Re-addressing the role of knitted textile design knowledge: auxetic textiles from a practice-led, designer-maker perspective

Glazzard, M., 2014. Re-addressing the role of knitted textile design knowledge: auxetic textiles from a practice-led, designer-maker perspective. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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This study reacts to the segregation of knowledge and practice surrounding weft-knitted textiles, their design and applications. This study challenges current disciplinary practices that divide knit into scientific, design and art areas by describing a designer-maker methodology, which is used to produce auxetic, weft-knitted textiles. By using a designer-maker’s practice-led perspective to create functional fabrics, it seeks to challenge the perception that technical and functional research in textiles is or should be the domain of scientific methodologies and engineering practice. This study does not apply external methodologies to the research design, but extracts its methods and values from an existing knit design practice, built from experiential knowledge, that becomes the basis for the methodology. Qualitative and quantitative measures of success are both vital to the methodology used in this study and both subjective and objective perspectives are embraced. The practical work uses designer-maker practice to lead the development of 30 auxetic fabric samples. These fabrics are appraised using a variety of methods including personal reflection, numerical measurement and feedback from focus groups of other practitioners.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Glazzard, M.
Date: 2014
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Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:35
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:36

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