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  • Kelly Cobb, Assistant Professor

    Assistant Professor
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716


    My research employs imaginative ways to rethink current systems (by design) through social change strategies, re-design scenarios and user-led creative developments.  Projects in which I have had the opportunity to put these ideas into action include:

    • Co-designing “wearable narrative” garments customizing textile print design to encourage recall in elderly people experiencing memory loss.
    • Visioning through material exploration, a compostable mushroom fabric.
    • Leading product development research with a major athleticwear company to explore opportunities for “Made in the USA” production of athletic leisure wear.  

    • Global multi-disciplinary research conducted in collaboration with a vertically integrated denim producer, involved tracing the denim supply chain with the objective of demystifying it, from a Texas field, to a Guatemala factory, to a New York City showroom floor.  

    • Launching a mobile fashion workshop utilizing UD’s research tuk-tuk, introducing Philadelphia residents to upcycling as a means to capture from textile waste.

    • Leading the development of a pop-up store featuring sustainable textile, apparel and accessory products developed by UD Alum.

    I conduct research in the area of textile innovation through applied materiality. Derived from craft, and considerate of both social (labor, well-being) and environmental (material, EOU) impacts, this specialized approach encompasses fiber, weave, dye, print and technology as drivers for development, often co-designed with users. Materiality is a way of thinking about material and how might inform how we relate to each other and the world around us.



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  • 77 East Main St
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
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