Dear Helle Abild,
I read your email below just then upon my arrival at RCA in London today
(for my PhD viva in Fashion Womenswear). I bet you might have known
already, the persons you need to talk to in RCA are Joan Farrer (or Dr.
Farrer now as she just passed her PhD viva in constructed textiles), and
Jane Harris, whos is to have her PhD viva in printed textile tomorrow!!!
PhD candidate in Fashion Womenswear
Royal College of Art, London
>I am looking for people who has finished a Phd or is in the middle of
>getting on in any area of Textile Design.
>I am a Danish Textile Designer living and working in San Francisco.
>I have been offered a Phd grant from one of the 2 Danish design Colleges.
>To my knowledge this is the first time money has been given to
>research in design in Denmark, and it would be the first Phd. For
>that reason there isn't really any one in Denmark I can ask about
>anything. I think the plan is that I am going to meet with people
>from RCA and the design school in Finland, who has research, and if
>there is any other interesting places in Europe.
>I have worked with computer and textile designs for over 10 years and
>have recently developed patterns for DUPONT for testing in digital
>printers, but I also work with weaving mills where everything is done
>electronically.The overall area for the research is Digital Textiles
>and Interactive Media. I have started research here in the US at
>conferences and different for digital printing, software, weaving
>etc. My plan was to spend the fall to narrow down the area I think
>the research should be about, at this point is is rather open, better
>color management software, better ways to simulate fabric qualities,
>how to feel a texture from the computer etc etc...........
>I have not finally accepted moving back to Denmark in September to do
>the Phd, because I feel I need more information. It is important for
>me, that there still will be a big part of designing and
>experimenting in the research process. I don't want it to be to "dry"
>, but at the same time it is important for me that the project will
>end up being something new and different for the industry.
>All input and sharing of experiences will be highly appreciated, also
>if you field is not textiles design, since the process is the same
>for every area.
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>if you are interested, you can read a little more about me, on my (5
>year old-and-really badly-need to be re-designed) website