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Title: Ways of knowing and making: searching for an optimal integration of hand and machine in the textile design process
Authors: Philpott, Rachel
Keywords: CAD/CAM
Hand making
Embodied knowledge
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: The Textile Institute
Citation: PHILPOTT, R., 2010. Ways of knowing and making: searching for an optimal integration of hand and machine in the textile design process. IN: Proceeding of the Textile Institute Centenary Conference: Textiles: a Global Vision, Manchester, 2010, 12pp.
Abstract: Textile design methodologies are evolving to embrace opportunities for innovation given by technological developments in both process and materials. Transfer of CAD/ CAM technologies from disciplines such as architecture and engineering is contributing to the dissolution of boundaries between textile and non-textile, leading to the design of exciting new products. In this changing landscape the textile designer becomes more than creator of functional, commercial products; the application of art & design perspectives and methods to technological development can expand the discourse beyond purely functional parameters, suggesting alternative futures where beauty, utility and intuition all play a role. Our knowledge of textiles is largely mediated by touch. Much textile design practice is still carried out intuitively, informed by tacit knowledge gained through tactile, sensual exploration of materials. This paper investigates ways in which the benefits of CAD/CAM technologies can be realised whilst retaining playful, intuitive exploration that can humanize disembodied digital processes and outcomes. A case study illustrates how hand and machine processes were interwoven to create textiles with inherent structural properties. Aesthetic, yet not purely decorative, predetermined folds transform 2-D surface into 3-D form, creating adaptable structures with potential application across various disciplines in wide-ranging scales and materials.
Description: This conference paper evolved from Rachel Philpott's PhD studies at the Royal College of Art. The Textile Institute awarded a bursary for the conference fees to enable her to present this paper. This builds on a previous financial award by the Institute’s benevolent committee, won for having the best exhibit at the ‘Design Means Business’ exhibition at the London Treasury building in 2009. Work outlined in this paper was further developed to complete a journal article for ‘Craft Research’ at: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12956.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12965
ISBN: 9780956641915
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