• CraftTech: Hybrid Frameworks for Smart Photonic Materials

Toomey, Anne and Tan, Jeanne, 2018, Book, CraftTech: Hybrid Frameworks for Smart Photonic Materials Royal College of Art, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-910642-31-0

Abstract or Description:

How do distinct design approaches influence development of smart materials and how, in turn, do new technologies influence textile design processes?

The CraftTech book and exhibition are part of a body of work (comprising publications, exhibitions, sketchbooks and videos) that explores how interdisciplinary design processes affect the creation of smart materials that are used as alternative communication platforms. Utilising photonic textiles and polymeric optical fibres (POFs) as mediums, this research explores hybrid design frameworks that utilise interdisciplinary approaches. The process of 'making' is critical to this practice based research. It involves explicitly studying the practitioner's perspective when synergising design and technology.

The showcased research is based on studies conducted in two international collaborative workshops that brought together practitioners across many disciplines (textiles, fashion, millinery, electronic engineering and textile technology) to experiment, develop and create. The research investigates how hybrid design processes adapt, refine and improve new technology and vice versa. It furthermore demonstrates how craft integrated practice allows flexible problem solving via first-hand experience. The research documents and studies this balance of interdisciplinary methods and processes via design practice, conducted in two workshops at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal College of Art in London on 11-15 September 2017 and 24-27 November 2017, respectively.

ContributionNameRCA ID
Research team memberMclean, Flora0310241624005
Research team memberRobertson, Sara
Research team memberTaylor, Sarah
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design > W231 Textile Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 14:08
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 14:31
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3438
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