Melanie Bowles
Associate Researcher

Research Professoriate: Senior Lecturer - Textile Design Chelsea BA Hons

Melanie Bowles is a textile designer and researcher who specialises in designing creative systems of participatory design for printed textiles combining traditional and digital techniques. She collaborates with individuals and companies to create print identities, which encourage systems of sustainable design for all to enjoy. Her clients include the V&A Museum, Crafts Council, VF Corporations, Computer Arts, Laurence King publishing, Makerversity, Contrado Imaging & Fespa Digital. Melanie is the Co-director of The People’s Print with Dr Emma Neuberg a creative enterprise who actively contribute to the maker movement through live print events to engage communities of making.

She is the principal author of the best selling publication Digital Textile Design, publisher Laurence King 2009 and recent publication Print, Make, Wear – Creative projects for digital textile design, publisher Laurence King 2015.


Research Interests

Melanie’s research focuses on developing creative systems for textile design that are accessible for all to engage with by empowering the individual to create bespoke textiles for themselves and their communities. She creates ‘toolboxes’ and step by step tutorials, delivers workshops for groups and recently ‘live events’ for communities with The People’s Print to enjoy the activity of design, print & make together. Her systems combine traditional and digital techniques and works closely with digital print bureaus for print on demand production.


Current Research projects



Key Expertise


  • Digital Textile Design, community, live events, live print, design for real people – real places, education, DIY, getcreative, printmakewear


Talks and Presentations


  • Bowles M. (2011), Digital Textiles: From Catwalk, to Craft, to Consumer, Lecture Series, Winchester Fashion Week


Most recent published work


  • Print Make Wear – Creative projects for Digital Textile Design – Melanie Bowles – publisher Laurence King


Websites:  &

Twitter: @melaniebowles  &  @thepeoplesprint

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