Design and Product Development

Making Space at the Intersection of Fashion Design & Architecture Using Digital Knitting

  • Krissi Riewe Stevenson (Kent State University)
  • Jennifer Meakins (Kent State University)


This project uses digital knitting technology to explore human interactions with space through interdisciplinary collaboration between architecture and apparel design. Clothing embodies a space around a body and can direct how this body moves within a space, while architecture and interior design create spaces through forms of enclosure that define the body and its experience. This applied research at the intersection of architecture and apparel design resulted in digitally knitted items spanning scale and application to define space in ways that support and connect the user/wearer to their environment. This research suggests that digital knitting and further interdisciplinary collaborations can be used to introduce more sustainable and even circular manufacturing methods to any industries requiring textile goods. By working through values and purpose within the design process a shift in approach to the relationship between the spaces we live within and the clothes we inhabit daily is formed.

Keywords: Sustainability, Circular Design, Digital Knitting, Textile Design, Architecture

How to Cite:

Riewe Stevenson, K. & Meakins, J., (2022) “Making Space at the Intersection of Fashion Design & Architecture Using Digital Knitting”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed