Emotional Object Creation: Knowing through Experiencing, Experiencing through Unknowing

By Eunjeong Jeon.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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This paper describes the process of generating creative and innovative design concepts and methods for obtaining clothing comfort inspired by the power of nature. Knowing through experiencing, experiencing through unknowing refers to a person’s deepest feelings coming from the deep impulses of human nature. In this context, the research explored how nature is conceptualised through bodily experience interacting with five elements — water, sand, shadow, movement and body — while attentive to feelings, emotions of immediacy, and the bodily knowing process. Merleau-Ponty’s (1962) phenomenology of perception and Gibson’s (1977) ecological approach to human perception elucidate how our perception is formulated phenomenologically through awareness of body and how far this translates into the reflective experience. Even though this research was linked to theoretical explication, those experiments were not from knowledge based on theory, but from fully sensorial and bodily activities based on the explorative research. This experiment enriched the research by creatively straddling the gap between theory and practice. This paper highlights experiential understandings of certain aspects of aesthetics in interaction, which leads to body-centred design practice. This project contributes to the interactive design field, illustrating how designers can incorporate a phenomenological representation of nature and the value of everyday activities and experiences into their design process.

Keywords: Clothing Comfort, Experiencing, Phenomenology, Nature, Design Concept and Methods, Design Practice

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 16, 2013 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.483MB)).

Eunjeong Jeon

PhD Candidate, Department of Design, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA, Australia

Eunjeong Jeon is a Post-Doctoral researcher in Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Industrial Design and a member of Designing Quality in Interaction group. She’s part of the Smart Textiles Services project that is part of Creative Industry Scientific Programme (CRISP). She studied at the Denmark International Study Program DIS (1996) and graduated at Hong-ik University, School of Fine Art (BA), Seoul, South Korea in 1997. Her Master of Design was completed at Curtin University, Perth, in 2005, and applied emotional aesthetics to chair design through a cross-cultural examination of sitting behaviour and cognitive images. This was followed by participation in “Thingness of Thing” and “Thing from the Void” in Post Graduate Diploma, Visual Arts, Curtin University, in 2006, which involved research into the body’s interaction with space. She has focused on the extension of her professional experience through participation in the FORM “Designing Futures” industry cluster project, Perth, Western Australia. She is currently completed a PhD in The School of Design and Art at Curtin University 2013. Her research is based on comfort factors in terms of users’ aesthetic experience, in particular, the multi-sensorial integration and kinaesthetic aspects of human activities and perceptions. This research is linked to the ARC Linkage project “Innovative Solutions for Wool Garment Comfort though Design” (Project ID: LP0775433), in conjunction with the Wooldesk at DAFWA (Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia). She has been in the part of research group CRASH (Collaborative Research in Art, Science, and Humanities), Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Her work can be seen in an exhibition and books: (1) “Beyond Garment Exhibition,” WA Museum, 2010; (2) Advanced Textiles for Health and Well-Being by Marie O’ Mahony (2011), (publisher Thames & Hudson); (3) Fashion Futures by Bradley Quinn (2012), (publisher: MERRELL, London); and (4) Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design by Bradley Quinn (2012), (publisher: MERRELL, London).