Dr. McQuillan, H.L.

Holly McQuillan is an Assistant Professor in Materialising futures in the Industrial Design Engineering department. Her research is in the field of multimorphic textile systems and encompasses the design and fabrication of animated textiles, 2D to 3D woven structures, design for circular systems and design methods.

Academic Background

For over 15 years Holly has been investigating methods of ameliorating the negative impacts of the fashion and textile industry through holistic design and system practices. She was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand for 15 years, and in 2021 received her PhD from the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Boras. Holly joined the faculty in 2021 as Assistant Professor where she hopes to bring a sustainable textile and textile-form perspective to the research and education undertaken here.

Involved in the project(s)


Zero Waste Fashion Design

Rissanen, T. & McQuillan, H. (2015). Bloomsbury Publishing, UK.


in Townsend, K. and Solomon, R. (eds) Crafting Anatomies. Bloomsbury. McQuillan, H. and Rissanen, T. (2020)

Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes

McQuillan, H chapter in Gwilt, A., & Rissanen, T. (Eds) (2011). Earthscan Publications Ltd.