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Breaking the Rules in Pattern Cutting: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Almond, Kevin and POWER, Jess (2018) Breaking the Rules in Pattern Cutting: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Journal of Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, 17 (1). pp. 33-50. ISSN 1474273X

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In higher education the practice of pattern cutting is taught in a variety of ways. This ranges from introducing traditional methods of flat pattern cutting and tailoring, draping materials on the dress stand, to using complex 2D and 3D, pattern development software. Pattern cutting combines knowledge of body measurements and body proportions to create a three-dimensional form, which fits the human shape. It amalgamates empirical knowledge with theoretical approaches that utilize a combination of technical and creative skills. Many fashion students find pattern cutting challenging because it is often presented as a methodical and mathematically complex discipline. Arguably it would have more appeal if presented as a craft underpinned by technical skills that use a set of basic rules and procedures. Once an understanding of the basic rules has been acquired, their manipulation using a variety of techniques should be encouraged. This enables the students to find methods that promote creativity and disrupt conventional approaches.

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Additional Information: This submission contains an international journal paper (2018) with supporting evidence in the form of an international peer reviewed conference abstract and presentation (IFFTI). The research is a critique of pattern technology and creative innovation in relation to pedagogical benefits of breaking traditional rules. It is about creating something new by crossing boundaries and disrupting pre-conceived ideas by drawing on different methods and epistemological perspectives. The research explores the use of disorderly forces leading to the development of new approaches for teaching in the creative disciplines. The application of this knowledge to pattern cutting both in industry and education, has the potential to enrich the clothing and fashion industry as it encourages pattern cutters to develop essential skills to cross discipline boundaries resulting in new, novel and innovative clothing. This research was developed through synthesising work presented at an international conference “Creative Cut” in which the authors (Power and Almond) were co-organisers. The conference abstracts were published with Huddersfield university press and the plenary was in the public domain and acted as the foundation for the paper presented above. Further to this the Authors co-edited a special edition of The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, which peer reviewed a selection of the 36 papers presented at the conference (Feb 2016).
Faculty: School of Business, Leadership and Economics > Business, Management and Marketing
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 16:23
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 15:18
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4072

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