Let’s make glass!

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I took up an opportunity to take part in a glass making course, something that took my mind off of all the deadline work due, yet still held that creative element which helps me unwind. The process was simple so it was a relaxing activity being able to piece together the glass frit and confetti, experimenting with colour, texture and scale. While i enjoyed this it was great being able to learn a new skill! I’ve documented a detailed process in my technical file.

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Wellbeing writeup

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There is a lot of historical research on wellbeing within textiles, for example; an exhibition at the V&A displayed quilts that had been developed by soldiers injured in the war as a form of healing and therepy, suggesting that making these quilts was a process of recovery by being time consuming and a viable distraction.
Leslie Cole looked into the effect of stitch calming those within prisoner of war camp.
Daisy Sage is known for secretly stitching over 1000 names onto a bed sheet during the war,  not with any purpose in mind, it was simply occupying her. The piece can be viewed now, and whist not necessarily aesthetically pleasing, its the ora around it and the history it symbolises.
Elizabeth fry ( the lady you see on a £5 note) understood the importance of the relationship between hand and mind, providing female convicts with sewing kits as a means to focus and occupy time, the modern day version of this is an organisation named fine cell work who offer prisoners in confinement sewing classes, which in turn had a relaxing calming effect.
To be able to see the effects on well being and happiness we need to be able to measure it. A report on happiness suggested that job security,  a stable family life, and relationships make for a happier person! 
As well as embroidery,  knitting has shown positive effects on dementia paitents, as knitting is bilateral (using both sides on the brain). Hilary Jones, a behavioural scientist found 25 ways in which knitting can help dementia patients,  a few of these consist of a confidance in participating in group activities,  an increase in relaxation and a focus and purpose for each day. This leads to advantages in practice based research, learning through making.

Innovative Materials-Research for report

Fabrics

  • Clouds-interlocking fabric tiles to create residential interiors
  • Cork fabric- cork and elastane, thermal and energy reducing
  • Delight cloth- light emitting cloth, woven fibre optics
  • Eco leather tile- recycled leather and acacia tree bark
  • Freek- carpet with high UV stability, suited for outdoor use
  • NanoShpere- self cleaning fabric made from nanoparticles
  • Parameter- expandable three dimensional system used for wall partitions
  • Shutters- textile for environmental communication and control

Brownell, B. (Ed.) (2010). Transmaterial 3 . New York: Princeton Architectural press.

Brownell, B. (Ed.) (2010). Transmaterial 3 . New York: Princeton Architectural press.

The knitting and stitching show

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I was so overwhelmed to be one of the selected few to represent my university at knit&stitch this year! I selected a range of both my hand and machine embroidery samples to showcase in order to show the range we offer, I was alongside other selected students that were equally passionate about their chosen specialism. I recieved a lot of positive feedback and  experience gained from talking to other exhibitors and visitors. As a student who often went to the knitting and stitching show as a visitor it was extremely exciting yet strange for me to attend as an exhibitor. 

Google workspace- research for report

Does Google’s workspace environment suggest that textiles can play a role in affecting the creativeness of its workers?

if so, textiles could play a psychological role in the future workplace.

Watch this clip for more of an insight into Google’s workspace!

Google link video BBC NEWS. (2008). Google your way to a wacky office. Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7290322.stm.

Week 11- innovations in giving

Innovations in giving

As a person what can I give?

  • Time, possessions, advice, friendship, love.

As a designer what can I give?

  • Time, knowledge, advice, skill, technique, help.

If I could ‘give’ as both the designer and person does this make a difference, does it make it more personal?

There are different innovations in giving; the idea of the Gift exchange is non-monetary, whereas, the market economy is exchanging goods or a service for money or other commodities. As a designer I don’t just design to sell, I design because I’m passionate about what I do, however I do know that I want this as a career, which does mean to ‘give’ in this case will mean a monetary exchange. I’m interested in the idea of giving time, whether it may be volunteering, or fund raising, perhaps for a Craftivist organisation.

Week 10- Archival interventions

Archival Interventions

Where can I find archives? Museums, libraries, practitioners work, historical buildings, online etc. They can be structured, alphabetically, chronologically, historically, categorically or randomly, depending on the type of archive or who the archive belongs too. For example Andy Warhol’s time capsule has now been transformed into an online archive in which we can view the items within each box alongside a description of each. The idea of storing work for a long period of time and then being able to reflect upon it in the future is something I find really interesting.