Global Artisanship and the Future of Luxury Fashion

The intent of this research is to clarify the connections between the type and level of intervention and the market placement, as well as the relationship to success. The general aim of the research is to identify the collective best practices from across a broad range of governmental aid agencies, NGO’s and mission driven for profits whose aim is to support artisan enterprise in the textile and apparel sectors. The goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of different models, their commonalities and their differentiations, with the intent to develop a theoretical framework that could be used to support existing and future sustainable development programs in the craft sector.

The Multimodal book as organism, artefact and assemblage: non-human agency in processes of growing and making.

This practice-based research diffracts the hierarchical dominance of humans over nature by considering non-human agency in the processes of growing and making. The ‘multimodal book’, conceived as an investigative practice which includes the maker and reader, and also an assemblage of works which come together in an exhibition, is developed to examine and articulate human-non-human relationships. Haptic and temporal aspects of the book are explored alongside growing plants to set up a dynamic interplay between concepts of organism and artefact and to interrogate non-human agency in the processes of growing and making.

Pattern Making For New Fabric Joining Technologies

Over recent years, a number of new fabric joining technologies have increasingly been used in fashion and clothing manufacture, replacing or reducing the need for traditional sewing. Does this create a need for re-thinking and re-defining pattern making specifically for their use?

Conferred 2019

The role of design practice in exploring and interpreting paranormal phenomena.

The concept of para-design will be developed through a series of studies that explore, test and measure the experience of unexplained phenomena. Findings from this research project have potential to enrich a broad range of future research in the design of scenarios for health and wellbeing, enriching social and cultural relationships with place, establishing new connections with environmental ecology and developing new insights for architecture, design and spatial planning.

The Geographical Island

The geographical island is a recurring setting for narrative fictions. Within a number of literary narratives the island presents a space at a remove from the behaviour, landscape and culture of the central character’s homeland where familiar structures are readily heightened, critiqued or subverted.

Conferred 2017

A critical comparative analysis of current emotional intelligence models: towards a generic model and related assessment methodology

This critical comparative study set out to examine existing research in the Emotional Intelligrnce (EI) field, drawing on research from psychology, sociology, medicine, industry, education, and neuroscience, in particular, to explore whether empirical research can point towards a new, generic, model that can serve all these sectors and more. To be successful it will also need a related assessment methodology that can withstand the major arguments within the extant research.

The primary questions central to the research are:

  1. Can a generic framework of abilities be developed that can be widely accepted as a reliable measure of emotional intelligence (EQ) in the same way that general intelligence is measured (IQ)?
  2. To what extent can a single assessment methodology reliably assess adults against such a model?
The Role of Drawing in the Regeneration of Urban Spaces

My practice-led MPhil/PhD research project will have two areas of inquiry: drawing and regeneration that will be linked by the aims and methods I deploy.

Conferred 2016

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.

An Investigation of Syrian Conflict Photography on Flickr

The Arab Spring of 2011 saw the employment of social media, and contributed to the way in which photojournalists, citizen witnesses, and activists mediate and represent struggles and conflict in the Middle East (Allan, 2013). Looking particularly at Syria, the visual construction of the conflict is ever more present, and images of the war have become more common, as we now live in a world that is constructed more readily through imagery. Images are circulated with an unprecedented speed on global New Media outlets such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter instantaneously (Anden-Papadopoulos and Pantti, 2013). Activists and citizen journalists have worked to gain public attention to fight against the Assad regime in Syria, largely through access to social media sites. In the process, activist groups such as Lens Young Dimashqi seek to record and document the conflict through photographic images of life during wartime.

Conferred 2017

Meanwhile/Becoming: A Postphenomenological Position Exploring Vision and Visuality in Landscape Photography

Meanwhile/Becoming is a practice-led research project that investigates methods of creating photographs that do not conform to the Cartesian perspective prevalent in photographs taken with a standard format camera. The research explores the opportunity of examining a visual space other than that offered by the standard single lens reflex camera through manipulation of the pinhole camera. It uses processes that produce what the research describes as a reinterpretation of phenomenology, postphenomenology and posthumanism through photographic practice; where the photographs are expressive of the what and how humans see and the lived experience of the situated perspectives of a specific space.

Deep Surface: A practice based enquiry of the picture plane.

How do we understand the active interchange between the outer face of an artwork and its inward-facing components, be these a design, a trace or a generating framework?

Over the course of the PhD enquiry I aim to interrogate physically through the making of artworks and theoretically, through a contextual underpinning, the depth of surface as a dense, complex and vacillating plane. The research aims to unpick the interplay between the outer public layer and the structure below, contributing to a new understanding of the picture plane within two dimensional Fine Art practice.