• Subtraction Cutting 2014-2020 - 131 Scholarly Encounters and Artefacts [REF 2021 Portfolio]

Roberts, Julian, 2021, Portfolio, Subtraction Cutting 2014-2020 - 131 Scholarly Encounters and Artefacts [REF 2021 Portfolio] Royal College of Art, London, UK.

Abstract or Description:

Subtraction Cutting is a series of works that challenge conventional approaches to the construction and communication of fashion design.

The research addresses how designers beneficially engage with abstract methodologies of making in large participatory audiences, and within short timeframes. It investigates how creative risk-taking and collaborative making activities become more widely accessible, and used to help raise confidence in creative ability, without requiring high levels of prior knowledge or expertise.

Roberts uses action research as the principal method for testing the effectiveness of live performances of garment making, incorporating projected video and spoken narrative to engage collaboratively with mixed participatory audiences of varying sizes, nationalities, age groups, and levels of expertise.

By developing simplified and deliberately abstract variations of construction Subtraction Cutting demonstrates how intuitive experimentation in textile material and chance discovery helps re-sequence conventional design procedure, whilst reducing reliance on numerical sizing and measurement. This structural change results in deliberately disorientating, hard-to-predict and elaborate outcomes which provoke aesthetic judgment, and contribute to dialogue about the relationship between the body of the maker and the wearer, and the movement of flexible textile material around the dynamic human form.
This action research took place in widespread geographic locations during 2014-2020 producing large iterations of work which converge to evidence new approaches to textile-led fashion design practice. This reached 25 Countries and involved 88 institutions who financially supported the research.

The outputs have also been disseminated publicly in the form of documentary videos, photography, writing and shared lectures.

These research encounters have international reach evidenced in 5 global regions: Europe and Russia (22 events, 11 countries, 15 institutions); East Asia, South East Asia, India, Middle East (17 events, 6 countries, 14 institutions); Australia (15 events, 11 institutions); South America and USA (14 events, 4 countries, 11 institutions); UK (63 events, 45 institutions)

ContributorSgro, Donna
ContributorBendeliani, Mari
ContributorIszoro Zak, Eva
ContributorSharma, sanah
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design > W231 Textile Design
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W710 Fabric and Leather Crafts > W712 Dressmaking
Other > Education > X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: Financial support was provided by 88 institutions who directly participated in the research. No public or private grant was received by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2021 12:38
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 12:45
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4870
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