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Wellbeing and smart textiles: Reflecting on collaborative practices and the design process

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posted on 01.04.2019, 12:31 authored by Amanda Briggs-Goode, Martha Glazzard, Sarah Walker, Sarah Kettley, Tincuta HeinzelTincuta Heinzel, Rachel Lucas
This paper reports on an inter-disciplinary, EPSRC funded research project, “An Internet of Soft Things” (IoSofT) which seeks to bring soft surfaces, smart textiles and wearable technologies to join the Internet of Things debate. The project involves researchers from academic disciplines: design, computing and mental health in collaboration with a project partner, the Nottinghamshire network of the mental health charity, Mind. This paper will reflect upon the research project and specifically the approach the authors have taken to collaborative textile practice and how this has impacted upon the design process. This project was conducted through a number of practical workshop activities with Mind service user groups. The workshops focused upon the crafting of personalized textile objects with soft switches and various output and also recorded the clients’ descriptions of their sense of ownership, awareness of their own and others’ emotions and behaviours. The workshops included the researchers’ reflections and observations to enable further understanding of how this community invests meaning in material things and modes of expressive output. The aim of the research project is to use textile craft practice and smart materials alongside therapeutic approaches to contribute to the development of a wellbeing and mental health toolkit to support future client work for Mind

Funding

The work was supported by a Research-In-The-Wild grant from the EPSRC [grant number EP/L023601/1] and was also supported by the Nottinghamshire Mind Network.

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Published in

Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice

Volume

4

Issue

1

Pages

63 - 83

Citation

BRIGGS-GOODE, A. ... et al., 2016. Wellbeing and smart textiles: Reflecting on collaborative practices and the design process. Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, 4(1), pp. 63 - 83.

Publisher

© Taylor and Francis

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016-12-12

Notes

This paper is in closed access.

ISSN

2051-1787

eISSN

2051-1795

Language

en