Designers by any other name: exploring the sociomaterial practices of vernacular garment menders

dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorDurrani, Marium
dc.contributor.departmentMuotoilun laitosfi
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Designen
dc.contributor.schoolTaiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulufi
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Arts, Design and Architectureen
dc.description.abstractStudies around the cultures of design indicate a mutually constitutive relationship designers share with materials when in practice. However, professional designers are not the only ones experiencing proximate relations with materials. With the recent emergence of community-based repair workshops, non-professional designer practices of fixing things, like garments, reveal sites of active material tinkering aiding transitions in current clothing disposal patterns. Using qualitative research methods and a sociomaterial theoretical lens, this paper takes the mending activities of non-professional menders in communal repair workshops in the city of Helsinki, Finland, as its point of departure. The study identifies these menders as vernacular menders and explores their dynamic practices to reveal the situated, embodied, routinized yet creative process of mending. The created outputs by the vernacular menders result in what is termed as informal design and point towards extending mainstream conceptualizations on design and creativity. In such a way, suggesting new insights on sociomaterial-enabled practices emerging around the brims of professional design.en
dc.description.versionPeer revieweden
dc.identifier.citationDurrani, Marium. 2018. Designers by any other name: exploring the sociomaterial practices of vernacular garment menders. Design Research Society International Conference: Catalyst. DRS International Conference Series. Volume 4. 1731-1746. ISSN 2398-3132 (electronic). ISBN 978-1-912294-19-0 (electronic). DOI: 10.21606/dma.2018.495.en
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-912294-19-0 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn2398-3132 (electronic)
dc.publisherDesign Research Societyen
dc.relation.ispartofDesign Research Society International Conference: Catalysten
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDRS International Conference Seriesen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 4
dc.rights© 2018 Design Research Society. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.
dc.subject.keywordvernacular mendersen
dc.subject.keywordinformal designen
dc.titleDesigners by any other name: exploring the sociomaterial practices of vernacular garment mendersen
dc.typeA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessäfi
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