Our work continually looks for means of reconsidering the fabric of exchange that exists between the clothing that we wear and the conversations we have.
Hélène holds a MAA in Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a BAA in Fashion Design from Ryerson University, Toronto. Trained as a Fashion Designer, her fifteen years of professional experience in the garment trade spanned work on mid to high-end prêt a porter lines to custom bespoke clothing and encompassed responsibilities in clothing design, materials sourcing, pattern development, and production management. In recent years Hélène’s work has shifted towards an active re-imagining of textile product possibilities and textile form interfaces with technology, a series of case studies looking at art and design research methodologies and collaborations, and a range of investigations that explore and address applications of design for sustainability.
Between 2006 and 2011 Hélène was a cofounder of iF (Intelligent Forms Design Inc.) and a member of the UBC Visual Voice project. In addition to her work on cloTHING(s) as Conversation Hélène is also involved in several other Emily Carr research and sustainability initiatives: as a lead investigator for DnA; a founding faculty member of Material Matters; a co-collaborator and academic lead for Emily Carr’s Creatives with Intent sustainability initiative; faculty lead for co-creative research in partnership with Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School; and Operations Manager for the Emily Carr DESIS Lab. An avid AICAD PALS participant, she also collaborated as a lead investigator with the International Local Wisdom Research Network, which ran from 2012 – 2014, out of London, U.K.
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Hélène is responsible for: project visioning direction and management – mentoring of student RA’s, co-design of social construct events, Research Ethics Board applications, contributions to the feedback stream and review of developments occurring in the material artifact stream of the research (new clothing propositions and novel methods of construction) synthesis and evaluation throughout the next three year phase of cloTHING(s) as conversation.
Keith holds both a BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Trained as a Sculptor, Keith has co-created large scale public sculpture(s), collaborated on developing moving image works & installations, held solo exhibitions, and participated in group shows. He has been: a Resident Artist at the ACME Studios International Artist Residency Programme in London, U.K., a NYC Dance Theatre Workshop Artist’s Research Medialab fellow and a Banff New Media Institute participant.
Prior to arriving in Vancouver, Keith worked at the Parsons the NewSchool for Design in New York City, as an Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Chair for Operations, Product Design. He is also a co-founder of Intelligent Forms Design Incorporated and one of five co-creators of ContainR, [HD1] a public design/art project, consisting of two repurposed shipping containers.
In addition to his work on cloTHING(s) as conversation he is involved in several other Emily Carr research initiatives: as a lead and co-lead investigator for the DnA, Rayne and Plantiga projects; he is a founding faculty member of Material Matters, an emergent research cluster investigating additive manufacturing and material innovation, and faculty coordinator for AD-NODE a GRAND NCE affiliated research project situated in Canadian Art and Design institutions.
cloTHING(s) as conversation …
Keith is responsible for: project visioning, co-direction and management – mentoring of student RA’s, co-design of social construct events, Research Ethics Board applications, contributions to the feedback stream and review of developments occurring in the material artifact stream of the research (new clothing propositions and novel methods of construction) synthesis and evaluation throughout the next three year phase of cloTHING(s) as conversation.
Kate is a Professor in Sustainable Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion where she has a broad remit spanning enterprise, education and research. Kate’s work over the past two decades has infused the field of fashion, textiles and sustainability with design thinking. Her pioneering work in this field ranges from developing ‘slow fashion’ ideas and practice to directional sustainability projects, including Local Wisdom which has engaged thousands of people worldwide with the ‘craft of use’ and ‘post-growth’ fashion.
As a prominent figure in the field of sustainable fashion research Kate’s expertise and perspective is essential to this project effectively addressing the dichotomy that currently exists between Fashion and Wearable technology and the need for effective sustainable solutions. Throughout the project Kate will actively work with the co-applicants to refine and evaluate methodologies for assessment and engagement with the broader community both in public and academic contexts.
Sid is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. In 2004 Sid was recognized by UBC as a Distinguished Scholar. He is internationally known for his work in human-computer interaction, 3D biomechanical modeling, neural networks, new interfaces for musical expression and interactive arts. Sid is a principal investigator of the $22.1M Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems housing interdisciplinary research and the Canadian Networked Centre of Excellence on Graphics, Animation and New Media (GRAND). He was the Director of MAGIC from 2001 to 2012.
Sid will provide the team with critical feedback on technological applications to social/shared interactions worn on the body in each of the three theme based periods investigating: Yawn concepts, Concept Pacts and Distributed Networks. He will also play an active role in helping with technology construction; identifying where and how technologies might be applied to the wearable forms that are developed by cloTHING(s) as conversation’s team of Investigators and Research Assistants.
Joanna is an Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She is an expert and world leader working actively in wearable technology research. As the founder and research director of XS Labs, and the Head of electronic textiles at OM signal, a Montreal start-up developing a line of bio-sensing clothes Joanna has consistently developed innovative methods and applications in electronic textiles and responsive garments.
Joanna’s experience, knowledge and expertise in the domain of wearable technologies will imbue the project with a unique insight to the developing contextual inquiry. She will advise the team and collaborate on wearable form development via technologies and equipment available via the Hexagram Research Institute in Montreal. Her interest in the expressive qualities and the potential of wearable communication are also key to the project related to conversation and its connection to clothing. In short, wearable technologies that enable bi-directional communication in the clothing we wear.
Louise is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design specializing in sustainable design and medical design and past Chair of the University of Washington Industrial Design Program. She is the Co-author of an internationally recognized Eco Design curriculum Okala Ecological Design. Louise was instrumental in initiating Emily Carr University’s participation in the international Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability (PALS). She established and is the lead of Canada’s first DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab.
Katherine is an award winning artist + textile/fashion designer /mending practitioner who specializes in transforming textile industry waste into new textiles and sculptural forms. Since 2003, her experimentation with textile industry waste, specifically hosiery has resulted in an extensive body of work. Katherine is the recipient of the BC Creative Achievement Award 2006, the International Design Green Award 2008 (USA) and was shortlisted for the Niche Award 2007 (USA), and the SustainART Competition 2014 (UK). Katherine was the Visiting Artist and Lecturer in Textiles at the Welch School of Art, Georgia State University in 2013/2014. She is currently based in Vancouver. Please see her work at Sans Soucie.
Philip Robbins holds an M.A. from the Royal College of Art in London, a B.A. from The Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a B.Ed from the University of British Columbia. Philip’s research practice explores a wide spectrum of material innovation, media and technology in a career that spans props production for film and television, public artwork and education. Since 2000 Philip has taught across a wide range of disciplines with an emphasis on material practice, 3D software and digital output technologies.
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2014/2015 – Shannon Mortimer, Jason Nicholls, Nicolene McKenzie, Logan Mohr, Mia Daniels, Lisa Boulton, Karen Byskov
2013/2014 – Jason Nicholls, Nicolene McKenzie
2012/2013 – Jason Miller , Steven Enns, Solveig Johannessen, Bob Ross, Melanie Wadell, Lisa Boulton, Karen Byskov
2011/2012 – Mia Daniels, Jared Korb
2016/2017 – Emily Smith
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2014/2015 – Maia Rowan, Christina White
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