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    Fit for purpose? Pattern cutting and seams in wearables development

    Create10 - The interaction design conference

    Edinburgh Napier University, UK, 30 June - 2 July 2010

    AUTHORS

    Sarah Kettley, Tina Downes, Karen Harrigan and Martha Glazzard

    ABSTRACT

    This paper describes how a group of practitioners and researchers are working across disciplines at Nottingham Trent University in the area of Technical Textiles. It introduces strands of ongoing enquiry centred around the development and application of stretch sensors on the body, focusing on how textile and fashion knowledge are being reflexively revealed in the collaborative development of seamful wearable concepts, and on the tensions between design philosophies as revealed by definitions of purpose. We discuss the current research direction of the Aeolia project, in which we are now seeking to exploit the literal gaps found in pattern cutting for fitted stretch garments towards experiential forms and potential interactions. Normative goals of fitness for purpose and seamlessness are interrogated and the potential for more integrated design processes, which may at first appear ‘upside down’ (Starner 2001), is discussed.

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