Emmeline Child
PhD researcher

Emmeline studied fashion design, then went on to complete a KTP with the Salvation Army Trading Company where she developed the upcycling label Emmeline 4 Re. Selling her collections in the UK and Europe, while establishing a sustainable boutique in London, Emmeline gained vital knowledge about the complexities of upcycling. The knowledge gained throughout this period has enabled her to become a pioneer in the field of upcycling. Emmeline is a researcher, senior lecturer and programme leader using her skills to develop workshops, exhibitions and programme design. Emmeline has taught in the UK, India and Sri Lanka in the areas of sustainability, fashion and design.


Research Interests


Emmeline’s PhD, ‘Scaling-Up Upcycling’ aims to define new models for the commercial industry aiming to increase the levels of post consumer waste in reuse while reducing the amounts of textile waste sent to landfill. Using her tacit knowledge as central to her experience, gathering information from other micro pioneers to make recommendations to the high street and charity sector to increase rates of industrial recycling in the future.


Current Research Projects


  • Scaling-Up Upcycling, PhD, University of the Arts London


Key Expertise


Upcycling, upscaling, Design, Fashion, Sustainability, Textile Manufacturing


Most Recent Published Work


Publications & Conference Paper

  • Presented at the Transition: Rethinking Textiles and Surfaces Conference hosted by Huddersfield University. (2014)
  • Symposium paper 'Ethnographic case study of Emmeline 4 Re' (Oct 2014) University of Northampton
  • Conference paper ‘An auto ethnographic review of 48 pieces from the Emmeline 4 Re collections; Defining barriers and gains leading to successful upcycling’ Presented at the Textile Institute World Conference, Poznan, Poland (2016)


Exhibitions & Curation

  • RE:Dress workshop and presentation delivered in Hong Kong (sustainable fashion)(2014)
  • Inside out Victoria Festival, workshop delivery (Upcycling) (2014)
  • Chair of British Council Funded Project symposium ‘Sustaining craft practices with change maker values with Kemerburgaz University in Turkey and India’. (British Council Funded) (2014)
  • ReDressing Activism (Skirt) (2014) collaboration with Becky Earley and Bridget Harvey in Textile Toolbox, online showcase for Mistra Future Fashion. Curators: Earley, R., & Goldsworthy, K. (2014-2015). Touring exhibition: London, Glasgow, Copenhagen, New York, Borås, Uppsala, 2014.
  • Exhibition Contributor for the British Council Sustaining craft practices with change maker values with Kemerburgaz University in Turkey and IIT India. (British Council Funded) (2015)
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