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The original thesis set out to study a small group of globally mobile designers in a transnational design community in Bali, Indonesia, to highlight co-existing perspectives in the decolonising debate by examining how geo-political historicity permeates throughout epistemologies and ontologies and manifests through creative practices such as design.

 

This practice-led research project is based on my working life and transcultural experiences as a nomadic subject (Braidotti, 1994). As a design practitioner living and working in Bali, I recognised patterns in the expressions of the community of designers, whom I have named Designer Beyonders for the pragmatic reasons of selection and to draw upon the creativity research of Paul Torrance (1993) from the adjacent field of psychology. This study's Designer Beyonders (DBs) demonstrated significant sensibilities that have implications for decolonising design epistemologies and practices. These included qualities such as dynamic, flexible, intersubjective, and creative action-led approaches to problem-solving [link to page exploring the intersection].

 

The study has since informed my research perspective that emphasizes storytelling through the lens of nomadic inter-subjectivity, aiming to illuminate the deep connection between physical mobility and mental imagination. However, it is essential to note that significant journeys can occur within one's 'own' mind; the fundamental principle is understanding knowledge as an ecology that can be assisted by understanding both its circulation and an ecological perspective. This epistemological and political option fosters conditions for designers to ensure inclusion and optimise the opportunity to materialise decoloniality by design. It is a practice that can contribute to re-centring the knowledge enterprise and how it is currently taught and practised in the West. For this reason, in my design research, any qualitative or ethnographic research is designed with proximity in mind. This contextualisation aims to deliver the knowledge and understanding to adequately address longstanding systemic power issues.

Responsible and care-filled design research offers social hope via the emancipatory political creativity that world artisanship of design practice can offer.

I hope that you enjoy exploring the work and am always open to questions and new perspectives. 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Ecologies Ltd

Crafting Sustainable Futures: Eco-socio-cultural sustainability by design.

Design ecologies is a new enterprise and part of a global conversation on how a design lens can foster cultures of sustainability, ecological resilience, well-being, and community empowerment to create positive environmental and social exchange.


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Weaving shared value

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Weaving Ecologies: Stories of Material Culture and Community from Myanmar

A British Council-supported collaboration to facilitate meaningful connections between the UK and Myanmar through Myanmar’s loom ecologies and material culture and to digitally document processes and culturally relevant stories. Documenting and preserving Indigenous weaving communities and their practices gives them a voice and visibility in the global narratives on regenerative economic models and sustainability that would not typically have a space in a conventional archive.

Weaving Ecologies: Stories of Material Culture and Community from Myanmar

Many Worlds Meeting

‘Many Worlds Meeting’ mobilised Rosi Braidotti’s nomadic subject (1994) to expand understanding of social change's ethical and artistic dimensions through cultural relocations and the multi-perspective storytelling. of transnational designers in Bali.
 
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