Creative Community: Artifacts and Actions
Hélène Day Fraser
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Transdisciplinary work for stakeholders within the creative economy can be problematic. One of the reasons for this is the differences that exist among creative occupational frameworks. These can range from open ended design research and art-based practices to the closed time frames of creative work driven by production constraints and demands at the retail level. Identifying a toolset that equips creatives with the means to negotiate divergent frameworks, as well as art-based insights that question the status quo, may trigger design outcomes that are relevant to the challenges of our time. Two university/industry-based collaborative projects that brought together a team of 49 university students, researchers, faculty and technical staff, and 10 designers from the Vancouver-based activewear company lululemon athletica will offer insight into the contextual role of artifacts and actions in enforcing and enabling communication across boundaries set by disciplines and working contexts; creating an effective creative community that merges art and design-based practice.