Dr Ken Ri Kim
Dr Ken Ri Kim is a Lecturer in Textiles: Innovation and Design. She completed her PhD in 2014, A Study on Structural Optimisation and Colour Mixing Systems of Digital Jacquard Textile Based on Full-colour Compound Structure at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She developed an innovative Jacquard weaving procedure through the experiment-based research, which encompasses colour, material, and texture initiation. Her research interest are smart weaving procedures utilising digital technology for productive, functional, and yet aesthetic woven textiles.
Her novel Jacquard fabrics have won several international design awards and her weaving methods/applications have been published in SCI and SCOPUS listed journals. Ken Ri looks for opportunities to collaborate with artists, designers, and companies so to interchange and inspire culturally, socially and economically.
Ken Ri formerly held a teaching post at Kyunghee University in South Korea from 2014 to 2016. Her diverse professional work experiences in the textiles and clothing industry including art and design practice, fashion buying and merchandising, and global production sourcing, became a solid foundation for her to combine theories and practice. She is currently developing a digital Jacquard practice and workshop programme for the BA (Hons) Textiles: Innovation and Design. Learning activities related to idea transformations and visualisations are designed to motivate and inspire students for their design development and realisation.
SAA611 - Visual Research for Textiles
SAA613 - Textiles: Process and Exploration
SAB621 - Materials, Processes and Conceptual Application
Her weaving research has centred on colour, texture innovation for woven Jacquard textiles. Due to the low flexibility in warp replacement in electronic Jacquard machines, the research has been focused on expanding an accessible scope of weave colours with a limited number of filling yarns. Her unique method of ‘visualization of the applied weave structure and patterning theories’ has assisted in solving the current Jacquard weaving problems, and thus, her novel woven Jacquard fabrics have been introduced.
Her future research involves innovative production process, digital transformation and wearable technology.