This research developed new creative opportunities for textile design by investigating
CO2 laser processing technology to achieve surface design and three-dimensional
effects. A practice based and interdisciplinary textile design methodology was
employed, integrating scientific and technical approaches with a reflective craft
practice. It was found that the synthesis of design and science was imperative to
achieving the research goal of evolving techniques that have opened new design
opportunities for textile design whilst being viable and communicable for industrial
and commercial application.
Four distinct Laser Textile Design techniques were developed in this research
including: a laser enhanced dyeing technique for wool and wool blends; Peri-Dyeing,
a laser dye fixation technique; a laser moulding technique; and a laser fading linen
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.