Black, Sandy (2010) Women in Science and Engineering. In: The Impact of a Low Carbon Future, 30th March 2010, Institute of Physics. (Unpublished)
|Type of Research:||Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item|
Abstract for the PAWS Women in Science & Engineering Event at which Sandy Black delivered the lecture:
New jobs, new skills and new consumer choices are emerging as governments, employers, organisations and individuals work towards a low carbon future. And further change is needed in manufacturing and lifestyles if the UK is to meet agreed targets for the reduction of CO2 emissions - 80% by 2050. From fashion to farming to forging new materials... the degree to which this new culture will permeate our lives is only just being appreciated.
This PAWS (Public Awareness of Science) evening introduced some of the women scientists and engineers working to meet this challenge. It also looked at the challenges involved in communicating the issues surrounding a low carbon future to a wide public.
|Additional Information (Publicly available):||
Knitwear, fashion and textiles design with particular emphasis on 3 dimensional aspects of design and realisation, incorporating mathematical principles. Inter-disciplinary design in social and cultural context; Innovation in knitwear particularly 3D and seamless construction; Intersection of arts and science with design; Sustainability issues in fashion and textiles.
My current research interests seek to Interrogate Fashion - its practice and design processes. I am developing projects that integrate old and new technologies and seek new ways to approach the design and creation of fashion-related products through the relationship between craft practices and advanced technology. A key concept underpinning this research is the notion developed with the Interrogating Fashion Research Cluster during 2005 of more responsible design that takes into account the wider environmental, ethical, social and individual needs of products and their users.
Drawing on my background in both knitwear design and mathematics, I am involved in personal research which is exploring new forms in the realisation of knitwear, using advanced technologies and based on mathematical concepts of topology.
As principal investigator of the EPSRC/AHRC funded Research Cluster 'Interrogating Fashion' I am bringing together academics, fashion and textile designers, computer and material scientists, artists, musicians and researchers to discuss future ideas and changing paradigms for fashion and accessories in the 21st century. With a focus on practice, process and presentation , the research cluster will explore, through workshops and events during the current year, three overlapping themes:
• Digital Fashion? from craft to mass customisation
• The Fashion Paradox: transcience and sustainability
• Fashion in Context: presentation and display, audience and engagement
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||Fashion Science, Design, Technology, Textile, Fashion|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion
Research Centres/Networks > Centre for Sustainable Fashion
|Funders:||The New Engineering Foundation, The UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC), The Institute of Physics (IoP)|
|Event Location:||Institute of Physics|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)|
|Date Deposited:||26 May 2010 10:43|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 21:22|
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