Current research/thesis title:
Textile Connections: E-textiles for social connectedness
Sara Nevay is a doctoral researcher with a background in textile, service and co-design.
In the face of growing and endemic social conditions such as loneliness and social isolation, the PhD research 'Textile Connections' explores the use of textiles, soft materials and electronics in enabling people – particularly older adults – in feeling more socially connected to their family, peers and wider community.
With textiles historically acknowledged as communicators and the making of textiles as a vehicle for social interaction, this research invites older adults with experience of loneliness to imagine possible future means of enabling and supporting feelings of social connectedness. In combining the social practice of crafting and using textiles, with electronics and technology, this project aims to design novel and engaging tools for social interaction, and to reveal new or different ways of communicating and connecting meaningfully with others.
By combining textiles with sound, this research has produced a series of e-textile prototypes designed to encourage interaction, conversation and bonding. These include, the Dundee Conversation Quilt (pictured), which was created to embody and encourage storytelling around identity and shared experiences.
Sara also collaborates with fellow PhD researcher, Lucy Robertson, to explore the wider wellbeing benefits produced in making and interacting with e-textiles.
Names of Supervisors: Dr Chris Lim; Gary Gowans