Becky Earley is a Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London, part of Textiles Environment Design (TED) at Chelsea and Director of the University’s Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC), Central St Martins. She is a textile designer and academic whose research work and creative practice has sought to develop strategies for the designer to employ in seeking to reduce the environmental impact of textile production, consumption and disposal.
Becky’s core approach is based on learning through practice – making textile work in order to realise new ideas that will drive the reflection and resulting theory. Her Top 100 and Worn Again projects perfectly exemplify this, and she has made significant contribution to the emerging field of textiles upcycling. As a lead researcher in both TED and TFRC, Becky’s research is also driven by collaboration and the new MISTRA Future Fashion project will continue to develop this way of working, this time bringing the participating designers together with scientists through a Swedish research consortium.