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Dr Jo Horton FRSA

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Fashion and Textiles

Research group(s): Textile Engineering and Materials (TEAM) & Fashion and Textiles Research Group

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7585




Personal profile

  • Metallised embellishment
  • Electro-deposition: Electroforming and Electroplating
  • High-value Textiles
  • Mixed Media Textiles
  • Metal Embroidery
  • Conductive Textiles
  • Jewellery and Fashion Accessories
  • Dress and Fashion
  • The History of Science and Technology

Research group affiliations

Fashion and Textiles Research Group

Textile Engineering and Materials (TEAM)

Areas of teaching

Mixed Media Textiles

Research Methods

Surface Pattern


PhD in  Fashion and Textiles (De Montfort University)

Medici Enterprise Training Programme (University of Birmingham) 

MA in Fashion and Textiles (University of Central England in Birmingham)

PGCE in Art and Design (Brighton Polytechnic)

BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design; Ceramics with Glass (Birmingham Polytechnic)

Courses taught

BA (Hons) Textile Design

BA(Hons) Fashion Textile Design

MA in Fashion and Textiles

Honours and awards

Faculty Research Leave Award 2019

Future Research Leaders 2019-2020

The Beryl Dean Teaching Excellence Award (2017)

University Research Leave Award (2014-2015)

The Society of Dyers and Colourists International Bursary Award (2014) 

The Society of Dyers and Colourists International Bursary Award (2013) 

The Textiles Society Professional Development Award (2013) 

British Interior Textiles Association Emerging Talent Award (2001) 

Madeira Threads Sponsorship Award (1993)

Forthcoming events

Artist-Consultant on the BBC 4 series Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection Episode 3: Palaces and Pleasuredomes

Autumn 2019: article in Textile History, Pasold Research Fund Ltd/ Taylor and Francis Ltd. ID: 1653645. 

March 2021: book chapter ‘Growing Surface Between Textiles and Electrochemistry’. In: Surface and Materiality, Editor Dr YeSeung Lee, Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 9781350130449.

Conference attendance

Horton. J. (2018)  Costume Colloquium VI ‘Metal Horticulture and New Approaches to Materials, Technology and Surface’ Florence, Italy

Horton. J. (2018) The British Association of Victorian Studies ‘ The Magicians of Birmingham: Metallic Pattern and Manufacture in the 19th Century’ Exeter University

Horton. J. (2018) The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry ‘The Artist Inventor’s Notebook: An examination of the role of text, illustration and experimentation in 19th Century Electrometallurgy, The Royal Institution, London

Horton. J. (2018) The International Committee of Museums: Costume Collections ‘Unlikely Bedfellows: The Fashion and Textile Inventions of Silver Manufacturer Elkington & Co.’ Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands  

Horton. J (2015) The Costume Society annual conference ‘ All That Glitters Is Not Necessarily Gold: Chemical Metallisation Techniques in Couture Textiles’ The V&A Museum, London

Horton. J. (2010) The Textiles Institute World Conference proceedings  ‘A Designer-makers journey towards technology and beyond’ Manchester, UK. ISBN 978-0-9566419-1-5

Horton. J. And Kane. F. (2009) IFFTI World Conference proceedings ‘Encouraging a Conscious Approach to Design within Textiles and Fashion’ LCF, London, UK.ISBN 978-0-9560382-2-7

Horton. J. And Kane. F. IFFTI (2008) World Conference proceedings ‘Planning for an ethical future in Fashion Fabrics and Accessories’ RMIT, Australia. ISBN 978-1-921426-18-6

Consultancy work

Electro-Chemical Textile Design

Electroplating and Conductive Textiles

Wearable Technologies

Internally funded research project information

Digital electroplating for textiles and electro-chemical textile design. Principal Investigator in HEIF funded research projects 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 (Industry partners in Manchester, Birmingham and The Black Country).

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