Dr Lucy Robertson

Dr Lucy Robertson

Lucy Robertson is a Lecturer on BA (Hons) Textile Design.

Lucy joined NUA in January 2020 as a Lecturer in Textile Design and subject specialist supporting students on the MA Textile Design and Fashion Design courses.  

Lucy studied Textile Design at the University of Dundee. She then went on to set up a Community Interest Company supporting creatives in her local area, work as a Science Communicator teaching chemistry in Scottish primary schools, and later work as an Enterprise Executive helping students at the University of Edinburgh start up in their own businesses.  

In 2017 Lucy started her PhD at the University of Dundee on Interactive Textiles for Wellbeing and has recently passed her PhD viva.


My research brings together craft, making, technology and textiles to enable social connections, celebrate creativity and foster new relationships and experiences for those living with dementia and their communities.

In my Honours year at DJCAD I used Arduino and woven fibre optics to create ‘colour connection’; a dress and cushion that wirelessly change each other’s colour allowing communication through textiles and colour from anywhere in the world. This project was my first exploration of interactive textiles and ultimately started me on my current research path.

I have developed strong links with Dementia-Friendly Communities (DFC) in East Lothian and the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. Working with these communities, I have organised and delivered art exhibitions, craft bombs, and workshops that promoted awareness of those living with dementia’s continuing social identities while measuring the effect making interactive textiles can have on wellbeing.

Alongside my research’s main body, I collaborated with fellow researcher Dr Sara Nevay running workshops in e-textiles exploring wellbeing. This included an ‘e-textiles playground’ workshop conducted at the RtD conference in 2019.

I am currently exploring the concept of an ‘e-textiles playground’ further through my practice creating interactive textile samples for teaching and research.


Lucy Robertson, Sara Nevay, Helen Jones, Christopher S.C. Lim & Wendy Moncur (2020) Birds of a Feather Sew Together: A mixed methods approach to measuring the impact of textile and e-textile crafting upon wellbeing using Warwick- Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) Link: P561 of Design4Health proceedings 2020

Lucy Robertson, Christopher S.C. Lim & Wendy Moncur (2019). Sonic Flock; Crowdsourcing, Exhibiting and Gifting Textile Birds for Wellbeing.

Lucy Robertson (2019) Sonic Flock: using textile birds to start conversations within a Dementia Friendly Community in the Outer Hebrides, The Design Journal, 22:sup1, 2171-2172, DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2019.1595459

Sara Nevay, Lucy Robertson, Christopher S.C. Lim & Wendy Moncur (2019)

Crafting Textile Connections: A mixed-methods approach to explore traditional and e-textile crafting for wellbeing, The Design Journal,22:sup1, 487-501, DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2019.1595434

Lucy Robertson (2017) Sonic Textiles for Health and Wellbeing, The Design Journal, 20:5, 683-692, DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1349984


2018 – Sonic Flock, Cuimhne Exhibition, An Lanntair, Stornoway

2019 – E-Textile Playground workshop RtD Conference, Delft, Netherlands.

2019 – Smart Materials for Wellbeing workshop at MinD conference, Dresden, Germany.

In 2021, Lucy is contributing to Design Research for Change Book Series: Design for People Living with Dementia, Edited by Paul Rodgers.


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