Jenny Pinski is a lecturer in textiles at Loughborough University; she is leader of the woven textiles pathway and member of the Textile Design Research Group. Her research interests revolve around hands-on, craft-based approaches to design and the application of textile approaches in other disciplines. She has experience as a designer and developer for an international footwear brand and her expertise in footwear and woven textiles informs her research. Currently, this focuses on the application of hands-on woven textile approaches to commercial sandal design. In particular she is interested in the potential for craft-based textile approaches to support design innovation and sustainable practice. She uses her experience as a practitioner to engage in practice-led research and is interested in the role of design practice in academic research. She has presented her research and practice internationally and has recently joint-organized an international textile conference, Intersections 2017.