Professor Jane Harris

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Professor of Digital Design and Innovation Associate Dean of Research

London College of Fashion

Biography

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).

Research interests

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.

Research statement

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:

  • Black, S. ed (2013), Fashion and Science Intersections, The Handbook of Fashion Studies, Bloomsbury;
  • Quinn, B. (2011) Design Futures, Merrill; Clarke, S. (2010) Textile Design, Laurence King;
  • Quinn, B. (2010) Textile Futures, Berg;
  • Cicolini, A. (2010) Old Language in a New World, Visual Arts, the India Habitat Arts Journal, Raj Liberhan for the India Habitat Centre;
  • Yair, K. (2010) Making Value Report (case study), Crafts Council; Barley, N. (2007) In Conversation CRAFTs Magazine, Crafts Council;
  • Hemmings, J. (2006) Motion Capture Restoration, Issue 1, Future Materials Magazine;
  • Stott, M. (2005) To Infinity and Beyond, Textiles, Issue No.1, The Textile Institute;
  • O'Mahony, M. (2005) Welcome to the Revolution, Issue 846, International Textiles;

  • Braddock Clarke, S, E. & O'Mahony, M. (2005) TechnoTextile2, Thames & Hudson;
  • Press, M. (2002) The Design Experience, Ashgate/Gower.

Students

Current students & thesis titles

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.

Completed students & thesis titles

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:

Jennifer Ballie, e-Co-Textile Design: How can textile design and making, combined with social media tools, achieve a more sustainable fast fashion future?

Selected research outputs