AHRC - STA(r) Project


Accessing Implicit Knowledge of Textiles and Design

A smart, living archive for a heritage industry

 AHRC Digital Transformations - Research Development Award: AH/J013218/1

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This project assesses the feasibility and potential impact of a smart, living archive for the textile industry through the development of a demonstrator package. It investigates the potential of such an archive to provide more flexible, interactive and collaborative engagements within the textile industry in support of the activities of both practitioner and academic communities.

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Industry Showcase, Galashiels, June 2012
The Scottish Borders Design and Technology Showcase (Galashiels, 28 June 2012) presented ground breaking research in textiles and design technology. 

Johnstons of Elgin Workshops
A team from Johnstons of Elgin were involved in knowledge sharing workshops.

Research Team
The team are composed of member of both IMaGeS and IDEAS Research Institutes and also the School of Textiles & Design at Heriot-Watt University -

Professor Dorothy Williams, IMaGeS Research Institute, Robert Gordon University

Professor Susan Craw, IDEAS Research Institute, Robert Gordon University

Suzanne Martin, School of Textiles & Design, Heriot-Watt 

Dr Simon Burnett, IMaGeS Research Institute, Robert Gordon University

Dr Nirmalie Wiratunga, IDEAS Research Institute, Robert Gordon University

Katie Cooper, IMaGeS Research Institute, Robert Gordon University

Ben Horsburgh, IDEAS Research Institute, Robert Gordon University

The research team benefits from a multi-disciplinary partnership combining the expertise of two universities with industrial experience. A designer from the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University is working with information scientists from IMaGeS and digital technologists from IDEAS, two Research Institutes at Robert Gordon University. Johnstons of Elgin is a key industrial partner in this research collaboration.

This project builds on an initial scoping study, STAR(r), funded by the Scottish Academy of Fashion, which explores a fresh approach to the potential of textile industry heritage, legacy and archives to become more than just a discussion about the past. 

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STA(r) Report


Accessing Implicit Knowledge of Textiles and Design

a smart, living archive for a heritage industry

Download the report here: AHRC - Sta(r) Project Report

Authors:

Professor Dorothy Williams

Professor Susan Craw

Suzanne Martin

Dr Simon Burnett

Dr Nirmalie Wiratunga

Katie Morrison

Ben Horsburgh

Industry Showcase

Hidden Scottish design heritage is STA(r) of show

The Scottish Borders Design and Technology Showcase, held in Galashiels on 28 June 2012, presented ground breaking research in textiles and design technology. Scottish Academy of Fashion academic partners, Robert Gordon University and Heriot-Watt University, presented the Scottish Textile Archive STA(r) project in collaboration with Johnstons of Elgin.

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Photos:  STA(r) logo and signage and Project Team discussions in Galashiels

The presentation, 'Smart living archive for the Scottish textile community', was given by Professor Dorothy Williams at the event - see AHRC STA(r) presentation: Galashiels, June 2012 (PDF)

 Showcase presentation: STA(r)     Showcase view: STA(r)

Photos: Views of Showcase audience

Project Workshops

Johnstons of Elgin Workshops

Design, production, retail and management teams from Johnstons of Elgin were involved in Knowledge Sharing Workshops led by academics from Heriot-Watt and Robert Gordon University.

Workshop - Day 1

Workshop day 1 (cards): STA(r) Workshop day 1: STA(r)Materials: STA(r)

Workshop - Day 2

Identifying Sample: STA(r) Workshop day 2: STA(r)Connections & Descriptions: STA(r)

The workshops produced the sample of items on which the demonstrator is based.