I just spent two short days at The Swedish School of Textiles, at The University of Borås, at the new Textiles Fashion Centre… They moved since last time I was here and the new building is wonderful. The people I am meeting are as smart and interesting as ever. Actively engaged in textiles research, fashion and interaction. It’s very inspiring.
Monday March 30, Marian Kooroshnia will have her licenciate seminar, and I may try to come back. The work looks very good. Very rigorous. The book of her research so far is thorough and thoroughly impressive (book on the left, abstract on the right):
I actually came for Barbara Jensen’s PhD Defence. I will post more about it shortly. it’s good to have such good work being undertaken in such close proximity. They are technically and artistically so strong in Borås. I haven’t read the theses or publications yet, but they blow many out of the water technically and artistically . And I love that all of their candidates’ research is shaped into a book (or two, or more)
I seriously think we need to start making books of our research at SDU. Sexy, aesthetically refined, serious research books. The Swedish School of Textiles does it so well. Kristina Höök’s group in Stockholm have the same practice for interaction research. As does TU/e. Very inspiring. TU/e had some great writings as well. The practice needs to be replicated. If nothing else, the pressure to prepare a book forces the candidate/researcher to be thorough in the presentation and articulation of ideas from an aesthetic, as well as intellectual perspective. But it’s more than this. It’s a legacy, a record – not in any heavy sense, but a claim to the evolution of a group’s commitment to doing quality research, making and thinking. Definitely to be pursued.