures.
Patrick’s combined knowledge and experience of textiles for the fashion industry and interiors has been strengthened by research and development into the use of textiles as an active biomimetic scaffold within the biomedical and engineering fields including medical textiles, compression garments, articulated and adaptive textile structures. From this interdisciplinary knowledge base, Patrick now regularly works with colleagues and students across a diverse range of design, fine art and engineering disciplines, advising on the use of advanced and ‘active’ materials as well as the potential and functionality of textiles structures.
Working as a freelance designer for Zandra Rhodes from the late 1980’s Patrick established himself as a versatile multidisciplinary designer working on a broad range of design briefs including prints for couture and ready to wear fashion collections, accessories, interiors and home wears. In the mid 1990’s after setting up his own design studio Patrick designed and printed textiles for fashion companies including ‘Sixteen 47’ and Paul Harnden as well as commissioned for interior design work by Bell Slater Architectural services and Caffè Uno London producing acoustic panels During this period Patrick also developed collections of printed and woven scarves exploring texture and transparency which were sold nationally through selected craft galleries.
Patrick Dyer’s research expertise centre on the manipulation of woven structures and the integration of advanced and ‘active smart materials’ to facilitate and maximize the functional potential of materials. With a specific emphasis on the integration of nickel titanium shape memory alloy into woven textiles, Patrick’s research has explored elements of control and shape transfer in flexible materials and developed shape memory textiles with the potential for applications including apparel, medical textiles, and engineering.
Further exploring the design focus for the refined evolution of form through integrated function, Patrick’s broad research interests draw on biomimetic design principles, advanced materials and the use of textiles as a basis for hierarchical design.Utilising the inherent hierarchical structure of textiles, multiple functions and processing are achieved within a single hybrid material structure, maximisingperformance, as well as efficiencies in materials and energy.
Complementing and informing his investigation into the control of flexible materials, Patrick has also explored the related field of articulation in rigid materials. Through the use of joints, mechanisms and auxetic structures, Patrick has created neck pieces around the concepts of adaptability, focusing the design decisions around function and specifically fully integrated clasps. These pieces are produced in a range of materials including wood, plastics, metal as well as fiber based composites,utilising both traditional hand skills as well as digital technology including laser-cutting.
2011 – present: Touch this sound led by the composer Dr Claudia Molitor, this Arts council funded project explores sound as a tactile experience. Developed through an interactive, multi-sensory installation, in which visual and sonic elements are generated in real time by the audience's tactile explorations.
2004 – present: Dynamic control of active textiles (DCAT) - Development of a new approach to the integration of Nitinol within woven textiles that explores the interfacial relationship and subsequently the transfer of shape from a trained Nitinol wire to a woven structures. This investigation focuses on the development of composite woven textiles that produce controlled surface manipulations as well as macroscopic shape changes, including the creation of arced forms, pleating, expansion and compression, demonstrating the potential for medical and healthcare applications as well as apparel.
1998 – present: Movement and articulation on the human form - The study of movement and articulation through the development of joints and mechanisms to facilitated flexibility and adaptive forms from ridged materials including wood, plastic leather and metal. Utilising these methods of articulation neck pieces are created around the concept of adaptability and the integration of function (clasping mechanisms) into the mechanism
1998 - present: Designing from the fibre up - Investigating the use of textiles as a basis for the development of hierarchical structures and the integration of multiple levels of function in a single material. Through an understanding of the relationship and selection of yarn, woven structures and print processes, different properties are integrated into a single textile during construction, minimising post production additions. This biomimetic approach to materials development maximisesperformance, as well as efficiencies in materials and energy.
1989–2005: Working as a freelance designer maker producing collections of own scarves and working with a range of clients including Zandra Rhodes, ‘Sixteen 47’ and Paul Harnden shoemaker.
2000 – 2005: Design and development of textiles for interiors with ‘Not Normal Designs’ producing hand printed / painted wall and acoustic panels for clients including ‘Café Uno’ London and commissioned by Bell Slater to design and produce printed wall panels and an etched glass entrance porch for The Brigstow Hotel – Bristol.
Dyer, P (2012) Integration of small diameter wire form Nitinol for the creation of dynamic shape memory textiles. CIMTEC 4th International Conference Smart Materials, Montecatini Terme, Italy.
Dyer, P (2009) Dynamic control of active shape memory textiles. IFFTI conference, London college of Fashion.
Dyer, P and Anson, T (2008) Generating and optimising geometry of shape memory alloy – textile composites for vascular intervention, CIMTEC 3rd International Conference Smart Materials, Acireale, Sicily.
Dyer, P. (2013) A Different view of Textiles: Materials Development. SLEEP – Hotel Design Excelence, The Business Design Centre London.
Dyer, P (2013) Interdisciplinary Research into Shape Memory Textiles. A Trans-Disciplinary Approach to Materials Innovation, Part of the V&A London Design Festival Series of Seminars and launch of the Arts Foundation, Materials Innovation Award.
Dyer, P (2013) Dynamic Control of Shape memory Textiles. Connecting with Textiles symposium, London College of Fashion.
Microstructural and thermal effects of novel heat-treatment on nickel-titanium shape memory alloy. Contributor to poster – Tony Anson Brunel University.
Dyer P. (2010) Dynamic control of active textiles : the integration of nickel-titanium shape memory alloys and the manipulation of woven structures, EthOS Persistent ID: uk.bl.ethos.526042, http://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do