Fit for purpose? Pattern cutting and seams in wearables development

Kettley, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-7274-2175, Downes, T., Harrigan, K. and Glazzard, M., 2010. Fit for purpose? Pattern cutting and seams in wearables development. Digital Creativity, 21 (4), pp. 247-256.

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This paper describes how a group of practitioners and researchers are working across disciplines at Nottingham Trent University in the area of Technical Textiles. It introduces strands of ongoing enquiry centred around the development and application of stretch sensors on the body, focusing on how textile and fashion knowledge are being reflexively revealed in the collaborative development of seamful wearable concepts, and on the tensions between design philosophies as revealed by definitions of purpose. We discuss the current research direction of the Aeolia project, which seeks to exploit the literal gaps found in pattern cutting for fitted stretch garments towards experiential forms and potential interactions. Normative goals of fitness for purpose and seamlessness are interrogated and the potential for more integrated design processes, which may at first appear ‘upside down’, is discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Digital Creativity
Creators: Kettley, S., Downes, T., Harrigan, K. and Glazzard, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2010
Volume: 21
Number: 4
Rights: © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:18
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 15:34

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