Mediterranean Threads: Interdisciplinary Jewellery and Textile Design Narratives between Cultural Craft Heritage and Artisan Communities

O'Hana, Sarah and Bottomley, Stephen (2019) Mediterranean Threads: Interdisciplinary Jewellery and Textile Design Narratives between Cultural Craft Heritage and Artisan Communities. In: Fashion Colloquia, 26-30 January 2020, Jaipur, India. (Submitted)

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Stephen Bottomley and Sarah O’Hana present two collaborative research projects sharing a common
thread of Mediterranean textile histories and contemporary jewellery design. The paper explores
opportunities that working across disciplines can yield by honouring and advancing past cultural
heritages and traditions through academic research and practice. Both jewellery projects unpick past
and present narratives and analyse the circular economy of collaborative Craft and Design with diverse
stakeholders through the questions:
• Can sharing diverse craft vocabularies be applied to expand the production range of an
independent, bespoke industry or community through an intervention or international
academic partnership?
• How do differing cultural perspectives and material knowledge constrain or expand design
thinking?
• What strategies may emerge to promote communication and understanding between the
designers and clients and collections, for heritage interdisciplinary practice-based research?
In 2006 Bottomley, as principal investigator of the Tech-tile project, studied the work in Venice of
designer Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949). Taking inspiration from Fortuny’s textile qualities and
arabesque designs, Bottomley developed a collection of jewellery that O’Hana later participated with,
using her own research in laser-controlled oxide growth on titanium (O’Hana and Turner, 2012).
In 2019 O’Hana draws from the textile history of Mallorca, Spain, to conduct a design project with
Teixits Viçens, an independent company uniquely still working with Ikat weaving. Students from the
BA (Hons) Jewellery & Objects course at the Institute of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles in BIrmigham
City University, UK, were engaged in this collaboration as new thinkers, researchers and designers.
Heritage, material collections and production processes are observed in the designs to propose new
products for Viçens as an independent industry through academic partnership across two countries.
Through a visual display of jewellery, developmental methodologies and winning designs, the paper
illustrates the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration to participate in current global debates
and promote original thinking.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date: 6 November 2019
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Jewellery
Depositing User: Yanyan Wang
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 10:48
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2019 10:48
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8603

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