• The future of textiles sourcing: exploring the potential for digital tools

Petreca, Bruna, Atkinson, Douglas, Bianchi-Berthouze, Nadia, Furniss, Dominic and Baurley, Sharon, 2014, Book Section, The future of textiles sourcing: exploring the potential for digital tools Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014: The Colors of Care. Ediciones Uniandes, Bogota, Colombia, pp. 366-377. ISBN 9789587740707

Abstract or Description:

Textile selection involves aspects of objective function and subjective experience. While technical assessments of textiles are extensively supported by standards and machinery that provide the industry with rigorous specifications, the more subjective characteristics remain heavily reliant on designers’ tacit knowledge, experience and intuition. In this paper, we present a study that investigated designers’ textile sourcing activities and if and how digital tools could provide support. The study was conducted in a textile fair with an expert audience in the mind-set of sourcing. An existing digital tool that allows textiles manipulation was introduced to familiarise participants with the digital context and enable conversations on the future of textiles sourcing. We also look at the implications of adopting digital tools for their activities including a transition to more sustainable practices. The results raise awareness of designers’ use of experiential information to support textiles sourcing, besides highlighting requirements for designing future digital tools.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design
School or Centre: Research Centres > Material Science Research Centre
Funders: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq - Brasil), European Regional Development Fund
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2635723
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 12:21
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 12:21
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4230
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