22nd Jul 2015 - 31st Jul 2015
Sallis Benney Theatre entrance
Cloth and Skin: a research-based and knowledge-transfer collaboration between pattern cutting and plastic surgery, by Juliana Sissons.
Juliana Sissons, lecturer in pattern cutting and design through 3D, carries out research into different forms of pattern cutting that has led to collaborations with a number of reconstructive plastic surgeons. Both skin and cloth have a grain: pattern cutters must consider the grain of thecloth to inform the drape and structure of the garment and plastic surgeonsmust also consider the grain of skin, or 'Langer’s lines', when operating. Pattern cutters and surgeons visualise and work on the body in a similar manner and Juliana and her surgeon collaborators have recognised the potential for approaches and techniques to be transferred from one to the other discipline.
The work currently in the three display plinths includes quarter scale pattern cutting toiles, which show some of the initial explorations with surgery cut. There are also sketchbooks showing drawings of surgical procedures and their relationship to the positioning of grain lines within garment design. A small selection of geometric drawings and knitted swatches are displayed in the third plinth, showing how the designer develops an understanding of material qualities and then makes modifications depending on the results of the stretch.