Evans, Claire and Shah, Karen (2016) Integrating digital tools into the creative pattern experience. In: Fashion: Exploring Critial Issues, 8th Interdisipinary Fashion Conference, 5-7 Sep 2016, Oxford. (Unpublished)

Rapid development in pattern design technology is currently being seen within the fashion industry. The integration of these digital tools into the pattern cutting process by the pattern designer requires them to obtain new computer–based knowledge. Knowledge that introduces alternative protocols into the pattern creation processes and presents opportunities for innovative pattern cutting practice.
Participants will get an opportunity to see a demonstration providing an overview of the processes that take place when cutting an abstract piece by hand and integrating the use of computerised pattern software into the creative pattern process.
This demonstration is based on the results of a practice-based research project examining the pattern activity that takes place whilst cutting a series of abstract designs/artifacts using both traditional and digital tools. It compares the pattern cutting activities when using different tools and notes the points where there is a perceived advantage to switching tools. Results indicate that the development of patterns is supported through the integration of digital technology in the pattern design process. That digital pattern technology integrated into the pattern development stages provide scope for innovation in creative pattern practice. Thus the combination of the tradition and digital can enhance the creative experience.

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