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      Fit for purpose? Pattern cutting and seams in wearables development

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      Create10 - The interaction design conference (CREATE)

      Create10 - The interaction design conference

      30 June - 2 July 2010

      Design process, textile knowledge, wearables, stretch sensing, seamfulness, gaps

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          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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          Conference
          June 2010
          June 2010
          : 1-2
          Affiliations
          School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment

          Nottingham Trent University

          Burton Street,

          Nottingham, NG1 4BU
          School of Art & Design

          Nottingham Trent University

          Burton Street,

          Nottingham, NG1 4BU
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/CREATE2010.16
          © Sarah Kettley et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Create10 - The interaction design conference, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

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          Create10 - The interaction design conference
          CREATE
          Edinburgh Napier University, UK
          30 June - 2 July 2010
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Create10 - The interaction design conference
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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