Commoning situated knowledge: co-teaching-and-learning the ‘design-led upcycling’ of waste clothing

Elaine Igoe*, Sue Noble, Lara Mendonca Guterres Torres, Jennifer Cunningham

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This study examines the introduction of a ‘design-led upcycling’ group project into an established design and enterprise curriculum structure with second year students on BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design at the University of Portsmouth, UK. It reflects the common experience and situated knowledges of academic, technical staff and students contextualised within the changing imperatives of design education. Rogowska-Stangret (2018) outlines how Donna Haraway’s situated knowledges work like an apparatus of producing ‘... a more adequate, richer, better account of a world, in order to live in it well and in critical, reflexive relation to our own as well as others' practices of domination and the unequal parts of privilege and oppression that make up all positions’ (Haraway, 1988, p.579). With this as a pedagogic aim, academics and technicians re-evaluated their established teaching and support methods in relation to upcycling in design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationState-of-the-Art Upcycling Research and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Upcycling Symposium 2020
EditorsKyungeun Sung, Jagdeep Singh, Ben Bridgens
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-72640-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-72639-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021
EventInternational Upcycling Symposium 2020 - De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20204 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Production Engineering
ISSN (Print)2194-0525


ConferenceInternational Upcycling Symposium 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • upcycling
  • fashion
  • textiles
  • higher education
  • design pedagogy
  • fashion commons
  • sustainability
  • Dewey


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