Nathalie Spencer

Materials Researcher and Designer

Mid Level
London, United Kingdom
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About me

I am a London based designer interested in sustainable material research. With a Distinction in MA Material Futures from Central Saint Martins and First Class Honours in BA Art and Design from the University of Leeds, my practice is material led and characterised by experimenting, sampling and refining. By researching humanity’s impact on the natural world, my work is defined by sustainable innovation and circular systems.

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  • Drawing
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Painting
  • Material Design
  • Research
  • Competitor Research
  • Art Direction
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Organisation
  • Design Research
  • Weaving
  • Printmaking
  • Collaboration

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Stella McCartney

    Stella McCartney

    • Fashion and Textiles
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    Ananas Anam

    • D

      Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

      • B

        Beyond Skin

        Work history


        Materials Researcher & Designer

        Ananas Anam

        Feb 2020 - Apr 2020
        • Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK
        • Full Time
        • Lead role in the research, design and development of a new sustainable textile. This involved collaboration with research institutes and clients followed by analysis of trials and material samples as well as leading two university research projects to develop prototypes for potential products. Other roles included: - Assisting with preparations and developments with R&D trials - Colour trend forecasting and preparation for colour trials - Research in fibre blends - Art direction during photographic shoots - Designing and delivering presentations to the company - Designing an archive of textile samples for exhibitions - Authoring and designing a weekly internal R&D newsletter - Competitor mapping - Graphic design


        R&D Intern

        Ananas Anam

        Jun 2019 - Feb 2020
        • Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK
        • Internship
        • Main responsibilities included the research in the applications and specifications for a new sustainable textile, based on ethically sourced pineapple leaf fibre. Other roles involved liaising with research institutes, universities and clients to carry out research and trials and assisting R+D trials with preparation and analysis of material tests and samples. Other roles included: - Support during photographic shoots - Ceating a materials sketchbook of samples - Competitor mapping - Designing and preparing presentations - Documenting and filing of samples - Graphic design


        Jun 2018 - Jul 2018
        • 59 Lansdowne Pl, Hove BN3 1FL, UK
        • Internship
        • Responsibilities included photographic art direction, graphic design, social media, website maintenance, accounting, stock taking, product shipment and occasional modelling.


        Photographer's Assistant

        Claire Goldsmith Photography

        Oct 2010 - Oct 2010
        • Brighton, United Kingdom
        • Part Time
        • Responsibilities included preparing for shoots, assisting during shoots and helping with photo editing.


        Aug 2010 - Aug 2010
        • Lodge Hill Ln, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6, UK
        • Part Time
        • Working in the museum shop and café.


        May 2010 - May 2010
        • Ditchling, Hassocks BN6, UK
        • Part Time
        • Helping manage the artist’s exhibition and selling artwork.



        Masters of Art in Material Futures

        Central Saint Martins (UAL)

        Sep 2017 - Jun 2019
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Distinction


        BA Art and Design

        University of Leeds

        Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
        • Leeds, United Kingdom
        • First Class Honours



        Maison/0 and LVMH Green Trail Winner

        Central Saint Martins (UAL)

        • The best of sustainable innovation across the Central Saint Martins degree show.


        Jane Rapley Scholarship

        Central Saint Martins (UAL)