Neil’s research draws on 20 years experimentation in design, dye chemistry and screen-printing combined with new skills and fluency in digital design. His latest collection combines these diverse working methods and is inspired by travel to the Middle East, Egypt and India. The concept of indecipherable languages, hidden codes, embedded information as well as the signs and symbols from different cultures is developed in the collection. These designs are in a sense autobiographical, representing an eclectic mixture of interests, references and memories.

University for the Creative Arts, where Neil currently works as the Subject Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print, has funded Neil’s research into digital media for textiles. The aim of the research is to establish a link between digital and traditional textile printing techniques and to explore the potential of current digital textile methods. As a designer-maker with twenty years experience in making and selling work Neil is well positioned to explore the possibilities that digital media present to the discipline of textile printmaking. Neil has combined drawing and hand generated methods with computer-manipulated images, which are then printed, and hand finished.

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