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Report: DHS Conference Bursary by Leanne Tonkin - Postconservation model in contemporary textile and fashion conservation
Report: DHS Conference Bursary by Leanne Tonkin - Postconservation model in contemporary textile and fashion conservation

Leanne Tolkin is a PhD researcher and a textile and fashion conservator. In this report Leanne talks about the ‘postconservation’ model that extends the legacy and appreciation of fashion artefacts beyond a representational conservation approach. After all, if a fashion item is designed to degrade, what are the archival implications in conserving, documenting processes and ‘performance’ of the applied characteristics of such artefacts?

14 June 2022 -

Reports
Provocative Places: the Colosseum, Rome
Provocative Places: the Colosseum, Rome

Welcome to the next edition of our Provocative Places and Objects blog series, in which our Ambassadors look more at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Alexandra Banister looks at the Colosseum in Rome, and discusses issues surrounding much-visited architectural sites of historical importance which were designed for inhumane purposes.

8 June 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Report: Student Research Access Award by Sophia Tai

In this report, Sophia Tai takes us through her journey into the archives in the search of the history and character of the Tamil script, the official language in Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia. Tai's research journey was supported by a DHS Student Research Access Award.

8 June 2022 -

Reports
Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Barbara Jaffee
Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Barbara Jaffee

Our final Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar examines pedagogic histories and practices. Ahead of the event, our Ambassador Alexandra Banister asked Barbara Jaffee, Associate Professor Emerita of Modern Art and Design History at Northern Illinois University, more about her research into the work of the art historian Helen Gardner.

26 May 2022 -

Interviews
Provocative Objects: A dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Provocative Objects: A dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

Welcome to the next in our "Provocative Objects" series, in which DHS Ambassador Wiktoria Kijowska looks at a dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann which can act as a window into the role of imported exotic materials in French furniture production during the interwar period.

24 May 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Sofia Fernández
Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Sofia Fernández

Our final Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar examines pedagogic histories and practices. Ahead of the event, our Ambassador Alexandra Banister asked Sofia Fernández, Research Associate in the Industrial Design Programme at the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, more about her research into gender studies in university design programmes in Germany.

24 May 2022 -

Interviews
Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Alyona Sokolnikova
Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Alyona Sokolnikova

This week’s Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar looks at design amidst the Cold War. Alyona Sokolnikova, independent researcher, writer, curator and teacher, and founder of the Women Designers: USSR research project, spoke to DHS Ambassador Alexandra Banister about her work on women designers in the Soviet Union, 1960-1980.

19 May 2022 -

Interviews
Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Bettina Siegele
Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Bettina Siegele

This week’s Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar looks at design amidst the Cold War. Our Ambassador Alexandra Banister interviewed Bettina Siegele, Assistant Professor and PhD Researcher in the Department of Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck, about her research into feminist approaches to architectural history ahead of her paper on the architect Karola Bloch.

18 May 2022 -

Interviews

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