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Elena Etheridge

Elena Etheridge
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? Do we need to re-think how patterns and garments are designed? My work explores the use of fabric joining technologies through the craft of traditional pattern making. By exploring shape and examining historical patterns which have fewer simplified pattern pieces, my work examines whether approaching pattern making in this way, incorporating new joining technologies can lead to new possibilities in garment design. Is it possible to capitalise on the benefits that joining technologies can bring in terms of streamlining production processes by designing patterns specifically for this use?

Conferred 2019