Katherine Townsend, Ph.D., is a professor of fashion and textile practice at Nottingham Trent University. She leads the digital craft and embodied knowledge group in the Fashion and Textile Research Centre. Her current research (and Ph.D. supervision) encompasses emotionally durable design, dress archives and wearables, social and sustainable innovation, including ethnographic work with textile artisan groups in Guatemala, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund (2018–21) and ‘Redesigning PPE: Enhancing the comfort and safety of healthcare workers wearing isolation gowns to treat patients with COVID-19’ in collaboration with NHS and industry partners (2021–22, AHRC/VO15842/1). Katherine led the research projects: Crafting Anatomies (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020), ‘Emotional fit’ (2017) and has published in The Design Journal, Textile, Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice and Clothing Cultures.
Contact: School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU, UK.