Research summary

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Having successfully negotiated the first hurdles of my PhD by passing the PgCert in Research Practice, my next challenge is a meeting on Monday where a faculty panel takes a look at my proposal. Here’s the summary of what I’m aiming to do:

Enabling fashion ownership through material intervention in knitted garments

This research will explore the potential of material intervention to address the personal wellbeing issues of contemporary mass-produced fashion. It employs a central metaphor which treats fashion as a commons, comparing a shared fashion culture with a shared land resource, and draws on the activist repertoire of groups seeking fair access to land along with emergent strategies of design activism.

The motivations for and barriers to individual action will be investigated and tools to support wearers in making knitting-based garment interventions will be developed. While the main focus is an increase in personal ‘fashion wellbeing’, it can be argued that individual making activity would also bring collective sustainability benefits.

Update – the panel approved my proposal with some minor changes to the wording. Hurrah!

COMMENTS FROM ORIGINAL BLOG POSTING:

Suzanne Margaret Harris

  1. Wow, well done you!

  2. Gail Goldstone

    It sounds like a very fascinating piece of research Amy, I will be very interested to hear how it develops for you. I don’t want to sound like a panel member – but would you like to expand a bit on ‘material intervention’ – do you mean ‘material’ as in fabric or as in substantial/practical?

    • Amy 

      Hi Gail, thanks for commenting! I’ll be posting updates on my research here, in and amongst all my other knitting projects.
      Good question – I think I had used ‘material intervention’ to mean substantial/practical, but given that I’m talking about textiles, it has a nice double meaning as fabric, which I hadn’t specifically noticed! I’m interested in people physically tinkering with existed knitted garments, and have tried to use material intervention to cover the ground in between making (which usually implies making something from scratch) and repairing (which implies rectifying a fault).

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