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Adopting an emotionally durable design approach, to develop knitted prototypes for women living with Raynaud’s syndrome

Shawgi, Lisa; Townsend, Katherine; Hardy, Dorothy A.

This paper reports on an aspect of current research into designing knitwear products for Raynaud’s Syndrome: a condition triggered by the cold or a drop in atmospheric temperature causing numbness, pain, dexterity and mobility issues. Participatory research with a group of women, between the ages of 26 and 68 who suffer from Raynaud’s, has identified a range of ‘design issues’ within existing products, some of which fail to mitigate the effects of cold and poor circulation effectively. In addition, many available products have limited appeal in terms of style, colour, pattern and texture. By considering the identified needs of this group, a range of knitted garment prototypes have been developed that respond to users’ practical, aesthetic and emotional needs. This emotionally durable design approach, informed by IPA (Interpretative phenomenological analysis) builds on recent research into the development of new collaborative methodologies and business models that support product attachment and longevity (Townsend et al 2017 & 2018).
Published in: PLATE – Product lifetimes and the environment : 3rd PLATE Conference, September 18–20, 2019 Berlin, Germany, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin
Published by ISBN 978-3-7983-3125-9