Hélène Day Fraser

Hélène is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media. She holds a MAA in Design and a BAA in Fashion and has fifteen years of garment industry experience in both France and Canada.

In recent years, her work has moved to encompass the domain of critical design; exploring how sustainable consumption and textile form interfaces with technology. Between 2006 and 2011, she was a co-founder of iF (Intelligent Forms Design Inc.) and a member of the UBC Visual Voice project.

Currently, she is a Lead Investigator on several Emily Carr research initiatives: cloTHING(s) as conversation, Material Matters, the DnA project. She also collaborates with the International Local Wisdom research network, acts as the Operations Manager of the Emily Carr DESIS Lab and is currently the acting Sustainability Coordinator for Emily Carr University. Her work consistently re-imagines textile product possibilities, applies hybrid art/design-based practices and involves interdisciplinary collaborations.

Research Project : cloTHING(s) as conversation

Collaborator : Keith Doyle

cloTHING(s) as conversation is an interdisciplinary research initiative that seeks to broaden our views of clothing. Initiated in 2011, it is based on the observation that existing systems of garment making and distribution are in flux. The work seeks to revise common assumptions about how we should and can interface with textile based products. In particular cloTHING(s) as conversation aims to address the challenges connected to contemporary design, fashion, nascent technology and the fashion industry’s move toward sustainability.

To date the cloTHING(s) as conversation team at Emily Carr University, made up of students, designers, artists, and engineers, has conducted a range of material and form studies, through weaving, unconventional clothing construction, 3D printing, and wearable circuits. In situ explorations of worn artifacts and vestiture in social spaces are key to this work.