The Hand of the Cloth: an Ontological and Aesthetic unfolding through Digital and Virtual Materiality

Miranda Smitheram, PhD (November 2013 – November 2016)
The research builds on postdigital ideas to take a speculative approach in imagining what future fashion could look like.

People Involved:
Miranda Smitheram – PhD researcher
Associate Professor Frances Joseph – Primary Supervisor
Dr Mandy Smith – Secondary Supervisor
Gregory Bennett – Advisor

Miranda’s research questions how cloth and surface can be reimagined through a digital materiality. This inquiry shifts across fashion, textile and art practices, merging new technologies with traditional techniques to craft physical-digital design. Miranda’s main areas of interest are material knowledge, experimental Motion Capture, generative design, 3D surfaces and digital surface imaging.

Digital Dress

Colab, Motion Capture Lab, and Textile & Design Lab

dematerialized fashion, digital craft, digital materiality, digital surface imaging, future fashion, material knowledge, motion capture, speculative design

Selected publications:
Smitheram, M. (2015). Imagining and imaging future fashion. Craft Research, 6(2), 241–255.

Smitheram, M. (2013). The Superfluous and the Ephemeral: Consumerism, globalisation and future fashion systems (Master of Philosophy thesis, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand).