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I am currently undertaking a part-time MRes in Design alongside my teaching at Northumbria. My research interests lie within the field of Fashion and Craft and more specifically, Knitting. My research seeks to understand how material knowledge is valued in contemporary culture and how master narratives surrounding hands-on creative disciplines are communicated to the public in both explicit and implicit ways. 

Knitting has extremely broad applications, far beyond the Fashion and Apparel sectors within which it is generally understood. Through the use of a single end of yarn and the repetition of a simple action, four-way stretch fabric is created. With applications spanning the medical, construction, and automotive industries, as well as apparel, those working within the industry are well aware of its potential to tackle the environmental challenges we face today.

However, the dominant public discourse around knitting today places it firmly in the private sphere, often understood as no more than a domestic pastime. Through my research, I seek to understand how these narratives are built and communicated with the ultimate aim of repositioning the discipline as a widely accepted way of making across diverse disciplines.

Fashion Design BA (Hons) June 01 2013

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