Embodied textiles for expression and wellbeing

Kettley, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-7274-2175, Jones, I. and Downes, T., 2011. Embodied textiles for expression and wellbeing. In: A. Yoxall, ed., Proceedings of the First European Conference on Design 4 Health 2011, Sheffield Hallam University, 13-15 July 2011. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University, pp. 189-205. ISBN 9781843873525

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To date, experiences with technical textiles have largely been focused on performance related aspects of a fabric developed for specific applications such as sports, health or safety (Shishoo 2005), and methodological problems remain with the techniques employed to measure what is a complex of effect and affect (Bartels 2005, Jordan 2000). However, there has been little in the way of empirical research into personal human experience with technical fabrics in context, with the notable exception perhaps of Entwistle who examines in depth the kinesthetic properties of particular garments, resulting in heightened awareness of the body (Entwistle & Wilson 2001) and Candy, who analyses feelings of well being and the performance of socially meaningful demeanours (Candy 2007a, Candy 2007b). We wish to extend this embodied view of textiles in order to realise the potential of smart and technical fabrics and sensory environments as tools for wellbeing, mental health and personal expression. This paper describes the work of an interdisciplinary group of practitioners and researchers investigating the development and application of textile stretch sensors on the body (Breedon et al 2008), figures 1 and 2. Understanding that such tactile products and materials may offer beneficial contexts for in-the-moment and expressive therapeutic techniques (Jones 2010, Jones & Wallis 2005), we describe the early stages of our collaborative development of an evaluation framework based on person-centred principles and outline the future work planned.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Kettley, S., Jones, I. and Downes, T.
Publisher: Sheffield Hallam University
Place of Publication: Sheffield
Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781843873525
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 07 Apr 2016 10:44
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 15:37
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27415

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