Textile Society of America


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Textiles as Cultural Expressions: Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, September 24–27, 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii


Copyright 2008 by the author.



The faculty and graduate students at the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT), located in the Glasgow School of Arts in Scotland, have created a unique academic environment that not only employs culture in design inspiration, but also creates a dynamic academic culture. The team consists of the following five, individuals who are all practicing designers and researchers: Alan Shaw, Industry Coordinator; Vicky Begg, Bureau Coordinator; Helena Britt, a Practitioner/Educator/Graduate Student; and Andrew McDonald, a Research Assistant/Graduate Student and J.R. Campbell, the Research Fellow/Coordinator. Each faculty member and graduate student on this team interacts with each other on various activities within the centre, in which the underlying foundation of teaching and research is a basis for these activities (Fig. 1). The activities of the centre are quite similar to the tripartite expectations of land grant universities in the United States; teaching, research/creative scholarship, and service.

Over Arching Inquiry

In the process of organizing this panel discussion, J.R. Campbell posed the following two questions:

1. If textiles serve as records of a culture’s history and values, how should we approach and evaluate the integration of digitally-created and digitally-produced textiles?

2. How do the applications of digital technologies encourage or inhibit cultural expressions?