Emma Hayward is a Subject Leader on the BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design course, Emma is responsible for the Surface Innovation and Material Concepts strand and is currently the Level 6 Year Tutor. She previously studied BA(Hons)Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art and MA(Textiles) at the Royal College of Art. Throughout her Practice she has become particularly interested in a cross-disciplinary approach to Textiles, exploring many 3-dimensional applications of this subject within varying contexts. With an understanding of the intrinsic characteristics of textiles and embroidery, Emma believes that textiles is a multi-faceted discipline which can engage on many levels, spatially, illustratively and everyday, with the potential to work across and inform multidisciplinary platforms.

Through collaborative, independent and freelance projects since 2006 Emma has acquired invaluable insight into the design industries working on an extremely varied range of projects from editorial image to interior installations across the UK.

Emma’s approach to teaching at all levels, is to encourage an innovative, cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to textiles and design, to further establish the links required between our practitioners and industries of the future. Emma believes that by further developing the versatility of textiles and encouraging a forward thinking, cross-pollinated approach to design, this will in turn develop our understanding of the potential of textiles and textile practitioners. Emma is keen to further encourage the use and awareness of sustainable attitudes towards design practices within printed textiles and surface pattern design, alongside alternative approaches to Design Thinking and process, challenging the ways in which we perceive and engage with textiles, promoting research based practice by design.