Next steps

September 28, 2016 / 0 comments

It is hard to go into too much detail here how the learning process I went through on this programme has impacted the way I understand things around my, mainly because it has been so huge. But, now that the MA has finished (sob), I am starting to see how massively my way of approaching…

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Hubs and Maps

September 28, 2016 / 0 comments

It happened. I am totally exhausted after working for 4 months on this research project, but also very awake. 12 thousands words later, some tweaking on inDesign and a bit of embroidery later and this book is a thing. The abstract is here: “In this study I explore how design processes can be used to…

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An illustrated guide to embodied learning

September 28, 2016 / 0 comments

From the review of literature I conducted for my independent research project, here is an illustrated guide to embodied learning: Banking education Central to Paulo Freire’s discourse is his aversion to “banking” education, where learning is a process of transmission, and students are “containers” or “receptacles” to be “filled” with static knowledge by teachers who…

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September 28, 2016 / 0 comments

All the wonderful work I made (as in it was wonderful to make) for materialities is up on this micro-site. Check it out! >>>>>> knotting-works.com


Goldsmiths Design Fest

September 28, 2016 / 0 comments

knotting~works Goldsmiths design festival was part of London Design week (which it turns out is London Design -fortnight- not week, but that is great because it means more cool events!). We (MA students) curated and installed a show for the festival, which was a chance to share the work we have been exploring over the…

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What’s in a knot?

August 9, 2016 / 0 comments

Oh me oh my….I’m still knotting things! So, ok its not the worst thing to be doing (and clearly I am really enjoying the process). This time I wanted to explore the space that effects knotting. Dave and I had some conversations about this when knotting molecules, and I thought I should make some experiments…

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What are the patches?

August 1, 2016 / 0 comments

I’ve made a set of patches that can be easily attached to the body, and used as props for learning. In this set I have not included a controller for programming, but that would be the next step. They are not complete in themselves -they are part of a larger set of props that work…

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Using props

August 1, 2016 / 0 comments

“Propping-up” learning with the patches. I ran another workshop to test another (more developed) iteration of the patches, and used them as props. I also used the deconstructed phone map, and we mapped our interests to make the making relevant. These three elements are given “shape” through the learners’ engagement.

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Sewing patches

August 1, 2016 / 0 comments

Some sewing and making.

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Shaping amorphous things

August 1, 2016 / 0 comments

I am making patches and although I want them to be “amorphous” they of course will have a shape because they are things, objects, material. So I am exploring ways of shaping that feels without shape. Squishy in their squishiness. Shaping. Elad Lassry, Pillow (2010)

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Making patches

August 1, 2016 / 0 comments

I’ve tested some patches for making and designing electronics on the body. My concept of “squishy” now focuses on the amorphous. (I have narrowed the concept down to one thread -otherwise there is just too much to explore!). The amorphous of “squishyness” is without a clearly defined shape. And in this case I would like…

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Making molecular knots

July 18, 2016 / 0 comments

Dave’s research is all about molecular dynamics -how molecule “wiggle and jiggle” as he often says. When I started the knotting project I really wanted to explore knotting on a molecular level. And Dave and I discussed what this would mean. Dave’s group have just developed a virtual reality (VR) molecular simulation that transports you…

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Mapping sensors

July 4, 2016 / 0 comments

I am making some props for workshops -ways of introducing concepts of sensing into students’ design process. After interviewing students last week, I’ve decided to make 2 things. 1 is a map of the sensors we have in our bog standard phones. The second are some “human breadboards” which are connectable sensors that you can…

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Thinking through Materialites

July 4, 2016 / 0 comments

Working on the Materialities module has been a fascinating process. For the course we were asked to: …consider the historical conditions, contexts of use, “socio-technical” networks of “entanglement” (Hodder, 2012) or “biography” of a “material” of your own choice. It might be a “material” that you have previously worked with as a designer, or simply…

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July 1, 2016 / 0 comments

Experiments in tensions of knot making: “whether the parts add up to a whole or not, what is missing from the additive logic is the tension and friction that make it possible for persons and things to cling. There is no movement. In the assemblage, it is as though the dancers had turned to stone….

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Time based knotting

June 28, 2016 / 0 comments

Exploring knot happening over time and in different spaces or contexts. I made a few strands like the above and situated them in various places for 5 days. Outside.   In the studio with my beady hands. In the studio with other folks’ beady hands. In my bag. And here they are all in a…

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Judith Scott

June 26, 2016 / 0 comments

Judith Scott knotted things. She was an artist from the Oakland based Creative Growth Studio, but she also spent a lot of her life instituted (she was Downs, and also deaf). She didn’t start making work until joining the studio, and was deaf and mute all her life. Knots were one of the few conversations…

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June 26, 2016 / 0 comments

Quipu is a process of mnemonic knot making made by Inca cultures. Inca cultures had no written text or money, and through the process of knot-making they recorded things such as transfer of property, or powers. Strings are tied in certain ways using colour, distance, direction, and knot formation as signifiers. The coded system of…

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June 20, 2016 / 0 comments

Thumb Knot Granny Knot The Bowline Bend The Carrick Bend


The art of knotting

June 20, 2016 / 0 comments

To start my inquiry into the life of knots I’m going to make some knots. Sounds obvious huh? I got a book out of the library called “The Art of Knotting and Splicing” by Cyrus Lawrence Day. It was originally published in 1947 as a follow up to his 1935 book “Sailors’ Knots”. The book…

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Mapping, methods and methodologies

June 20, 2016 / 0 comments

Cor blimey it’s all got quite map-py recently. We had a “Mapping our IRP” workshop with Lili. And we learned something of methods and methodologies, which I am making steps towards understanding. They go a little something like: Methodology Methodology is the study of how research is done, how we find out about things, and…

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June 20, 2016 / 0 comments

I learned a new word this week: affordances. It is one of the favorite words used by Duncan on the Materialties program. “An affordance is a relationship between the properties of an object and the capabilities of the agent that determine just how the object could possibly be used.” Don Norman (2013). The Design of…

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Why knots?

June 20, 2016 / 0 comments

(I fear that the knot pun will never get tiring) Our project for the Materialities module is to explore a material through any of the following activities: conducting hands-on experiments with your “material” or “thing”; proposing speculative designs for its alternative use or “re-use”; public performances or interventions that deals with its exploitation, consumption, or…

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Research prezo

June 12, 2016 / 0 comments

We presented our research to our groups the other day, and I had to make some rapid decisions in order to focus my project. My feedback was that it was a huge topic, and using the term “squishy” has kind of become a term that describes the solution, rather than the question. General feedback: What…

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Into the Wild

June 10, 2016 / 0 comments

Lots of development on the book app and it also has a name: Bear Abouts! I tested the latest version with participants at Somerset House during the Into the Wild weekend. The app also has a wonderful soundtrack made with a combo of digital sounds and papery noises, which I will share at a later…

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Hirschhorn Mapping

June 4, 2016 / 0 comments

Thomas Hirshorn mapping philosophers. I love these. They feel both like they are in motion and situated. They seem like they are still in progress. “There is a certain parallel to be drawn between the process of knowing and mapping. Both are environmentally situated activities, both are carried out along paths of travel, and both…

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May 27, 2016 / 0 comments

Trying out a thing. I am (and have been in a large part of this MA) led by ideas surrounding embodied learning, and learning through the senses. Donna Harraway argues that science and technology should have an “embodied nature of all vision, and so reclaim the sensory system that has been used to signify a…

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Machine Wilderness

May 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Machine Wilderness project by FO.AM is a series of workshops and research that question the relationship between new technologies and ecological systems -studying how technology can relate to biological systems. “This program starts from the viewpoint of an organism as an expression of it’s habitat and works within a longterm view of interacting populations surfing…

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Human Breadboards

May 16, 2016 / 0 comments

Last year I participated in an etextiles symposium. I collaborated with a group of educators to explore learning + etextiles and wrote about what we made. I’ve just been re-visiting this in the process of making steps towards defining “squishyness”. I (think) I may be converging on some kind of meaning, and I think that…

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A squish by any other name

May 10, 2016 / 0 comments

What is it to be squishy? The first part of my research project is to make steps towards answering this question in the context of learning computing. I’d like to start with exploring some very squishy things. Have you ever delicately plonked your hand in a puddle of frog eggs? This spring (i.e. a few…

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Manifesto making

May 2, 2016 / 0 comments

Today we participated in a manifesto making workshop. The process was: 1. Split into groups of 5 with people from other programs (i.e. not from Design Education) 2. come up with a “design” manifesto 3. present this to the rest of the group 4. go back to the manifesto, make it less general, and make slogans…

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Molecular monsters

April 30, 2016 / 0 comments

This week I attended a talk on crowd-sourced science platforms at my (part time) job, Interactive Scientific (iSci). David, a specialist in molecular dynamics, talked about the problems of protein folding, and about several crowd-sourcing platform where users collect and input data with machines to get better data (as opposed to just humans or just…

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Now Play This

April 15, 2016 / 0 comments

I tested the latest version of the book at Now Play This festival at Somerset House. The book (because of it’s unusually papery interface) was part of the strange controller showcase. It was quite amazing that the device worked, and lasted a day of play with the public, and it was also fun to play…

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Cutting the strings (or re-arranging them a bit)

April 15, 2016 / 0 comments

I say cutting string because there is a string that connects the page through this book by the wonderful Willaim Wondriska I’m looking into how those strings (pages) are deconstructed and reconstructed in books. Dan Collier’s non-hypertext book is full of strings. And, well, ahhem. Hatually, they are just arranged in a non-linear relational way,…

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New pages

April 14, 2016 / 0 comments

New pages and also page holding foot things. Yoop.


Coin Room

April 10, 2016 / 0 comments

The British Museum has a money room. It houses all sorts of currency including coins, paper, stones, plastic, shells and rf-tags.   Also on display at the British Museum is an education project by Artist and designer Heidi Hindler, featuring a group of young people that re-imagined currency through undertaking a design process. The coins…

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The reincarnation of wonder

April 4, 2016 / 0 comments

When I studied literary theory for my undergrad degree we started the course reading Barthes seminal essay. You know the one. The one about texts gaining meaning through the culture in which they exist, and more specifically through the reader that lives in that culture in which the text exists. That one that when I…

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April 3, 2016 / 0 comments

Other things that invite you into the fabric of the book: flipping! Flipology is the science of flips in books. No, I didn’t make up this term. There is a resident flipologist on the streets of San Francisco who performs flipological acts as an art, I have borrowed the term from him. A flipological text…

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Coin making

March 19, 2016 / 0 comments

I cast some coins in pewter. This was the process: 1. making the mould 2. heating the pewter 3. filling the mould with pewter 5. coin


Squishy stuff

March 18, 2016 / 0 comments

This week we’ve been starting to put together our research project proposals. I am thinking of doing something to do with squishy things. I have some initial questions: What are squishy things? Do squishy things help kids learn? What kind of processes are needed to use squishy things in science and technology classes? I’ve been…

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