Documenting the Design Process: Validation of Professional Development for Dossiers
As a scholar working in specialized fields and attending content-specific conferences it is easy to overlook the importance of explaining how you get to the design, oral research paper, published abstract, pedagogical presentation, audition, or performance. Not all areas of academia approach research in the same way; it is my responsibility as a professor to justify the design research and validate the process used in order to get to work that is considered commendable within my field of study. I have made creative contributions to my discipline and have presented and published these innovative ventures in artistic and academic settings. Inspired by specific time periods, steampunk subcultures, and creative themes, I have designed garments that have been awarded places in gallery exhibits and on the runway.