This paper explores the experimentation in the embodied mind experience within atmospheric space and senses between one’s felt body, mind, and space within a dress through the novel approach in fashion technique pedagogy- blind-draping. The investigation opens up a line of inquiry exploring embodied action and cognition through memories and emotion as intangible conceptual understanding, translating the mind’s phenomenological occurrence to one’s bodily experience. The experimentation covers the process that led to the theoretical findings of self-consciousness: pre-reflective self-consciousness and bodily self-awareness through the preception of embodied action. The embodied activity has led to the physical body substantiating cognition, which plays a significant causal or physical role beyond the brain in cognitive processing. Without sight, the awareness is informed by the tactility and proprioception of the body (hands) movement, reflecting the experience. The phenomenal state of experience in this occurrence is the notion of anti-physicalism: it was not related to anything physical-functional. Through the artistic expression in blind-draping, the activity also opens up the creative explorations in conceptual space and the philosophical understanding of the externalisation of the internalised emotions during the process. The process of interiorisation, attempting to locate where emotions take places: from the phenomenological notion of the mind as the original space of feelings to the phenomena of the mind. The theoretical processes informed the importance of the embodied mind, which is substantial to the design output as the creative process. The methodology allows designers to explore creative expression through the other senses beyond the vision.
Lecturer, School of Fashion, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
EMBODIED ACTION, EMBODIED MIND EXPERIENCE, SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS, BODILY SELF-AWARENESS, BLIND-DRAPING