Sophie Zajicek

2012 QEST Scholar - Weave Design & Making

Sophie started a practice-led PhD at University of the West of England in 2017. Her research practice includes the use of weaving looms, digital fabrication methods and Virtual Reality software.

After graduating from Falmouth University with a BA in Textile Design, Sophie went on to research the ancient technique of back-strap weaving in Peru. After being awarded a QEST Scholarship in 2012, she undertook an MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art where her interest in material properties and woven structure evolved dramatically through collaborations with engineers and architects. Since then, Sophie has produced concept materials for the vehicle industry and taken up a residency at the RSA (2015). Here Sophie worked with FabLab London and The Great Recovery Project to explore designing within the circular economy. Sophie is currently a resident at the Bristol VR Lab as part of her PhD research.

I think the potential for weaving to influence and improve society in a number of ways has been largely untapped. My aim is to share my enthusiasm for weaving and to show different sectors how weaving could benefit them and the wider community, through the development of exciting woven materials.