Professor of Digital Design and Innovation Associate Dean of Research
London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion
Professor Jane Harris is Associate Dean of Research at London College of Fashion.
Her Doctoral study, established novel approaches to digital imaging design and creative computing disciplines, informed by an established textile and material practice. Working with 3D CGI animation and real time tools, encompassing issues of craft and aesthetic, her pioneering imaging work is a hybrid of design, artefact and experience, broadly impacting museum, e-commerce, CGI film /game narratives and design realms.
An experienced PI on UK Research Council awards, Harris has also received Fellowships from the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the Arts Foundation and awards from the Arts Council of England, the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and Channel4.
An Advisor and Peer Reviewer to the European Commission for ICT (FP7 & Horizon 2020), Harris is also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. She has advised the EPSRC, the Arts Councils of England (ACE) and Scotland, the Crafts Council and worked extensively in the UK and international HE sector, including as Visiting Professor of Design Research, Geneva University of Art & Design.
Jane Harris has co-convened international design / science events including: What Future Fashion Fabrication, The Barbican, London; Textile Futures Research Salons, UAL/ ICA, London; Wearable Futures, University of Wales; PixelRaiders2, Sheffield Hallam University; and PixelRaiders, V&A, London, commissioned by ACE.
Membership of Editorial Boards and reviewer roles include: Textile, Journal of Cloth and Culture (Routledge); Digital Creativity, (Taylor and Francis); The Journal of Craft Research, (Intellect); The Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, (Routledge).
The intersection of design, information and communication technology, craft, science and technology; fashion, textiles and material innovation in 3D digital and real design contexts; transdiciplinary approaches toward novel making, material, interaction, environment, sensory and experiential design concepts.
Supported by AHRC, NESTA and specialist industry, VICON motion capture and Autodesk, Jane Harris pursues enquiry of the following through practice and theory:
Digital interpretation of material form, enhancement of visualization experiences using real-time, haptic and augmented reality technology; development of digital design and presentation paradigms pertaining to 'future' fashion; code in contemporary design and craft contexts; design of digital methods to examine, interpret and experience cultural heritage in particular surface, textiles, dress and highly crafted environments; identification of digital and 'real time' design methods to fashion novel environment and identities for film, games and virtual realms; review and communication of tacit craft knowledge in evolving imaging and interactive technology contexts.
Theoretical practice navigates transdisciplinary design, digital design of image, object, moving image, craft and material in digital contexts, CAD CAM, technology and material innovation contexts. Publications include: Co-Author of Digital Visions for Fashion+Textile: Made In Code (Thames & Hudson); Digital Skin(Routledge); Digital Practice in Material Hands (Intellect).
Creative practice has been internationally exhibited including at: the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, US; Tokyo Design Centre, Japan; Curtin Art Gallery, Perth Australia; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and is in the collection of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Her Practice is cited in:
Naomi Bailey Cooper, Fur and exotic alternatives; designing a biodegradable and sustainable luxury textile. Can an ethical alternative textile to fur and exotics be created which is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly?
Elizabeth Ciokajlo Squire, The Future Form of Design - Evolving design forms for future manufacturing.
Ilaria Martello, Space, body, costume: a re-framing of costume as a spatial and temporal dynamic in contemporary ballet.
Rhian Solomon, Designer Facilitator: The Body as a Meeting Place for Advancing Collaborations between Design and Reconstructive Surgical Fields to Enhance Methods in Clinical Practice.
An experienced PhD supervisor, advisor and examiner (with UAL and other UK / international Universities), Jane Harris supported delivery of an AHRC funded doctoral skills initiative for design research students, resulting in the London-based Centre for Doctoral Training in Design Research Study (LDOC), in collaboration with Royal College of Art and Kingston University. UAL students supervised to completion:
Harris, Jane (2013) Digital Skin, How Developments in Digital Imaging Techniques and Culture are Informing the Design of Futuristic Surface and Fabrication Concepts. Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 11 (3). pp. 242-261. ISSN 1475-9756
Harris, Jane (2012) Digital Practice in Material Hands: How Craft and Computing Practices Are Advancing Digital Aesthetic and Conceptual Methods. Craft Research, 3 (1). pp. 91-112. ISSN 2040-4689
Braddock Clarke, Sarah E. and Harris, Jane (2012) Digital Visions in Fashion + Textiles: Made in Code. Thames & Hudson, London and New York. ISBN 9780500516447
Harris, Jane and Simonson, Caryn and Sides, Andrew (2008) Textile Futures in Second Life. [Show/Exhibition]
Harris, Jane (2007) Potential Beauty. [Art/Design Item]
Harris, Jane (2006) Lady with Ankh Cross (4th century A.D. portrait). [Art/Design Item]
Harris, Jane (2005) "Crafting" Computer Graphics — A Convergence of Traditional and "New" Media. Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 3 (1). pp. 20-34. ISSN 14759756
Harris, Jane (2004) Empress's New Clothes. [Art/Design Item]