Becky Gooby

Research Associate in Methods for Colour Testing on Fabric

Becky joins CFPR in 2022 as a Research Associate in Methods for Colour Testing on Fabric primarily investigating the response of cellulose fabrics derived from wood pulp to digital textile printing processes.

Becky is in the final stages of completing a PhD exploring methodologies for digital colour printing in textile design  at UWE as part of the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training. The research inquiry investigated a number of variables to determine their impact on colour outcome using a Practice-as-Research methodology. These practical experiments progressed into the development of three methods, which aid a designer’s colour expectation knowledge; a Colour Reference Book, Digital Lab Dip tests presented as Colour Maps, and a set of Indicator ICC profiles, generated from data accumulated through measuring printed colour differences on a variety of substrates. These visual prompts are intended to support designers to build their own internal colour look-up table enabling them to predict and resolve colour issues during the design process. The methods were analysed, using a body of colour work, inspired by archival research of the British Interwar period, as a real-world test case. The work features in the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice.

Prior to undertaking a PhD Becky ran her own business making bespoke furniture featuring her textile designs. She holds a Masters Degree in Design, specialising in Printed Textiles from Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design and a Batchelor Honours Degree in Fine Art from Bath Spa University and is a AMUSF trained traditional and modern upholsterer.

Research Interests

Colour, Digital Textile Printing, Inks and Dyes, Textile Chemistry, Design, Digital Economy, Coloration, Colour Management, Practice as Research, Sustainability, British Interwar Design and History


MA Design (Printed Textiles), Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

BA(Hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa University

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