Faith Kane

Faith Kane

Associate Professor; Major coordinator for Textiles, Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design; Director Academic, Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts

Faith Kane is a design researcher and educator working in the area of textiles and materials. Her  research interests include design for sustainability, collaborative working in the design/science space and the role and value of craft knowledge within these contexts. She is also an editor of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice. Find out more about Faith’s work at

  • Expertise

    Textile design, textile thinking, design for sustainability, interdisciplinary research

  • Research highlights

    Co-Investigator on the LEBIOTEX project (Laser enhanced bio-technology for textile design; three dimensional, colour and surface patterning), which ran from 2012-2015, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and was undertaken between Loughborough University and De Montfort University in the UK. The project was interdisciplinary, working between textile design, chemistry and engineering towards the development of more sustainable textile design approaches. It was underpinned by collaboration with industry partners who included Speedo International and Camira Fabrics.   The project included two PhD supervisions – Laura Morgan and Chetna Prajapati.

    Nimkulrat N, Kane, FE and Walton K. Eds.  2016. Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age, Bloomsbury.  ISBN 9781474286206

    Kane, FE and Philpott, R. 2015. ‘Textile Thinking’: a flexible, connective strategy for concept generation and problem solving in inter-disciplinary contexts in ‘Craftwork as Problem Solving; Ethnographic Studies of Design and Making Ed. Marchand, T. Ashgate Publishing Limited. ISBN 147244292X, 9781472442925

    Akiwowo, K; Kane F; Tyrer J; Weaver, G; Filarowski A (2014) Digital Laser Dyeing for Polyester Fabrics, Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, Vol 2, Issue 2, Nov 2014 ISSN: 2051-1787

    Kane, FE and Philpott, R (2014) Textile Thinking for Sustainable Materials, Making Futures, Volume 3, pp.1-11, ISSN: 2042-1664.

    Kane, FE (2012) The Significance of Craft in the Development of Sustainable Materials: Localism, Digital Technologies and Emotional Durability, Making Futures, Volume 2, ISSN: 2042-1664. 

  • Qualifications


    PhD (Loughborough University, UK)

    BA (Hons) Woven Textiles (Loughborough University, UK)

  • Professional affiliations

    • Editor of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice (JTDRP), Taylor Francis
    • Reviewer for the Experiential Knowledge Special Interest Group (EKSIG) of the Design Research Society (DRS) conferences
    • Member of the Academic Committee for ‘Circular Transitions’, Mistra Future Fashion conference, University of the Arts London
    • Fellow - Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK