Melanie Bowles is a textile designer and senior lecturer in digital textiles at Chelsea.
Over the last 10 years, Bowles has been exploring digital print techniques for textiles and the interface between traditional craft skills and digital technology. By using a digital stylus, Bowles builds complex designs, streamlined shapes and creates subtle colour blends, whilst exploring the environmental benefits that digital printing offers the designer. Her most recent publication is Digital Textile Design, published by Lawrence King (2009) that offers how-to instructions for using digital software tools for textile design. Bowles is continuing to explore the themes from the book on her blog Make It Digital, and has begun a series of small collaborative projects, called People’s Print, exploring ideas around customization, emotional attachment and local design and production.