Invited Talk - 15th May 2019 – 2pm Chichester 3 Building, Room: 3R241
Talk by Dr. Bruna Petreca on “Design Approaches to Explore Textiles through Diverse Embodied Processes”

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In a context where fashion design and retail activities are increasingly having a digital presence, mediating touch is a pressing matter for the field. However, as literature shows, articulating our sensory experiences with textiles is a challenging task. In this talk, I will present cases from our previous research to illustrate how we are investigating the experiential knowledge observed through embodied design processes in this context, and how they may illuminate such concerns. I will reflect on our diverse design approaches to introduce tools that support designers to interrogate people's perceptual experience with textiles. I will do this building on our previous research that identified relevant embodied processes to textile selection through a phenomenological perspective, and which supports a reflection on how we have explored how sensing technology can augment and empower each of these processes.

Short Bio

Bruna Petreca is the Research Fellow in Human Experience & Materials of the Burberry Material Futures Research Group, Materials Science Research Centre, at the Royal College of Art. She is interested in our experience of materials in both physical and digital environments, focusing – though not exclusively – on textiles, and investigates how to support people in exploring and expressing the multisensory aspects of this rich experience. Bruna is also a member of the Materials Experience Lab, is actively engaged with the Micro-Phenomenology research community, and contributes to the Belas Artes University in São Paulo, Brazil, with teaching and to the Material BA-Z.

About the SCHI Lab

The SCHI Lab research lies in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), an area in which research on multisensory experiences makes a difference on how we design and interact with technology in the future. The interdisciplinary team explores tactile, gustatory, and olfactory experiences as novel interaction modalities.


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