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|Title: ||Materials in footwear: an empirical study of hands-on textile approaches to sandal design|
|Authors: ||Gordon, Jenny|
Evans, Mark A.
|Keywords: ||Woven textiles|
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Publisher: ||Design School Kolding, Denmark © authors and editors|
|Citation: ||GORDON, J., KANE, F. and EVANS, M.A., 2015. Materials in footwear: An empirical study of hands-on textile approaches to sandal design. IN: Bang, A.L. et al., (eds.) Tangible Means: Experiential Knowledge Through Materials, EKSIG 2015, Design School, Kolding, pp. 71 - 92.|
|Abstract: ||Commercial sandals are often designed in a 2D format and materials are generally applied
during design development rather than the earlier stages of the process. In contrast, handson
woven textile design is often carried out through making and interaction with materials.
This paper presents the findings of an action research case study that investigated the use
of ‘hands-on’ woven textile approaches to sandal design at different stages of the design
process. The role that hands-on interaction with materials plays at each stage is analysed to
assess areas of potential for its integration. The case study presented in this paper focuses
on an aspect of wider research that investigates the potential for innovation through handson
interaction with materials in the sandal design process.
The research questions for the study are: is there potential for the in-depth knowledge of
materials and construction gained through a hands-on approach to be applied in the sandal
design process; where and how does it have the potential to be integrated; how does the
use of hands-on interaction with materials compare with more conventional approaches at
different stages of the design process?
The case study was undertaken in the form of a sandal design project that incorporated the
use of hands-on woven textile approaches. The designs produced were informed by
knowledge generated through hands-on weaving techniques. The discussion of the
empirical research refers to a literature review that was conducted alongside this case study.
The findings indicate that there is potential for a hands-on woven textile approach to sandal
design and it may be integrated at all stages of the design process. Key challenges were
noted in relation to issues of time and cost efficiency in comparison to using conventional
footwear design approaches alone. Benefits in terms of opportunity for innovation,
generation of in-depth knowledge and immediacy, along with control in decision-making are
discussed. Hybrid approaches are also identified as being suitable for bringing together
outcomes that consist of a number of different formats.|
|Description: ||This is a conference paper.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://experientialknowledge.org.uk/proceedings_2015_files/EKSIG2015_Proceedings.pdf|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers and Contributions (Arts)|
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