Weaving with code: How can emotional attachment be designed into digital jacquard textiles using coding?
My Ph.D. research builds upon a variety of approaches to explore which factors generate emotional attachment into the practice of digital jacquard textiles and responds to an existing gap in research and data regarding emotional attachment into the digital jacquard design practice. It examines human responses to coding alongside the mechanical production of weaving on digital jacquard looms.
Interlooped: an investigation into how the primary structures of knit can inform and enhance the materialisation of 3D printed textile structures
3D printing is an emergent technology which when combined with established textile processes offers the opportunity for a new method of textile production. By emulating the structures of knit through the use of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) it is possible to print 3D structures which embed knit’s inherent properties of stretch and flexibility whilst exploiting the mechanical properties of the material used to print with. This offers the possibility to create novel forms with innovative applications. The research will take the four primary structures of knit (plain knit, purl knit, rib and interlock) as the starting point to develop a body of 3D printed textile based structures. This ‘material proposal’ (Karana et al, 2015) will be explored in synthesis with knit’s inherent properties of stretch and flexibility, an aspect currently unexploited in 3D printed textiles.
Creating a space of enchantment: thread as narrator of the feminine
The research concerns the role of enchantment and narrative in my artistic practice. It is based on a body of monumental pictorial works in the medium of thread. Thread offers a particular narrative voice that can be appropriated for feminine needs of concealed meaning, but I will argue that it also serves to clarify the movement between metaphor and realisation that is essential to artistic creation.
Designing for Breed: Realigning British wool within the current UK knitwear industry
Over 60 different varieties of sheep are present in Britain today, reared by over 45000 farmers (BWMB 2009). Using a practice based enquiry, this research will examine the contribution of individual breed knowledge and new technologies in developing and encouraging sustainable British knitwear design and production.
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