Fashion and Textile Cumulus Working Group meeting in Shanghai and Wuxi

October 30, 2018 pre-conference day Cumulus Wuxi 2018
October 31, 2018 Cumulus Wuxi 2018

Themes: Cultural heritage and global market trands// Research as a catalyst for textile and fashion education and industry

CULTURAL HERITAGE AND GLOBAL MARKET TRENDS
TFWG Meeting Day organized by Donghua University in cooperation with Cumulus Fashion and Textile Working Group

30th October 2018, Woolmark Education Center, Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, Donghua University
Hosted by Donghua University, Shanghai China

Programme

10:00 Welcome
10:15 Keynote by Dr Juliette MacDonald

Dr Juliette MacDonald, FRSA, FRSA (Scot) completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews. Her research interests focus on both historical and contemporary craft and design with a particular emphasis on issues of cultural heritage and identity. She writes on consumerism, craft and design theory and practice and has articles and reviews published in various Journals as well as book chapters on aspects of Design, Fashion and Craft.

Bridging the gap: Craft, cultural heritage and making a living
Craft’s relationship with a place is often portrayed as a Utopian haven and as a part of an unchanging continuum. Magazines and tourism all do much to promote this view with tradition used as a key element in the successful promotion of the idea of cultural heritage and craft skills. Many indigenous crafts use materials and hand skills that have been passed on across generations which have a direct connection with working on the land, with hunting or fishing, or which generally contribute to the wellbeing of a community’s subsistence. Such association affords the genre a particular status, allowing it an authentic voice of ‘tradition’. This can be helpful at times, but being thought of as representing a specific heritage can also be problematic and leaves many individual practitioners and small companies with the question of how to balance two distinct needs; the continuation of skills and knowledge associated with cultural heritage and the real and pressing need to make a living in a globalised world.
Juliette MacDonald will be joined by Victoria Ho to present an insight into how some of these challenges have been met in Scotland and Vietnam.

11:00 Group discussions focusing on the theme

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Visit to the Shanghai Museum, e.g. exhibition gallery showing costumes of ethnic groups in China

15:00 Departure to Wuxi

More details coming soon!

Pre-registration: justyna.molik@aalto.fi

Pre-conference event of Cumulus Wuxi 2018 www.cumuluswuxi2018.org

Fashion and Textile Cumulus Working Group meeting in Cumulus Wuxi
October 31, 2018, 13:30–17:30
School of Design, Jiangnan University

THEME: RESEARCH AS CATALYST FOR TEXTILE AND FASHION EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY

The theme for Fashion and Textile Working Group at Cumulus Wuxi will central around the role of research in the fashion and textile field. We will discuss how research has contributed to the development of study programmes and the improvement of teaching quality in higher education. Also we will look into ways in which research carried out in academia can support and enhance the fashion and textile industry in various scales.

Speakers (Tentative):
Martijn ten Bhömer, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Kristi Kuusk, Associate Professor, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia

If you are interested in sharing your experience in the meeting, please email me nithikul.nimkulrat@artun.ee.

More info about Cumulus Wuxi: http://cumuluswuxi2018.org

About the group:
The Fashion and Textiles Working Group (FTWG) focuses on education and research within the field of fashion and textiles. FTWG provides its members with an academic forum for knowledge transfer and development in fashion and textile design higher education and with relevant information about the educational, research and cultural policies of different countries regarding our respective field, with a goal of reaching excellence and innovations in fashion and textiles while promoting cooperation and partnership between member institutions through projects and publications.

Contact persons: Professor Nithikul Nimkulrat Estonian Academy of Arts Estonia EAA, nithikul.nimkulrat@artun.ee
Prof. Zhong Hong, Donghua University, Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, zhonghong@dhu.edu.cn

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