Jimin Seo

PhD Work

Jacquard weave for interior design: valuing arts and crafts through encoding emotion and information

My research explores aspects of emotional durability through textile design. The meaning of emotionally durable textiles, particularly those using a Jacquard weave design, was encoded in the form of QR code (Quick Response code) patterns, which, when scanned by a smartphone, lead users through a digital portal to digital platforms which inform and network users. Considering the origins of the computer in the digital binary logic of weave and its mechanisation in the Jacquard loom, the use of the weave process as a medium for encoding the meaning of the material is especially interesting for the designer as a means of activating the agency of the maker and the user. The use of textiles in all aspects of everyday life ensures the proximity of textile as an interface between the familiarity and comfort of the material and the designer’s addition of the function of rationality in relation to others and to the world of knowledge, networking and activism. The research concludes with a range of prototype Jacquard designs, which activate the relationship between designer and user through the medium of encoded messages. Using the Jacquard code as a part of new digital media of twenty-first-century technology is a way for design practice to celebrate the industrial innovation of mechanised weave and to apply this to the challenges of sustainability.

The aim of the research is to explore some of the ways in which Jacquard weaving can resume its original pioneering role in industrial innovation. My design aims to explore how the concept of emotional durability can encourage people to care more about the environment through their encounters with textiles. This may offer the designer greater agency in encouraging responsibility for sustainability. I conclude that this is a journey, and I design a series of textiles for mass transit upholstery.

Info

  • PhD

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    Textiles, 2010–2016

  • Jimin Seo has a PhD degree in Textile Fashion Design from Hanyang University in Korea, graduating in 2009. She has lectured about Textile Design and Design Theory in South Korea. She has also participated in many international exhibitions and conferences, in many cities such as LA and New York, Tokyo, Innsbruck, New Delhi and so on. She has also had two solo textile-exhibitions with dot and line theme using the jacquard loom in Seoul.

    The research explores aspects of emotional durability through textile design at the Royal College of Art through a practice-based PhD degree.

  • Degrees

  • PhD Textile Fashion Design, Hanyang University, South Korea, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • The 2nd Jimin Seo Textile Design Exhibition Using Line, Gallery Indeco, Seoul, South Korea, 2008; The 1st Jimin Seo Textile Design Exhibition Using d·o·t, Gallery Indeco, Seoul, South Korea, 2006; Work–in–Progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Work–in–Progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Work–in–Progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2013; Work–in–Progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2012; Work–in–Progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2011