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Pat Moloney
Working at the Edge

Conference contribution

Digital//Craft
European Textile Network Conference
Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design
London

September 14, 2007

paper: Working at the Edge: What are the creative implications for the woven textile designer in the transition from hand process to digital technology?

Digital//Craft website

Digital//Craft was the title given to the 2007 biennale conference of the European Textile Network, an organisation which links textile researchers, curators, practitioners, educationalists, writers and students. The delegates numbered 160 and came from 17 European countries and eight non-European countries and were mainly practitioners from the educational sector seeking to enhance their knowledge of Digital technology in the textile field.

The conference was supported by a series of workshops in laser cutting and digital print organised by Metro Works - the University’s Digital Manufacturing Centre, and Digital Jacquard weaving and Digital embroidery from external collaborators.

My conference paper reflected on my research process for On the Fringe, a project which explored the transitional process from using craft methods in textiles to using digital technology. The research took two approaches:
Firstly, my concern as a weaver was to retain the sensory and tactile qualities so necessary to enhancing our living environment. To control tactile sensitivity suggests the use of the hand and mind in creative work, whereas the use of digital technology suggests that our creative role in the future maybe be confined to that of editors and selectors rather than makers. Are we therefore as artists, designers and practitioners at a turning point in the way we develop our visual sensitivity and awareness?
Secondly, to investigate and compare the latest technology, which involved working with external collaborators: Vibeka Vestby in Norway, the inventor of the TC1 Hand Jacquard loom and University College Falmouth to use the production jacquard. Using imagery from traditional textiles techniques in the design development in an attempt to humanise the digital process, a study of the outcomes showed the advantages of each process, the technological scope and design possibilities.

read the full paper:

Working at the Edge: What are the creative implications for the woven textile designer in the transition from hand process to digital technology?


Please also refer to hardcopy item for this output.

related outcome:
Pat Moloney: On the Fringe

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