Karen Mailley Watt (University of Glasgow)
Karen Mailley Watt is undertaking an ARCS PhD scholarship at the University of Glasgow, entitled Glasgow Girls Revisited: Designing, Making, and Exhibiting Women’s Industrial Design of the Gilded Age. It is an interdisciplinary project that will encompass archival research; material culture analysis of extant artefacts and building decoration; and, as appropriate, experiential learning through replication of craft and artisanal practices. The proposed research will consider the broad communities of production of industrial design in Glasgow over the period 1864-1930, and investigate the place of women in these businesses as both designers and makers (and in some instances owners and managers).
Keywords: Craft, design, Gilded Age, Glasgow