Otago Polytechnic

Research from Tania Allan-Ross

Departments: College of Art, Design and Architecture

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Tania is a Principal Lecturer (Fashion) and since 1995 has worked as a self-employed fashion and textile designer, specialising in made-to-measure garments. She holds a Master of Design Enterprise, Postgraduate Certificate in Adaptive Design, Bachelor of Consumer & Applied Sciences, Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Diploma in Craft Design (Textiles), Certificate in Fashion and Design and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. Her work has been shown in various group exhibitions, theatre performances and wearable art awards, her areas of interest include design and construction of user-centred garments, textile manipulation and surface decoration.

Conference Contribution - Other

Allan Ross. T.A. (2018) Therapeutic pressure garment. Product Innovation Contest at Functional Textiles & Clothing Conference FTC 2018.9-12 February Indian Institute of Technology Delhi(IIT). Abstracts downloadable on line http://www.ftc2018.org/

Allan Ross, T.A. (2015) Sensational Apparel. Altogether Autism Conference 2015, Auckland, 22-23 July.
http://www.altogetherautism.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Tania-Allan-Ross-Sensational-apparel.pdf. Abstract reviewed by the conference committee.

Allan Ross, T. A. (2010) Sensory integration dysfunction informing apparel design. Otago Disability Studies Symposium. Hosted by The Department of History & Art History, University of Otago, Dunedin. 5-7 August 2010. 20-minute paper.
The principle aim of this conference was to bring together a community of national and international scholars in humanities and social sciences working in the areas related to disability studies in order to make contacts, share ideas, and generally raise the profile of disability studies in Australasia. My presentation gave an overview of sensory integration dysfunction and the development of pressure-emitting garments. Paper proposals were peer reviewed.

Allan Ross, T. A. (2009) Design Opportunities = Contemporary Children's Garments that Address Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Asia Pacfic Autism Conference (APAC 09), Sydney, Australia. 20-22 August. 200-word abstract published on the APAC09 website, 420mm x 840mm poster.
The Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2009 (APAC 09), Connecting Today- Inspiring Tomorrow, was co-hosted by the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). This diverse conference brought people with an autism spectrum disorder, their families, carers, educators, medical experts and researchers together. My poster presentation outlined development of pressure-emitting garments to address sensory integration. National Australian and international reviewers blind-reviewed abstracts.

Allan Ross, T. A. (2009) Creativity: Designing Multi-sensory Learning Environments for Students who are Challenged by Sensory Experiences. Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators(ANZAAE). Hosted by Otago Polytechnic Art and Design with Kai Tahu ki Arai-Te-Uru in Dunedin, New Zealand. April 20-23. 60-minute workshop.
2009 ANZAAE Conference Home, available online: http://www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz/schools-departments/art/2009-archive-anzaae-conference.html http://www.anzaae2009.org.nz/home/


Allan Ross. T.A. (2012) Project Title: Design of therapeutic compression garments: informed by sensory integration dysfunction. Todd Foundation Awards for Excellence (ITP).Awards application report was reviewed and selected applicants were then invited to an interview with members of the Todd Foundation Board.

Journal Article

Allan Ross. T.A. (2010) Designing Multi-sensory Learning Environments for Students who are Challenged by Sensory Experiences. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) Published by Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura matatini ki Otago. Dunedin. ISSN Hardcopy: 11775653.Online: 1177-5661. Volume 4. November 2009 (released 2010) 4 pages. pp166-170.

Database: Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design)which is catalogued on the EBSCO Database in recognition of academic quality and alignment with international peer review processes. Article available online: http://www.thescopes.org/art/issues.php?issue=4&title=Art+%26+Design www.thescopes.org

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Allan Ross, T. A. (2009) Investigation into the development of children's apparel that addresses sensory integration dysfunction. Conference for the International Foundation of Fashion (IFFTI), London College of Fashion, University of the Arts. London. UK. April 2-3. 27 pages, published as part of conference proceedings electronic files, abstract published in delegates' abstract book, presentation duration 20 minutes.
Paper provided context through the methodology of an individual case study which informed the development of pressure garments that aid the integration of sensations for children who live with the developmental disorder sensory integration dysfunction. Conference papers submitted under the theme Fashion & Well-Being? responded to the sub-themes of Identity, Sustainability, Health, Ethics, Designing the Future, Technology, and Retail. All submitted papers were double-blind reviewed at both the abstract and full paper stages.

Allan Ross,T.A (2009) Investigation into the development of children's apparel that addresses sensory integration dysfunction. Conference Proceedings 2009, Fashion & Well-Being? London College of Fashion University of Arts London, UK. International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes. Published by The Centre for Learning & Teaching in Art & Design London. ISBN 978-0-9560382-2-7 2009 15 pages pp 181-196 Editor: Elizabeth Rouse.
Available online: http://www.iffti.com/junior%20faculty/2009/Ross_Allan_Tania.pdf

Allan Ross, T.A. (2008) Proposed research study that addresses children's apparel design in conjunction with sensory integration dysfunction. Fashion Industry New Zealand Education Conference (FINZ). Hosted by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Tauranga. New Zealand. August 7-8. 15 pages, presentation duration 20 minutes. Published in conference proceedings.
The FINZ conference is a forum for emerging as well as established research within the New Zealand fashion research community. The 2008 conference theme of The Future of Fashion was a sound platform for my first research paper which discussed and gave context to future potential in the planned development of therapeutic pressure garment design. Abstracts were blind-reviewed and selected by a committee appointed by the conference convenors; the submitted full papers were finally blind double-peer-reviewed.

Creative Work

Allan Ross, T. A. (2009) Desire/n, Exhibition of work from the staff of the Otago Polytechnic School of Design. 2009 ANZAAE, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators. April 20-23 Two works; screen, wall banner.
Foyer Gallery, Otago Polytechnic School of Art. 17 April - 1st May. Exhibition of Otago Polytechnic staff works. ANZAAE exhibition design proposals were blind peer-reviewed through an international panel of design experts in both education and industry. Exhibition also reviewed in Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Journal, Volume 19 (1) 2009. pp20-22.

Allan Ross, T.A. (2008) 'Reading between the lines'. POST stitch. Lopdell House Gallery. Titirangi. Waitakere City. Exhibition: December 12, 2008 - February 8, 2009. Textile work.
POST stitch: an exhibition of contemporary New Zealand stitch work was curated by Kate Wells. Exhibition pamphlet publication lists exhibiting artists ISBN/ISSN 9780958289535 (pbk.) c2008. Exhibition CD contains exhibition installation, price list, inventory of works and their stories.

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