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Aleksandra Rutkowska, Ph.D.

At first the academic work was primarily focused on the opportunities created by the usage of feeble fibrous structures as weft in air-jet weaving as well as the property appraisals of woven and plaited goods. Currently the research is more interdisciplinary and oriented around the borderline of the following fields: material science and fine arts which are both related to textile design. The common area mainly concerns the technical capabilities of weaving looms when it comes to warp and weft as a basis for the design patterns. It allows various interpretations of artworks in the form of aesthetic utility jacquards of unusual weave construction. Years of work as an academic teacher constantly lecturing on the same issues regarding textile construction, technology and design have been and still are posing new challenges that don’t allow to fall into a routine. New generations of young people come and there is a need to adapt the ways of providing information in order to successfully establish a dialogue with them.
The lectures, laboratories, exercises, projects and workshops are not only dedicated to students of first and second cycle of Textiles and Fashion Industry, Material Technology and Textile Design but also to high school teachers, employees of companies using textiles, high school and elementary school students. They are designed to attain and apply knowledge concerning the textile construction, technology and design. Conducting classes for both technical and artistic majors allows their colaboration and helps with understanding the revolutionary artistic approach to classical engineering studies which is reflected in creating designs and making jacquards. The laws of the market enforce the new interdisciplinary majors where within one speciality two, quite differing approaches coexist. Substantial supervision over the execution of final designs for the exhibitions and contests is aimed mainly at students. The amount of conducted diplomas proves the efficacy of the programme combining the role of an engineer and an artist. An engineer uses the scientific methods and analyses technical issues from a rational point of view while an artist sees more, has a different perspective, looking at the world as a creative inspiration.