materialising the 

imagination

kate Whittaker

Master's of creative technology, AUT

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ABSTRACT

This research will explore the aesthetic potential of tactile and sensory materials to stimulate engagement and memory. This inquiry explores and combines different textile design methods, materials, and technologies to enhance sensory engagement. The processes developed and the material outcomes produced will be considered and contextualized in relation to theories of embodied cognition and creativity. The significance of tactility and sensory engagement, to the imagination of both the creator/researcher and to the audience, is a key focus of the project. While there is a body of technical research on the quantification of textile feel and tactility (the handle of cloth), textile design research has tended to focus on visual aesthetics. This project will contribute to the articulation of textile expression through tactile and other sensory modes.  

wHO AM I?

Kate Whittaker is a textile designer who specializes in digital textile creation and manipulation and is currently completing her Masters of Creative Technology degree at AUT. Her Master's project has been created to allow for the development of digital knit within interactive and fiber art. The research explores the aesthetic potential of tactile and sensory materials to stimulate engagement and memory. Kate is extremely passionate about the development of the way that people interact with textiles and how that affects the imagination and is excited to see where the future takes her research. 

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