Open Lecture: Dr. Katherine Townsend

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-When: February 15th (Wed), 12:00-13:00
-Where: Aalto University Arabia Campus Room 6088

Lecture summary

Closely Held Secrets: Embodied knowledge in fashion and textile practice

This lecture provides an overview of a series of research projects that Katherine has coordinated and contributed to creatively. Her interest lies in the relationships between embodied knowledge and skills of designing and making and the use of hand/digital crafting technologies. The lecture will discuss Closely Held Secrets, a recently published chapter about hidden creative relationships, in Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age (Nimkulrat et al 2016). It will also cover a range of emerging methodologies and outcomes from current collaborative ongoing investigations, including: Crafting Anatomies, The Electric Corset, Emotional Fit and PhD studies – all of which draw upon diverse material resources and embodied human interactions to inform design innovation.



Dr Katherine Townsend is a Reader in Fashion and Textile Crafts at Nottingham Trent University. Her work as a researcher, author and curator builds on her early career as a fashion and textile designer, supplying independent and high street stores such as Henri Bendels, New York and Top Shop, UK. Her research has been published internationally and she has co-curated various fashion and textile exhibitions featuring expert practitioners and artists, including: Metallic Sound with Japanese master weaver, Junichi Arai; Closely Held Secrets, with Grayson Perry and Crafting Anatomies with over 40 international contributing makers. Her current research projects, Emotional Fit: Developing a new fashion methodology with mature women and The Electric Corset and Other Future Histories, explore design issues in fashion and ageing and the use of costume archives to inform interactive wearable technology. She is a supervisor and external examiner for MA and PhD studies focused on digital crafting approaches such as: 3D knitting and weaving; laser cutting; creative/ zero-waste pattern cutting; motion capture technology; fashion and ageing and sustainable design. Since 2010 she has acted as co-editor of the journal of Craft Research, published by Intellect, UK.


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