Practice-based textile design research as a method to explore knowledge transfer frameworks.

McCabe, B., 2006. Practice-based textile design research as a method to explore knowledge transfer frameworks. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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The aim and focus of the study shifted from exploring unknown decorative potential of materials and processes to focus on the context within which the samples were developed. Identified as a knowledge transfer framework, this concept was explored as a means to identify the key elements which provided the context for novel sample production and to highlight the potential of this work to contribute a primary strategy for future hybrid material developments. The background context includes examples of theory and practice to illustrate the dynamics of knowledge transfer and materials and processes with emphasis on textiles. For example there is a growing interest to combine traditional textile processes with new material developments, redefining the discipline of textile design into hybrid specialisations. This research is based on the argument that current practice highlights the need to identify and improve the knowledge transfer frameworks for these specialisations to evolve in the future. The practice-based textile design work produced in this research includes two case studies. Case study one explores the effects of sodium hydroxide a substance already recognized in textile design and in the textile finishing industry. Case study two explores the effects of chitosan on selected substrates and as a material in itself. The work with chitosan takes the research beyond current practice as a substance less familiar in textile design. Each body of work presents samples with descriptions of techniques, outcomes and evaluations. Following the development of samples, the practice was then evaluated in relation to knowledge transfer, identifying and evaluating the practice as a means to explore knowledge transfer frameworks.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: McCabe, B.
Date: 2006
ISBN: 9781369314076
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 18 Sep 2020 09:34
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2023 10:02

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