I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2003 after completing my Masters degree in Fashion (Textiles for Fashion) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Previous to this, I studied for my degree in multi-media textile design at Loughborough University following which I was awarded the ‘Breaking New Ground’ prize at Texprint in 2001. My work has been featured in many leading publications including Elle Decoration and International Textiles and I have exhibited, sold and presented my practice and research internationally. In addition to my work in the field of textile design, I have also worked in styling and art direction with clients such as the BBC and independent film makers.
My research interests are focussed on innovative pedagogy in art and design, design research, design thinking and textile design theory and in 2014 I was awarded my doctorate from the Royal College of Art, entitled 'In Textasis: Matrixial Narratives of Textile Design'. To read more of my research please see http://port.academia.edu/ElaineIgoe.
I deliver studio sessions, lectures, seminars, academic and personal tutorials to students across all levels of BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design. I coordinate several course units as well as offering supervision on Visual Culture dissertation/research projects.
My textile design work, both practice-based and theoretical, has always taken an approach that is experimental and conceptual; questioning and exploring the innate and typical characteristics of textiles and cloth.
I adopt materials and processes, often from outside the realm of textiles and adapt and innovate with them to create new surfaces and materials. In the past I have created embroidered textile transfers for skin, magnetised cloth coated in iron giving the effect of needlecord and astrakhan, and used animal hair and silk in the electrostatic flocking process. I have key interests in the development of new materials through textile methodologies. From November 2009 – November 2010, I worked as a research assistant to Professor Clare Johnston and Dr Raymond Oliver for the Materials for Living Research Hub at the Royal College of Art, London.
My theoretical work in design research utilises feminist qualitative research methods, exploring relationality through storytelling, autoethnography and metaphor. My work both commentates on and aims to establish the position of textile design with the design research discourses and academic community, through the development of textile theory.