sKINship is a research program and professional network promoting cross disciplinary collaborations between Visual Arts and Science based practitioners. The forum provides a space in which to exchange knowledge and ideas – exploring the processes of ‘Making’ as a universal visual language, to communicate and share. The creation of this platform creates an openness to collaborate to ensure that boundaries between disciplines can be challenged.
sKINship’s current research program looks to promote experimental collaborations between the disciplines of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Pattern Cutting for Fashion. By exploring points of commonality and contrast between these subjects a unique dialogue is being developed, informing new practices in the design and planning of surgical procedures and garments. Key collaborators in this project to date include Mrs Sarah Pape, Rhian Solomon, Juliana Sissons, Liz Ciokajlo, Manolis Papastavrou, The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and Henry Poole – Tailors of Savile Row.
Juliana Sissons (a pattern cutting specialist and key collaborator with the sKINship project) has introduced reconstructive plastic surgeons to dress making and dart manipulation techniques. The sKINship project has also run pattern cutting inspired by plastic surgery workshops for the general public whereby fashion has acted as an access point to the complex world of surgery. Sissons has also begun to apply surgical cutting and construction techniques to the creation of garments, developing interesting dart manipulation techniques and structures as a result.
Through this and future projects, sKINship aims to engage wider audiences across Science, Art and Design based practices.