Radically Relational: Using Textiles As A Platform To Develop Methods For Embodied Design processes

Bruna Petreca, Carmem Saito, Xuemei Yu, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, Andy Brown, Maxine Glancy, Sharon Baurley

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This position paper builds on textiles as a metaphor to explore the experiential knowledge observed through embodied design processes. In order to build understanding, we have tailored our tools and methods to support our explorations so far. As literature shows articulating our sensory experiences with materials is a challenging task. In order to support our investigations, in this paper we present a reflection on our diverse approaches to introduce tools that support us in interrogating how designers relate with materials, particularly textiles, and use their sensorial body to experience them during the creative process. We build on our previous research that identified relevant embodied process to textile selection, and reflect on how we have explored how sensing technology can augment and empower each of these phases, to support the design process. We conclude by discussing the learning outcomes from introducing such tools, in order to reflect on the future of our research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlive Active Adaptive
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials EKSIG 2017
EditorsE. Karana, E. Giaccardi, N. Nimkulrat, K. Niedderer, S. Camere
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherTU Delft Open
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-87-90775-90-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEKSIG 2017 Alive Active Adaptive: International Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 19 Jun 201720 Jun 2017


ConferenceEKSIG 2017 Alive Active Adaptive


  • Embodied processes
  • Experiental knowledge
  • Immersive
  • Augmented
  • Mediated


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