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Re-tracing and mapping design…

From the last few parts of the writing stage. Looking at design process…

“The way in which ideas are brought together impacts on learning and the different ways in which individuals respond to new challenges within design practice…Given the interdisciplinary nature of design, its relationship to the moving body, and the way in which this must involve the consideration of both form and function, different approaches to creating multiple layers are likely to be relevant. The examination of the application of translucency, opacity and transparency is likely to need further investigation to better understand how layers created between traces could be effectively juxtaposed. “

layers – performativity

Layering such as montage and college through which different ideas are placed together in the same space to make visible the differences between them. Through these differences, subjects and objects are re-viewed and re-considered; the relationship between character, space and design newly rendered.

Writing – working from the end, to the start and back again

My writing process has rarely changed and it’s quite usual for me to begin a piece, edit it over a longer period of time and then start writing the ending before going back to the start and re-working the title and the introduction.

Presently I’m working through a series of practical studies that explore learning experiences, the re-presentation of knowledge and ways to better understanding how learning occurs for different individuals.

Finding and reviewing spaces where multiple knowledges can co-exist and can be brought together effectively to develop and refine designs according to the individual needs and requirements of each project. And considering how this work could be placed back within a relevant context.

Responding to fabric

The design/making of a garment – figuring out the design through alterations

Tracing back designs

Looking at some of my writing on art and design I realise I have always focused on the dialogues concerning the documentation of performance and events – the representation of history through theatre and art.

In retrospect it makes sense that I moved from design to research. On one level some of the subjects I addressed may appear a little morbid – representations of Wuthering Heights through installation art – the artistic notations of Otto Dix – dance marathons and the relationship between dance and social/political events – historical applications and performances of the Commedia’Dell’Arte – clowning and mask work.

But on another they provide me with an insight that always feeds into my work as a designer/researcher and that enables me to create work that embodies that knowledge.


Ralph Koltai

When the image is so much. An inspiring creator/designer whose work demonstrated how important the process is. RIP.

Designing with elegant lines

The costume design process owes much to many different legacies – from fine artists and fashion designers to stage designers. Aubrey Beardsley’s work has always interested me, if not for the fine detailed work, for the complexity of work that went into shaping different bodies and garments. Without even realising it the references appear in the work…

'There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words.' - Doris Humphrey.