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Dr. Scott Mayson holds a PhD in Industrial Design that explored the practice based development of a novel device for Orthopaedic Surgery. This device locates and replaces the intra-articular location points of Anterior Cruciate Ligaments (ACL) in knee joints.
Dr. Mayson supervises graduate PhD and Masters candidates in Design. His primary research interests are:

• Inclusive Design
• Medical Design
• Body and Design
• Design Practice
• Advanced Manufacturing (Additive)
• Flexible 3D Modelling Toolkits

Current Candidates:

Donna Sgro – PhD. 1st Supervisor Dr. Scott Mayson, 2nd Supervisor AssProf Robyn Healy
Biomimetic Transformation: Re-considering fashion practice through the study
of metamorphosis.

This research examines how biomimicry may be applied to fashion design practice through an investigation of forms of transformation in nature. Using studies of metamorphosis observed in Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), the research investigates how fashion practice may be transformed. The study of Lepidoptera reveals the dynamic workings of ecological relationships, of organism to organism, and organism to environment. Translating the potentials of such relationships to the context of fashion design practice, involves rethinking the garment form and how it relates to space, to represent the continually shifting body/organism. The engagement of interdisciplinary modes of practice explores this dynamic. The garment is understood as in transition, continuously becoming. The research explores how this sense of becoming can be materialized.

Cecilia Heffer – PhD. 2nd Supervisor Dr. Scott Mayson, 1st Supervisor AssProf Robyn Healy
Lace-scapes: an exploration of sensorial space

What happens when a textile designer breaks away from an adherence to a lace making tradition? Over the last decade the perception of lace as a decorative accoutrement has changed. Designers from across disciplines have been exploring lace structures and applying unconventional materials and approaches to traditional lace making. I am interested in designing lace that can extend our perception and relationship to pattern and space and in doing so potentially shift the way people experience their environment. How can lace provide a space, a window of contemplation, an ethereal escape or a moment to imagine.
While we experience cloth physically, how can we extend the possibility of this experience to engage with textiles as a non-material, a sensory environment.
Do these designed environments-lace-scapes offer opportunities for addressing conditions for well being in healthcare areas such as aged and palliative care?
The research is situated in a multi-discipline practice and will engage with collaborations outside the field of textiles

Completed PhD:

Dr. Morris Campbell – 1st Supervisor Dr. Scott Mayson
The Development of a Hybrid System for Designing and Pattern Making In-Set Sleeves

This research investigates the relationship between the designer, the pattern maker and the elements that constitute a multiplicity of in-set sleeves.
Present sleeve drafting methods represent unpredictable, single-style variations of past methods. They do not vary from the normal non-cohesive practises for any current inset sleeve styles. Current sleeve drafting methods contain only surface explanations for many of the features contained within the sleeve design. Drafting methods are restricted to surface, point-to-point drafting descriptive – they do not convey the actual detailed mechanisms required of the complete scye and sleeve assembly.

Dr. Campbell’s perspective suggests that designing and pattern making has scarcely advanced since the beginning of the nineteenth century, or earlier. Therefore, the principal research question is: How might the role of the designer, the tasks of the pattern maker, the many in-set sleeve styles and related fabrics, be combined to create a unique inclusive in-set sleeve design system that is advantageous to the apparel industry?
In order to create a unique in-set sleeve design system, this study incorporates a hybrid process derived from a number of design methods. Case studies of a number of sleeve styles and fabrics, representative of a major percentage of the sleeve design range, are developed to confirm the proposition that although each sleeve is a unique entity, they are, contradictory, all one and the same. This is because they are composed of the same limited number of parts and elements.

The study details the parts and elements that compose the scye (armhole) and sleeves. These are united with a compilation of engineering drawing methods which are explained and analysed prior to incorporation with additional drawing interpretations. The adoption of engineering drawing methods as a base, with further adaptations, to create a new logical sleeve design system, is seen as a complete break from current trial and error practises to a predictable outcomes-focussed process.
Dr. Allison Gwilt – 1st Supervisor Dr. Scott Mayson, 2nd Supervisor Dr. Sue Thomas
Integrating sustainable strategies in the fashion design process: A conceptual model of the fashion designer in haute couture.

Dr. Gwilt’s research explored the role of the fashion designer in the contemporary design and production of fashion garments, and seeks to present an argument for the integration of sustainable design strategies across the fashion design process. Existing studies have revealed that within the fashion design process there is often no consideration for the life cycle of a garment, garment end-of-life strategies, or any sense of responsibility for the textile waste generated through pattern making, manufacture or use (Black, Eckert and Eskandarypur 2009; Gwilt & Rissanen 2011). This thesis explores what opportunities are available for the fashion designer to design garments that can lessen the impact on the environment, while balancing economic, social and ethical concerns. Moreover, the thesis proposes that the designer can integrate sustainable design strategies during the fashion design process, which can lead to a change in the way that fashion garments are produced, used and discarded.
The original contribution of the research is manifest through the development of an improved model for fashion design practice, which enables the fashion designer at the design inception phase to influence the production, use and disposal of fashion garments that minimize environmental and social impacts. Moreover, the study recommends that further research is needed on the development of sustainable design strategies specifically tailored for fashion design, to expand the opportunities available to the fashion designer.

Completed Masters:

Mr. Denis Smitka – 1st Supervisor Dr. Scott Mayson, 2nd Supervisor Dr Inger Mewburn
Alternatives in light & space: Rethinking public lighting in shared spaces

Denis’s study reconsiders current public lighting design and suggests alternative practices that were determined through a case study involving a main street shopping strip. Using design as an investigative method this thesis seeks to inform and inspire practitioners and decision-makers by illustrating the possibilities of change. Australian cities are witnessing an unprecedented growth in urban density and if we do not change our thinking, the quality of our urban spaces will not match this growth. Public lighting can encourage evening pedestrian activity and help to revive the street as a social domain. People have emotional and psychological responses to light and thus it is a powerful design tool that influences urban character and amenity. Street lighting can fashion unique identities for neighbourhoods, soften cities and create places that people will want to connect with.

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