Collaborative practice as an exploratory means to investigate the ‘transformative power of pattern’

Hayward, Emma ORCID logoORCID: and Slater, Laura ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Collaborative practice as an exploratory means to investigate the ‘transformative power of pattern’. In: Futurescan4 – Valuing Practice, 23 January - 24 January 2019, University of Bolton, UK.


This paper explores findings from an experimental workshop in which learners and practitioners worked collaboratively, a shared experience wherein participants investigate approaches to surface pattern design and application. We consider the transformative power of pattern, reconsider the tools we utilise and the potential for pattern to transform beyond the preconceived perception of print to product. From the perspective of a print & surface pattern design degree course, we consider the transposition of two- dimensional pattern to three-dimensional surface and object. We consider the notional boundaries of the discipline whilst challenging and re-inventing process, approaches and potential outcomes, ‘multi-disciplinary’ practices emerge through a transformative pedagogic tool as participants explore their ‘disciplines’ through ‘non-disciplinary’ means. By utilising alternative materials and methodologies which reflect pre-determined practices and knowledge we present an alternative, practical hands on approach to thinking through inherent process. In addition to this we introduce risk-taking, reflection and the opportunity to learn from the unexpected. Learning through experiential methods becomes a means to challenge creative design thinking and problem-solving whilst also encouraging exploration through making and experimentation and collaboration.

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