Born In London, Frances Murphy has worked in the luxury fashion and textiles industry for over 15 years selling her designs to high profile stores worldwide, such as Selfridges, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Colette in Paris. Collaborating with key design labels such as Nike and Dr Martens. Being involved in the world of fashion and textiles, she understands that although being creative is key, the development of technology, manufacturing and how this can impact on the worlds natural resources, in a more positive way, must be paramount to the sustainable future of the industry
In 2016 she returned to education to study a 2-year Masters at The Royal College of Art in Material Textiles print. Her first year at the Royal College of Art has been researching 3D printing.Her dissertation was on the development of smart fabrics and 3D printing in fashion and textiles. Researching how this technology could possibly be developed into the textiles industry.
Frances designs have always concentrated on bringing traditional textiles and technology together, creating new innovative techniques and print applications. Her research includes experimenting with new flexi filaments and 3D printed material structures. Questioning how 3D printing could eventually reinvent our relationship with clothing and textiles. To challenge production, in terms of climate change, sustainability, excess consumption, fast fashion and mass production? Looking at 3D printing, as a key development towards democratic manufacturing and design in producing Smart Textiles and challenging traditional production methods. It could be possible that 3D printing will be the direction of how the fashion and textiles industry will operate in the future. By enabling people – and brands – to “print” clothes to order, the whole process of clothing manufacturing could be reconfigured.
Frances continues to research this area and is excited to be a CREATE Ambassador, seeing collaboration as a key for innovation and education. Frances will be exhibiting her 3D printed textiles at her Masters Final Year Show, at the Royal College of Art in June 2018.