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UCBC Learning and Teaching Conference 2012

@sk – Academics Sharing Knowledge

The theme of the conference is sharing and engaging others in good practice to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. This is particularly relevant in a rapidly changing external context where maintaining and continuing to enhance high quality will be crucial.

Technology enhanced practice: Tweet, Pin and Scoop – Creative approaches to engaging in and documenting research

This presentation and paper will examine how online social networking micro blogging tools (Twitter) as well as ‘content curation’ platforms (Pinterest and Scoop-it) can be used for both synchronous and asynchronous activities with a focus on how these tools help to facilitate blended approaches to teaching and learning. These tools can be used to introduce good practice for academic research and referencing and can be used as selective research methods that encourage curation not aggregation of information. Curation online, requires skill ‘mastery, passion, knowledge and expertise. Without such additional layers, a curated collection of links is just a collection of links’ (Foremski 2011). How these tools can be used to encourage collaborative working practices as well as interactive discussion will also be illustrated. By their nature these tools can also be used to widen participation and be used for asynchronous activity. In addition to being used as academic research tools their uses for Social media profile development and networking opportunities will also be referred to.

Foremski, T 2011, Curation Is Not Cheap Content… weblog, accessed 14th March 2012< http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2011/05/curation_and_ch.php >

FdA Graduate Photoshoot

Karen Casper graduated from the FdA in Textiles at University Centre Blackburn College last year and brought her textile creation to life with this fabulous photoshoot with professional photographer and course tutor Andrew Farrington. More from Karen can be found at her Blog – http://tulleandcandyfloss.blogspot.com And you can find Andrew at – http://www.facebook.com/pages/andrewf-photography/41006849089

Initial samples

The initial samples explored cutting through the pre-felt at various stages of felting to find a balance between being felted enough to give crisp edges but not too much so as to lose some softness and the technical ability for it to felt together as a fabric. The laser cutter has 3 variations to consider; the speed of the laser, the power of the laser and the frequency of the laser in relation to the speed. To reduce the flame and smoke the power needs to be reduced which restricts the depth of the cut. Each piece needed five to six passes at four to five minutes a go, to cut through each piece of felt. This made it a lot quicker and more accurate than by doing it by hand but was not as quick as I would have liked in terms of potential mass production or churning out samples.

Tests

Designing the cut

The ice cream motif was developed using the vector drawing software Adobe Illustrator. This particular software is best for drawing from scratch and files can be saved in the appropriate format (EPS) for the laser cutter. The software is designed to take a motif and repeat it easily as a pattern. The stills (fig 4-6) show the design in full and also the separation of the components of the motif. Having the motif separated gave some flexibility and would enable the components of the design to be lasered separately if that was required.

design
Icecream Motif

The creative journey – starting point and creative ideas

The themes in my work are often based around childhood and/or found objects that interest me. I often start the creative process with photographs, objects and sketches. I see this stage as ‘ideas research’ and it often involves revisiting existing work or developing unresolved pieces. For this research I started with a photograph of myself as a child (fig 1) – the main focus and interest in this image was the ice cream. I often find it interesting to make relationships between objects and imagery and after finding an ornament of a boy with an ice cream (fig 2) this became the theme for the work.

Fig 1
fig 2

Exploring creative applications of the laser cutting equipment for textiles

The research examined the use of the laser cutter as part of a creative process in relation to my own professional practice.

My own professional practice has always explored the blurring of boundaries between disciplines, with materials and processes being tools and ways to articulate ideas. Combining traditional methods and techniques with new technologies adds another layer of context to my work as well as offering different sensibilities and aesthetics.

sample
sample of laser cutting felt