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Susan Carden MRes in Creative Practices, PGDip Printed Textile Design (CAD), BA (Hons) Woven Textile Design

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PhD Research Student

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School of Design

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Silk hand-crafted digital print
Susan Carden

Silk hand-crafted digital print

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Susan Carden


Innovative synthesis of craft and digital processes: theory building through textile design practice

Supervisors: Professor Irene McAra McWilliam, Jimmy Stephen-Cran

Advanced technology is increasingly providing artists and designers with new opportunities for extending the breadth and scope of contemporary practice. While many designers have an affinity with the materials and tools of their own medium, traditional skills and practical knowledge are often situated within particular domains. However, it takes considerable time and effort to acquire craft skills and, if care is not taken, the process of mastering them can be overlooked, resulting in designs that lack distinctive qualities. Also, discourse between textiles and other de- sign disciplines are still uncommon, so by making this expertise explicit, new multidisciplinary connections may be formed.

My Ph.D. investigates the relationship that is forged when craft practices and advanced technology are brought together through studio inquiry. I use my own textile practice as a method for theory building in craft and design research. My background in printed and constructed textile design practice underpins this study. It is also informed by my previous research that explored the use of digital technologies in the UK textile industry.
By developing new processes for digital textile printing, this study provides an insight into the application of grounded theory through textile design practice. The novel techniques and formal theory I have created will enable practitioners and those engaged in reflective practice, such as researchers, artists and designers, to enhance their studio practice.

Publications include:
Carden, S. 2015. (In production, monograph) Digital textile printing: art, design, culture, to be published by Bloomsbury. 2015.
Carden, S. 2015. (In production, chapter) Processes within digitally printed textile design. Crafting textiles in the digital age, to be published by Bloomsbury. 2015.
Carden, S. 2014. A critique of the technologies used in digitally printed textile design. Proceedings CIPED VI Congresso Internacional de Presquisa en Design: An Agenda for Design. ISSN: 2175-0289. July 2014.
Carden, S. 2013. Innovative synthesis of craft and digital processes: theory building through textile design practice. PhD thesis, Glasgow School of Art.
Carden, S. 2013. Craft informed digital textile printing. Making Futures Vol. 2 Proceedings 2011 International Conference Crafts as Change Makers in Sustainably Aware Futures. March 2013.
Carden, S. 2013. Digitally printed textiles: new processes & theories. DRS2012 Vol.2 Proceedings Biennial International Conference. 199–212. January 2013.
Carden, S. 2011. Authenticity in digital printing. DPPI’11 Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference Designing Pleasurable Products & Interfaces, Article No. 40, ACM Digital Library. June 2011.
Carden, S. 2011. Digitally printed textiles: a number of specific issues surrounding research. Journal of Craft Research, Vol. 2 (1). April 2011.
Carden, T., Carden, S. 2008. Pattern configuration as design paradigm. EuroIMSA ’08 Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications. ACTA Press Anaheim, CA, ISBN: 978-0-88986-752-9. March 2008.
Carden, S. 2007. Historical consciousness and mathematical creativity. Proceedings of Reflections on Creativity: exploring the role of theory in creative practices. Imprint: Duncan of Jordanstone College, ISBN: 1 837 56 6. July 2007.  

Conference papers include:
Carden, S. 2012. Digitally printed textiles: new processes & theories. DRS2012 Design Research Society, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. July 2012.
Carden, S. 2011. Processes within digitally printed textile design. TRIP Textiles Research in Process,
An international symposium exploring the role and relevance of traditional hand skills in contemporary textiles, Loughborough University, Loughborough. November 2011.
Carden, S. 2011. A critique of the technologies used in digitally printed textile design CIPED Agenda for Design, International Conference, Fundaçāo Gulbenkian, Lisbon. October 2011.
Carden, S. 2011. Craft informed digital textile printing. Making Futures, Crafts as Change Makers in Sustainably Aware Futures, Plymouth University, Plymouth. September 2011.
Carden, S. 2011. Authenticity in digital printing. DPPI Designing Pleasurable Products & Interfaces International Conference, Politecnico di Milano, Milan. June 2011.
Carden, S. 2009. Crafting digitally printed textiles. GA8 Generative Art International Conference, Politecnico di Milano, Milan. December 2009.
Carden, S. 2009. How design relates to art in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society Conference, Middlesex University. May 2009.
Carden, S., Carden, T. 2008. Mnemonic descriptors as generative principles in digital type. GA9 Generative Art International Conference, Politecnico di Milano, Milan. December 2008.
Carden, T., Carden, S. 2008. Pattern configuration as design paradigm. IASTED International Conference on Visual Communications, Congress, Innsbruck. March 2008.
Carden, S. 2006. Historical consciousness and mathematical creativity. Reflections on Creativity International Conference: exploring the role of theory in creative practice, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. April 2006.