Keith is an Adjunct Research Associate in Applied Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Trained as a sculptor and working as a designer he has taught in both the Visual Arts + Material Practice as well as the Design + Dynamic Media faculties. Currently, Keith is a faculty coordinator for AD-NODE a GRAND NCE affiliated research project situated in Art and Design institutions.
He is a Lead Investigator on a few Emily Carr research initiatives including, cloTHING(s) as conversation, the DnA project, and a founding faculty member of Material Matters, a pragmatic material research cluster within the Intersections Digital Studios at Emily Carr University of Art+Design. Keith is a Co-founder of Intelligent Forms Design Incorporated as well as one of five co-creators of ContainR, a public work of design, consisting of two repurposed used shipping containers.
Research Project : cloTHING(s) as conversation
Collaborator : Hélène Day Fraser
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.