W2 // MATERIAL ENGAGEMENT
The second workshop explored how, and in what way, the heuristics of design engagement around textiles and innovation is engaging with social research.
This workshop brought the different aspects of innovation in/around e-textiles together, viewing the ecosystem in full. It featured stages of the material, craft, properties, innovation, consumption, de-making, giving a broad overview of stages in the process. Presenters with different backgrounds were teamed up to create provocations and facilitate discussion. Themes that emerged from the first workshop were brought up and the discussions grounded in selected readings.
The day emphasised ‘hands on’ engagement with materials featuring a making session run by textile designer Yemi Awosile – www.yemiawosile.co.uk
Location – Institute of Making
The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. Its mission is to provide all makers with a creative home in which to innovate, contemplate and understand all aspects of materials and an inspiring place to explore their relationship to making.
Zowie works in the forefront of the art/fashion scene and is co-founder and designer of British fashion house Boudicca. Started in 1997 as a purely artistic expression, showing in art galleries and other exhibition spaces, the brand has since garnered international plaudits for its visionary approach to fashion. Boudicca’s innovative work eloquently yet disobediently explores the creative territories between and beyond the worlds of art and design. Boudicca first presented collections in London and New York, and became the first independent British fashion house to be invited as a guest member of the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2007. In 2012 they exhibited in Fashioning the Object at the Art Institute of Chicago and collaborated with filmmaker Mike Figgis at the Royal Opera House which lead to a solo show in London, where a new body of digital work was presented from the notable fellowship program at the Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University. Zowie has worked extensively with fashion education in institutions such as Westminster, Parsons The New School for Design in New York, SIAC in Chicago, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and the RCA. Between 2009 and 2011 she was Designer in Residence at London College of Fashion, a role that incorporated talks, lectures and research and most recently as Senior Researcher in Creative Practice. She was recently appointed Head of Fashion at the RCA.
Anna is a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University; specialising in weaving her research focuses on the design and production of garments constructed on and wearable from the loom, using hand and digital production techniques. Her research interests include traditional hand weaving practices, digital weaving techniques, sustainable and zero-waste design, embodied knowledge and design innovation.
Lynn is a textile designer and a weaver. Her work investigates the balance between fabric architecture, its properties and behaviour, and fabric aesthetics. Since her graduation from the Royal College of Art (MA, constructed textiles) Lynn has been working alongside sportswear, fashion, product and interior companies from her studio in East London. She is now undertaking her PhD research at P3i studio-lab in London (Northumbria University) where she develops new design methodologies for the creation of responsive ‘soft’ structure material systems.
Thomas is a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science and futures research, as well as communicating complex subjects in engaging ways. He graduated from the Royal College of Art Design Interactions MA in 2009, and have since undertaken a number of commissioned projects, including work on social trends, futures forecasting, biotechnology, the history and philosophy of science and bicycles.
Bruna is a Fashion & Textiles researcher with a BA from the University of São Paulo (USP). While working at the Institute for Technological Research of the State of São Paulo (IPT), she gained experience in R&D projects, quality control and manufacture of textiles and apparel. In research, the collaboration with the project ‘Digital Sensoria: design through digital perceptual experience’, as a visiting fellow to London College of Fashion, unfolded in her current PhD research at the Royal College of Art. Her research occasionally extended in collaborations that resulted in the design of costumes, fashion editorials and conceptual writing. She is also a collaborator of the creative collective &Co. in São Paulo, Brazil.