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Title: Crafting innovation: the intersection of craft and technology in the production of contemporary textiles
Authors: Philpott, Rachel
Keywords: Practice-led research
Hand making
Embodied knowledge
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Intellect Ltd
Citation: PHILPOTT, R., 2012. Crafting innovation: the intersection of craft and technology in the production of contemporary textiles. Craft Research, 3 (1), pp. 53 - 73.
Abstract: This article has grown from a programme of practice-led research entitled ‘Structural Textiles: Adaptable Form and Surface in Three-Dimensions’. In this research traditional textile craft practices centred on hand making have provided an essential foundation from which to develop deployable textile structures that have customizable behavioural properties. The article investigates the importance of touch in acquiring under- standing of textile artefacts and the significance of this tactile acquisition of knowledge in the process of textile production. In such practice, innovation is generated through the maker’s creative responses to unforeseen behaviours of both process and material. However, the research also has also drawn on CAD/CAM technologies that enable the creation of designs and products with increased accuracy and complexity but reduce or remove instances of handcrafting in the making process. The article considers how sensory information gained through touch and the embodied knowledge that this generates can be preserved as part of contemporary textile practice whilst exploiting the potential of CAD/CAM and other automated processes to create complex and innovative outcomes.
Description: This article was published in the Craft Research Journal [© Intellect]. The definitive version is available at IngentaConnect and from the publisher at: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Article,id=13163/.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1386/crre.3.1.53_1
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12956
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/crre.3.1.53_1
ISSN: 2040-4689
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