Patricia Belford is a Textile Designer working in Northern Ireland. She studied at North East London Polytechnic and in 1986 established Belford Prints, a small unique Textile business concentrating on the development of new print techniques. Clients included Vivienne Westwood, Helen Storey, Jasper Conran, Zandra Rhodes, Neisha Crosland and Designers Guild.
In 2005, Belford moved back to Northern Ireland to take up the post as Senior Research fellow with INTERFACE, a new Research centre in Art technologies and design at The University of Ulster, Belfast. Her main area of research is the investigation of traditional methodologies with contemporary technology. Current projects include ‘Girli Concrete’, a collaboration with Professor Ruth Morrow to integrate textile technology with concrete and working with the archive of Watts of Westminster. She is also a Design Technique consultant for TurnbullThomas within The Thai Printers and Finishers group.
Belford was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to The Royal College of Art in 1986.