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Polston, Katherine

Katherine P Polston

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Division of Textiles and Apparel


kpolston@utexas.edu


Office Location
GEA 217

Ph.D Textile Technology Management, North Carolina State University (2014)

M.S. Textiles & Apparel, Technology & Management, North Carolina State University (2011)   

B.S. Textile and Apparel – Apparel Design Concentration, The University of Texas at Austin (2006)

 

Certificate of Achievement in Teaching, North Carolina State University (2014)

Consumer Textile Product Design and Development, North Carolina State University (2011)

Business Foundations Certificate, The University of Texas at Austin (2006)

 

Dr. Katy Polston teaches lower and upper division courses in Textiles and Apparel and serves as the assistant director for the UT Fashion Show. 

 

She has a diverse background in fashion design and product development education, with a focus on innovative technologies and their applications in education and industry.  This includes digital printing and computer-aided design, as well as a strong science-based approach to textiles and product development.  Dr. Polston also has extensive experience teaching many areas of the textiles and apparel curriculum and has in-depth knowledge of creativity instruction and assessment in design studios. 

 

Dr. Polston’s research explores the intersections of creativity and technology in the textile and apparel design disciplines.  

 

Professional Affiliations:

ITAA: International Textiles and Apparel Association
AATCC: American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
ATDA: Apparel Technical Design Association

Dr. Polston’s research explores the intersections of creativity and technology in the textile and apparel design disciplines.  Her research investigates the creative application of technology to solve textile and apparel design problems, with a focus on digitally printed engineered designs.  Academic research includes pedagogical research in instruction and assessment methods in the textile and apparel design field, with a focus on experiential projects, procedural knowledge, and formative assessment techniques.

 

Research Areas

Textiles and Apparel Design

Creativity

Technology

Sustainability

Surface Design

Pedagogy

Creative Design Education