Natalie McLeod

Natalie McLeod

Lecturer, textile design, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design

Natalie McLeod is a design researcher and lecturer in textile design. Her work investigates the integration of traditional and emerging technologies, in particular how established principles of screen-printed textile design can enrich digital design process and outputs. Her teaching areas include design for screen and digitally printed textiles.

  • Expertise

    Screen-printed textile design, digital textile design, digital technology for textile design and textile design for digital technology.

  • Research Highlights

    Micro-Inhabitation (2012) Exhibited as part of An Interior Affair: A State of Becoming at Form Gallery, Perth, Australia.
    A virtual, patterned environment derived from microscopic form and surface, designed in conjunction with spatial designer Stuart Foster. This interactive projected landscape strives to communicate the experience of microscopy, where the miniature becomes gigantic.

    Biohazard (2011) Exhibited as part of Love Lace, The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia.
    A virtual, three dimensional lace pattern with integrated moving components, projected as an animated wallpaper. Traditional screen print principles were used in conjunction with animation software to create a contemporary damask that marries artisan craft and contemporary technology.  

    Garment Specific Screen Print (2007)
    For her Master of Design practice, McLeod developed a collection of dresses featuring screen-printed designs specific to the garment and body shape to rival the emerging trend of engineered digital print. These were shown alongside her developmental work as part of Textiles as Fashion: The Mystery of How exhibition The Atrium Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK. This exhibition sought to visualise the creative process from early speculations to final collections.

    Natural Produce (2005)
    Natural Produce was a solo exhibition of digitally printed textile designs, generated over the course of a design residency at Glasgow University Veterinary School and the Glasgow School of Art. Scanning electron microscopy was used to capture micrographic images of eggshells, which were then translated through textile design. Shown in The Atrium Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK, this exhibition revealed a wealth of pattern, form and texture usually seen only by scientists.

  • Qualifications

    BA(Hons) (The Glasgow School of Art)
    MDes (The Glasgow School of Art)