Textiles as material Gestalt: cloth as a catalyst in the co-designing process

Townsend, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-2212-2511 and Sadkowska, A., 2018. Textiles as material Gestalt: cloth as a catalyst in the co-designing process. Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, 5 (2), pp. 1-24. ISSN 2051-1787

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Textiles is the common language within Emotional Fit, a collaborative research project investigating a person-centred, sustainable approach to fashion for an ageing female demographic (55+). Through the co-designing of a collection of research tools, textiles have acted as a material gestalt for exploring our research participants' identities by tracing their embodied knowledge of fashionable dress. The methodology merges Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, co-design and a simultaneous approach to textile and garment design. Based on an enhanced understanding of our participants textile preferences, particular fabric qualities have catalysed silhouettes, through live draping and geometric pattern cutting to accommodate multiple body shapes and customisation. Printedtextiles have also been digitally crafted in response to the contours of the garment and body and personal narratives of wear. Sensorial and tactile interactions have informed the engineering and scaling of patterns within zero-waste volumes. The article considers the functional and aesthetic role of textiles.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
Creators: Townsend, K. and Sadkowska, A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 29 June 2018
Volume: 5
Number: 2
ISSN: 2051-1787
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 22 May 2018 13:23
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2019 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33655

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