As our understanding of the provenance and inherent value of artisan textile and craft skills alters through our increasingly digital and fast paced world, there needs to be a revaluing of hand/human processes that reconnect people and products in an empathetic and meaningful way. This paper discusses a multi-disciplinary knowledge exchange research project, across computing and textiles that aims to inform consumers about the craftsmanship, heritage and value of traditional fashion and textile products both in the UK and China, where both countries have long histories and cultural traditions related to textiles. Exploring how immersive experience and techniques could be used to represent and preserve the history and heritage of traditional fashion and textile products the project team are working together with academics and creative practitioners and organisations in Shanghai and Scotland, specifically within Harris, Orkney and Shetland with the aim of establishing long-term and sustainable research and industry partnerships. The paper will specifically discuss a recent 2-day workshop which brought together academics and the creative industries across Scotland together with textile businesses and organisations to explore the opportunities and research and industrial challenges that exist in the areas of fashion/textiles and technology.
STEED, J., JIANG, Y. and CROSS, K. 2019. From augmented to authentic: weaving the past into the future. Presented at 2019 Shoormal conference: new coasts and shorelines: shifting sands in the creative economy, 18-21 September 2019, Lerwick, UK