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PhD Opportunity: 21st Century Tapestry

21st Century Tapestry: an investigation of smart materials, technology interplay and heritage craftsmanship, supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).

Closing date: 30 Oct 2020

Supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), this studentship offers a unique opportunity to contribute new knowledge and insight within traditional tapestry practice as a structure for smart and e-textile development in partnership with Dovecot Studios and researchers from Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and the University of Edinburgh (UoE). 

The PhD project will explore and question how tapestry practice can embrace innovation in smart materials and create a new marketplace and audience for the medium. Specifically, the research will ask, what does a 21st century smart tapestry look like? How can the integration of technologies be embedded within traditional heritage tapestry practice and exploit new aesthetics?

The project will involve practice-based research methodology and experimental prototyping, providing an experimental counterpoint to literature review work. It will also involve working on looms, using electronic components, conductive and state change materials, reflexive analysis of structural and material tapestry components. Included in the studentship is an 18-month placement at Dovecot, which will allow studio practice and knowledge exchange, workshops and involvement in wider research networks.

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Opportunity provided by:
Dovecot Studios
Venue Location:
Dovecot Studios
10 Infirmary Street

0131 550 3660
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