Defining Creative Scholarship in Textiles and Apparel Design in the United States

By Melinda Adams and Sonya Meyer.

Published by The Design Collection

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Boyer (1990) requested the definition of scholarship be broadened to include different forms. After reviewing the literature in the area of textile and apparel design and education, as well as several tenure and promotion documents, a definition of creative scholarship was not found. A definition was therefore needed to provide guidance to professionals within and outside the textile and apparel design discipline.
The research brought attention to the value of creative scholarship. The literature mentioned that creative scholarship was necessary because it reached more people than traditional scholarship (Bowen & Roberts, 1993; Cantor & Lavine, 2006; Diamond & Adam, 2004; Hays, 1989). One criterion academia uses to rank journals is circulation, which typically includes solely academics. An exhibit of creative scholarship can reach a larger audience because these exhibits are not restricted to just academics (Bowen & Roberts; Cantor & Lavine; Diamond & Adam; Hays). Some members of academia are beginning to understand the importance of creative scholarship. However, Damhorst (2000) stated that the runway show and exhibit were viewed more as entertainment for members instead of a means to disseminate new knowledge. Creative scholarship provides academia with a return to its original purpose of sharing knowledge with the public (Bowens & Roberts; Boyer, 1990; Cantor & Lavine; Diamond & Adam; Hays).

Keywords: Creative Scholarship, Textiles and Apparel Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.219-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 804.846KB).

Dr. Melinda Adams

Associate Professor, Department of Fashion Management, University of the Incarnate Word, New Braunfels, Texas, USA

Associate professor of fashion management at the University of the Incarnate Word. Research interests include creative scholarship and green retailing. Creative research includes textile & wearable art, quilting, dyeing, and embroidery. Professional membership in the International Textiles and Apparel Association, Surface Design Association, and American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Dr. Sonya Meyer

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA

Associate professor at the University of Wyoming. She and her program colleagues are committed to developing to developing a greater global awareness in students, leading to an increase in social responsible and sustainable apparel design industry.

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