Neil Bottle designs printed textiles for fashion and interiors from his studio on the Kent coast. His research explores the relationship between craft and technology and how these seemingly opposite methodologies can work together to create innovation in textile design and production. Bottle’s focus has been to apply his knowledge of traditional screen printing in textiles to new digital textile media.
This research into computer aided design programmes has yielded surprising similarities to the hand crafted screen-printing techniques that he has developed for over twenty five years. In this respect, he explores the application of computer- aided design from a craft perspective but with the added flexibility that digital printing offers, such as the ability to alter scale, colour, layer order, intensity and layout more efficiently. The result is a unique digital one-off object, which can be flat or designed around 3D forms, encompassing both traditional crafted textiles techniques.
Bottle is currently the Course Leader for the BA Hons degree in Fashion Textiles: Print and the MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors at University for the Creative Arts in Rochester.