Otago Polytechnic

Research from Rekha Shailaj

Departments: College of Art, Design and Architecture

RekhaRannaShailaj S

Rekha is an Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Design (Fashion) graduate and is now employed as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion, teaching in areas such as digital pattern making, fashion design and textiles. She finished her Masters of Fine Art (Design) from Otago Polytechnic in 2011 with distinction. Rekha's research is based on reflective studio practice incorporating critical making, writing and analysing. This is informed through reflection on both current fashion issues and how they relate to Eastern and Western methodologies and aesthetics. She aims to understand clothing as an extension of the wearer and its semiotic signification in the field of fashion and textiles. Rekha has experience working with international students. As a postgraduate supervisor she provides a wide perspective to guide students on practice and theory, helping them to develop conceptual ideas into commercially viable projects. She is currently assisting Dunedin Public Art Gallery with a cultural event.

Journal Article

Shailaj, R. R. (2017) Post Fashion, Hybridity, the Unconventional: Implicates the End of Fashion. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics, Art and Design, Special Issue: Fashion #15, Metamorphosis, November 2017, pp 103 - 113. Double-blind peer-reviewed.

Shailaj, R. (2017) The Making of a Kurta. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Art and Design 14, pp 126-133. www.thescopes.org
Double blind peer- reviewed.

Rana Shailaj, R. & Swale, S. (2015) Drape as an Alternative Teaching and Learning Process in Fashion Design. Southern Institute of Technology Journal of Applied Research (SITJAR).ISSN: 1175-1061 https://www.sit.ac.nz/SITJAR#3101148-2014-national-tertiary-teaching-and-learning-conference-special-edition
Double blind peer- reviewed.

Shailaj,R.R., Swale, S. (2014) Draping as a Designing Making process, with the potential for the Unexpected. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics, Art and Design, Issue # 9, November 2014.ISSN 1177-5653. pp 27 - 36. Double blind peer- reviewed.

Shailaj, R. (2011) My Metamorphosed Fashion Design Praxis. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) 5&6, 2010/11, pp103-113, www.thescope.org, Double blind peer reviewed. Ebsco database.

Conference Contribution - Other

Shailaj, R. R. (2016) Post-Fashion, Hybridity, The Unconventional: Implicates the End of Fashion. presented at the conference "The End of Fashion" 8 - 9th December hosted by Massey University, Wellington. Double-blind peer reviewed.

Shailaj, R. (2009) Moving between Materialities in Art and Design: Embroidery, Drawing, Digital Projection. Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Conference, Dunedin; abstract accepted.

Shailaj, R. (2008) In between the marginal living and the exquisite textile margins created by Indian Villagers. Addressing the Margins, the New Zealand Costume and Textiles Section of the Auckland Museum Institute, Seventh Annual Symposium, Dunedin, 28-30 March,
20-min presentation.

Shailaj, R. (2006) Digital making: Researching better ways of teaching and learning. 4th Biennial ITPNZ Research Conference: Research that works: Linking research to teaching and learning, 28-29 September. 20-25-mins presentation.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Rana Shailaj, R. & Swale, S. (2014) Drape as Alternative Teaching and Learning Process in Fashion Design. Proceedings of the 2014 National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, 1-3 October. Double-blind peer-reviewed.

Shailaj, R. R. (2014) ETHNOGRAPHIC CLOTHING: MAPPING PERSONAL AND WIDER INTEREST FROM FASHION PERSPECTIVE. 16th IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes) Annual Conference, Bunka Gakuen University, Japan, 27 - 31 January 2014. Double-blind peer-reviewed.

Shailaj, R. R. (2012) Acculturation of my Fashion Design Practice. 14th IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes) Annual conference, Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur, India, 17 - 22 March 2012. Double-blind peer-reviewed.

Shailaj, R. (2009) Clothing Signifiers – A Visual Narrative of Differences and Commonalities constructing Identities.

11th Annual Conference of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London, UK. Conference Proceedings IFFTI 2009 on CD, pp 695-710, ISBN:978-0-9560382-2-7, 2nd - 3rd April. 10-min presentation.

Shailaj, R. (2008) Subjectivities Determining Dressed Bodies. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology from 8th to 11th March at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. 20-min presentation and 5-min discussion. Paper published in Conference Proceedings 2008, The Body: Connections With Fashion, Volume 1 ISBN:978-1-921426-18-6,p 166-179, published by RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, Melbourne, 2008.

Lange, S., Barton, M., Shailaj, R. (2006) Assessing a Designers Fashion Collection - there has to be a better way. 4th Biennial ITPNZ Research Conference 2006. ISBN 978-0-473-11708-5, 28-29. September 2006, 20 mins to present and 10 mins for discussion.

Shailaj, R.R. (2005) Deciphering a piece of Embroidery from the Northwest region of India Southern Threads: Connecting dress, cloth and culture - 4th Annual symposium of the New Zealand Costumes and Textile Section of the Auckland Museum Institute. 5th March 2005, Dunedin 20-25 mins

Thesis – Masters/Doctoral

Shailaj, R. (2011) Two Worlds of a Migrant: wrapped in the Folds of Clothing. Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Master of Fine Arts dissertation, integrated with exhibition listed in RO 2, completed with distinction. External examiners were Mandy Smith from Auckland University of Technology and Elaine Webster from the University of Otago. 91 pages.

Creative Work

Shailaj, R. (2011) Two Worlds of a Migrant: Wrapped in the Folds of Clothing, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, 4th April - 8th April 2011, 6 outfits, 2 digital projections: video and images. http://www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz/schools-departments/art/dunedin-school-of-art-gallery/exhibitions.html

Shailaj, R.R. (2004) title given but forgotten Westfield Style Pasifika-2004- "Mana Kasifika" The Finalists were featured in the Westfield Style Pasafika 2004 fashion, music and dance spectacular in the Auckland Town Hall on 2nd and 3rd September -2004. Vest, jacket, trouser and hat. The show was broadcasted on TV one in 2004. http://stylepasifika.co.nz

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