Intersecting Spaces

A space is where lives are lived, and ideas and objects are produced and consumed. Spaces thus seldom have one defined function, and always flow into one another. This panel discusses how spaces with contrasting functions, the public vs. private, the urban vs. domestic, intersect and influence the way people live, and produce ideas and objects.

Panellists:
Jordan Mitchell-King studies the embodied experiences of dress. Her dissertation looks at eighteenth-century quilted waistcoats, examining their production, consumption and mediation. She also makes use of experimental historical methodologies through reconstructive and embodied approaches.

Alyssa Myers is an art and design historian specialising in 17th and 18th century decorative arts and ceramics and the British country house. Her research examines the experience of dining in eighteenth-century British country houses.

Freya Purcell's work examines everyday life and urban living through design history. Her research explores the place of the saloop stall within the wider context of urban space and daily life, examining what significance these spaces hold for discussions of urban sociability and space.

Chair:
Fleur Elkerton’s research broadly focuses on replication, reproduction and knowledge exchange of medieval design - in both modern and medieval contexts. Her dissertation examines medieval automata as highly technical objects, whilst exploring collaborative design practice in a world where the concept of ‘design’ didn’t yet exist.

Material History /Virtual World

The V&A/RCA History of Design MA is offered jointly by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. It encourages interdisciplinary, innovative and critical approaches to the history of design across a range of mediums, places and times. Students work closely with the collections and curators at the V&A, as well as participating in the creative community at the RCA.