Katherine’s research is focused on ethnographic analyses of culture and society and how design is inspired, formulated and finally applied in different contexts.
Her doctoral thesis was informed by a number of theoretical methodologies that addressed artisan/designer relationships in a development context: ethnography, gender politics, tourism studies, authenticity, modernity/tradition binaries and craft consumption. The research investigated how culturally relevant, site-specific craft objects could be co-created and marketed to different consumers.
The practice outcome was a commercial exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York in May 2011. Buyers were asked a series of open-ended questions about their perceptions of Africa and contemporary African art and design.
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