Otago Polytechnic

Research from Margo Barton

Departments: College of Art, Design and Architecture

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Margo is the Academic Leader for Fashion. She has Dress Design Certificate from TAFE's Fashion Design Studio in Sydney, Australia, and worked in the fashion industry for many years. Her PhD is from RMIT, Australia. A recipient of a New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Award in 2007, she is passionate about fashion education and establishing networks within the global fashion industry to benefit Design students. Margo's research, both designing and writing, focusses on the discourse between the designer and the wearer, especially for emerging fashion. This incorporates her Citizen Stylist project work. Her work traverses the interface between physical and digital designing. She is a frequent exhibitor, curator and presenter. Margo has been a member of the Executive Board of iD Fashion Week Dunedin since 2001 and Deputy Chair since 2015. She initiated the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, held annually since 2003, which attract over 150 entries annually from graduates of the top international fashion schools. She is an external examiner for postgraduate students at AUT and Massey University, is on the Course Advisory Board for fashion at TAFE NSW in Australia, and is a member of the executive board of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). Margo fosters international exchanges and collaborations for students and faculty.

Creative Work

Barton, M., McKenzie, C; and Swale, S. (2017) Citizen Stylist. Participatory wearing event during iD Dunedin Fashion Week. 22, 23 and 25 March 2017.

Barton, M (2017) When Dreams Turn to Gold - The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998 When Dreams Turn to Gold - The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998,; Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Dunedin, New Zealand.
18th Mar 2017 - 25th Jun 2017

Barton, M. (2016) Costume to face the world of the commonplace. Millinery and bathing suit - as exhibited at the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Fashion Museum.

Barton, M. (2016) Citizen Stylist. The End of Fashion exhibition: Massey University. 8-9 December.

Barton, M., Malthus, J., McCaw, C., and Glenn, L. (2015) A Darker Eden: Fashion from Dunedin. Silo 6 Gallery, Silo Park, Auckland, 17 February - 1 March.

Barton, M. (2013) Leather hats. Millinery created and shown accessorizing Company of Strangers Winter 2014 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week, held on Tuesday 03 Sep 2013, Auckland NZ.

Barton, M. (2013) Home Sewn. The New Zealand Fashion Museum, First shown at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 9th Mar 2013 - 14th Apr 2013. Also available at the online New Zealand Fashion Museum http://www.nzfashionmuseum.org.nz/home-sewn/cold-enamelled-copper-top/?f=&e=&s=barton and at http://www.nzfashionmuseum.org.nz/exhibitions/

Johnston, L., Hlavac-Green, E., Barton, M. (2011) 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week identity iD Dunedin fashion shoot 3rd February 2011, fashion identity released to the public mid February 2011, 1 image. Invited to participate as the fashion stylist on the iD Dunedin identity photoshoot. This undertaking allowed me to draw on my research into fashion as spectacle, with a surreal element to the identity image, which resulted in a dark glamorous image. http://www.fashionz.co.nz/news/new-identity-image-revealed-for-2011-id-dunedin-fashion-week.html

Barton, M (2010) ECHO Material Memories: restaging the eCHO project. QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, exhibited as part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, Brisbane, 13 July to 22 August 2010. Invited to re-present works that had previously been exhibited in 2003 for the eCHO exhibition in Brisbane, Australia.

Barton, M. (2009) Desire / n, Otago Polytechnic Design Staff Exhibition, Foyer Gallery, Otago Polytechnic School of Art. 17 April - 1st May. Exhibition of staff works as selected via blind-peer reviewing by design academics internationally. Piece shown was previously shown in eCHO 2003. Exhibition also reviewed in Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Journal, Volume 19 (1) 2009. pp20-21.

Barton, M. (2009) Together Alone. Myer Fashion & Textiles Gallery at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne, and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Exhibition catalogue ISBN:9780724103126. Exhibition 1st October 2009 until until 18 April, 2010. Two designs acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, July 2008. pp 14, 15 & 28 in Together Alone exhibtion catalogue. Also reviewed in the TEXTILE FIBRE FORUM, No.96, 2009. p37. and exhibited in New Zealand Fashion Week 2003. http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/togetheralone/qtvr/Panorama.html and http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/togetheralone/

Barton, M. (2008) Hatricks, group show. Submitted one piece of millinery - Swirl. Artworks at the Hilton, Hilton Hotel, Auckland. 25 - 30 August. One work. Invited to submit millinery to exhibit in an art context.

Barton, M. (2006) Buttoni Invited to create millinery designed using CAD for the label Carlson. Artefacts shown at iD Dunedin fashion parade, March 2006. 8 pieces. Designed millinery using 3D CAD & detailed plans were output, then given to technician Ian Barker to construct through vacuum-forming. This project links my research interests of millinery, 3D CAD, collaboration, & spectacle. Received external funding from TechNet to complete these pieces.

Barton, M (2005) Lets Gather Here Te Papa’s Pacific Collections Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), Wellington, New Zealand Output produced in 2003 then acquired for permanent collection, March 2005 six printed perspex head pieces Six pieces of printed perspex headpieces to accessorise fashion collection designed by Doris De Pont. Print by John Pule

Barton, M (2004) eCHO - Hatch Match and Dispatch Curated by Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane; exhibited at London College of Fashion ‘Fashion Space’ Gallery, Central London November 29 to December 10 3 printed perspex bonnets for this exhibition This second exhibition showed a selection of 27 key pieces from the first exhibition, including my work titled ‘Hatch, Match and Dispatch’

Barton, M (2003) Artificial Elegance Design Gallery, A Block, Otago Polytechnic May 20 – June 2, 2003 Melbourne Fashion Festival exhibit was expanded to produce a larger installation for Otago Polytechnics Design Gallery. This project explored millinery & relationships between actual & virtual environments. It focused on the use of new media and CAD

Barton, M (2003) eCHO - Hatch, Match and Dispatch Curated by Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
July 2003 - Old Government House, Brisbane 3 printed perspex bonnets for this exhibition The eCHO project was undertaken by invited researchers including British, Australian and New Zealand fashion and textile designers, artists, academics and postgraduate students.

Barton, M (2003) Artificial Elegance L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
First Site RMIT Union Gallery, Melbourne, Australia March 19 – 29, 2003 10 days Video presentation of virtual millinery and still images from the video

Barton, M (2003) Lets Gather Here Doris De Pont in L’Oreal NZ Fashion Week
St Kevins Arcade, Auckland October 22, 2003 10 perspex headpieces In 2005 six of these pieces were aquired for the permanent collection at Te Papa Tongarewa Pacific Collection, Wellington, New Zealand

Barton, M (2002) Where the Wild Things Are DNA in L’Oreal NZ Fashion Week
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland October 2002 12 pieces

Conference Contribution - Other

Barton, M (2017) The democratic geographies of wearer as designer, radicalising the fashion event through the Citizen Stylist project. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 29 August - 1 September 2017.London, UK. Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world. Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).


Barton, M. (2014) Cross Cultural Fashion Collaborations. The ITENZ 2014 Annual Conference was held at the Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September.

Barton, M. & Oettli, M. (2010) Creative Collaborations. Otago Polytechnic Staff Development day, 4th February 2010, 50 minutes. This invited paper further illustrates developments & outcomes of the Fash+Photog collaborative cross-disciplinary project. The focus in this iteration was teaching & learning; opportunities & conflicting outlooks were uncovered & reframed.

Barton, M and Lange, S. (2009) Bodies of knowledge: One voice, harmony between creative-why and technical-how. 2009 Aotearoa New Zealand Art Association of Educators Conference, 20th - 23rd April. This paper was a conversation between two lecturers from diverse backgrounds. We discussed our varied experience as learners, the significance these experiences have had on our teaching practice, & how we have used these experiences to evolve our practice. http://www.anzaae2009.org.nz/home/

Barton, M and Oettli, M (2009) Zeitgeist, fashion and art: an example of creative collaboration in fashion communication. Fashion Industry New Zealand, Eighth Annual Fashion Education Conference. CPIT, Christchurch. 6th - 7th August. 30 minutes. This second iteration is concerned with the notion of ownership and copyright, an area which emerged as a contentious issue between design & art collaborations in the ‘Zeitgeist Becomes Form’ project. Refer to nominated output 3.

Barton, M (2008) Marginal practice - a space for creativity Addressing the Margins Conference, The New Zealand Costume and Textile Section of the Auckland Museum Institute Seventh Annual Symposium. Otago Museum, Dunedin. 29 March 2008. 30-minute presentation. This paper discusses why & how I use 3D digital technologies. I suggest new ways of working which maximise the creative opportunities offered when using 3D CAD technologies, bringing millinery in from the margins of fashion design practice. Abstract peer-reviewed for selection. This paper built on my paper, ‘Craft persons address unknown: the shifting spaces of making millinery’, New Craft - Future Voices, Duncan of Jordanstone College, University of Dundee, Scotland, 04 - 06 July 2007. Full conference paper accepted, but author unable to travel to the conference in Scotland to present this paper, paper withdrawn.

Barton, Margo (2008) Making millinery - redefining process and object Graduate Research Conference, School of Architecture and Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia. 7th June, 2008, 20 minutes. This is a public seminar series.

Barton,M., Hanton,L., McAndrew, I. & Woodhouse, A. (2008) Engaging students in learning. Spotlight on Teaching Colloquia, University of Otago, Dunedin, November 20, 60 minutes. Invited to be part of this panel on teaching and learning at the University of Otago with other teaching awards winners to share exemplary teaching practices. Discussion centered on student engagement and experiential learning.

Barton, Margo (2007) Conceiving and communicating fashion accessories: ideas, prototypes, images. Graduate Research Conference, School of Architecture and Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia. 3rd June, 2007, 20 minutes. This is a public seminar series.

Barton, Margo (2006) Conceiving and communicating fashion accessories: ideas, prototypes, images. Graduate Research Conference, School of Architecture and Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia. October 21st, 20 minutes. This is a public seminar series.

Barton, Margo (2006) Conceiving and communicating fashion accessories: ideas, prototypes, images. Graduate Research Conference, School of Architecture and Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia. June, 2006, 20 minutes. This is a public seminar series.

Barton, M (2005) Cross Pollintation = Engineered Accessories Southern Threads: Connecting dress, cloth, and culture, The New Zealand Costume and Textile Section of the Auckland Museum Institute 4th annual Symposium, Otago Museum, Dunedin 5 March 30 minutes

Barton, M (2005) Cooking up a hat – [intuitive] designing and making, the experience of fashion The Graduate Research Conference, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 14 - 16 October 2005

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Barton, M. (2013) New Hat? Explorations in 3D Digital Millinery Designing and Making. Digital Fashion 2013, 16-17 May 2013, Digital Studio, London College of Fashion, London, UK. http://www.digitalfashionconference.com/ Paper presented and published in the proceedings at the 1st International Conference on Digital Fashion, Fashion Digital Studio, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. pp 113 - 122

Barton,M. & Hlavac-Green E. (2013) East meets West - cultural empowerment through fashion. IFFTI 16th Annual conference - The Power of Fashion., Bunka Gaken University, Tokyo, Japan. 27th January - 31st January 2014.

Barton, M. (2011) Get ahead, get a hat: model millinery in the 21st Century. IFFTI 13th Annual conference - Fashion and Luxury: Between Heritage and Innovation. Institut Francais De La Mode, Paris, France. ISBN: 978-2-914863-23-0 Conference dates: 13 and 14 April 2011; pp201-209.

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Oettli, M. and Barton, M. (2009) Zeitgeist and collaboration: An example in creative collaboration. 2009 Aotearoa New Zealand Art Association of Educators Conference. School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, 20th - 23rd April. One hour. In this paper, we investigate and undertake our first reflection through conversation on the collaborative design and art project, “Zeitgeist Becomes Form, German Fashion Photography 1945-95”, undertaken with noted Berlin photographer Ute Mahler. Refer to nominated output 3. http://www.anzaae2009.org.nz/home/

Barton, M. (2009) More more more - can digital practice be an antidote for affluenza? Fashion and Well-Being. 11th Annual Conference of International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes. London College of Fashion, London, UK. ISBN 978-0-9560382-2-7 2nd - 3rd April 2009 pp 494-504. This paper investigates the methodologies of using CAD as a tool for designing fashion and millinery. Using CAD as a design tool has the potential to transform material practice by establishing a more sustainable method of working via digital prototyping. IFFTI is the only annual international conference for fashion educators; this paper was blind peer-reviewed by an international reviewing panel, and was published in the proceedings. Funding was secured through Otago Polytechnic Research Committee, travelling scholar scheme. http://www.iffti.com/downloads/past_conferences/LCF,%202009 password required

Barton, M. (2008) Tinker tailor: the disembodied practice of a milliner using CAD technologies to think through designing and making. The Body: Connections with Fashion IFFTI 2008 - 10th Annual Conference of International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia ISBN 978-1-921426-18-6 ; 13 - 14 March 2008 pp655-669.

IFFTI is the only annual international conference for fashion educators. This paper was blind peer reviewed by an international reviewing panel and was published in the proceedings. Funding was awarded by Otago Polytechnic Research Committee, travelling scholar scheme.
http://www.iffti.com/downloads/past_conferences/RMIT,%202008 password protected

Lange, S. Barton, M. Rana, R. (2006) Assessing a designed fashion collection - there has to be a better way. ITPNZ Conference, Napier, September 29, Napier. This paper is a reflection on teaching practice and how we built and shared our assessment practices in a team-teaching environment. Submitted for selection.

Barton, M and Thompson, K (2004) A conversation: virtual and actual spaces - textile practices in an era of new technologies the space between :textiles_art_design_fashion
Faculty of BEAD Curtin University, Perth, Australia 15 to 17 April 2004 30 minutes Space Between conference abstracts: http://www.thespacebetween.org.au/2index_old.html

Barton, M and Thompson, K (2004) A conversation: virtual and actual spaces - textile practices in an era of new technologies. the space between, Faculty of Built Environment, Art and Design (BEAD)
Doropoulos, M; Farren A; Worden S [eds] ISBN 0-9752106-2-9
Conference Proceedings November 2004, Volume 2
Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia 9 pages

Oral Presentation

Barton, M. (2013) Home Sewn - in conversation interview with Doris de Pont. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Sunday 10 March, 2013

Barton, M. (2011) Get ahead, get a hat: model millinery in the 20th Century Designers Talk Design, Otago Polytechnic, 30 March, 2011. Invited to present my research into millinery trends in a public design seminar series co-ordinated by the Otago Institute of Design, Otago Polytechnic.

Barton, M. (2010) Get ahead, get a hat. Pecha Kucha, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. 25 August, 2010. 20 slides, 30 seconds per slide. Invited to present my research on millinery trends in this public event.

Barton, M (2010) Object Representing Non Object-Millinery in the Digital Age Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. September 2, 2010. Invited to present my research into millinery designing and making utilising CAD technology in a public seminar.

Barton, M and Woodhouse, A. (2009) Inspiring Teams. Invited to present the plenary session with Adrian Woodhouse, in conversation with Maxine Alterio, to the entire staff of Otago Polytechnic. Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin Town Hall. Otago Polytechnic Staff Development Day, Otago Polytechnic, February 5.

Barton, M and Lange, S. (2009) A team approach to Assessment Design. Otago Polytechnic Staff Development Day, Otago Polytechnic, February 5. Invited to present our team assessment practices to the wider polytechnic.

Barton, M. (2008) The Disembodied Practice of a Milliner Using CAD technologies to Think Through Designing and Making Art School Seminar series, Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Research Programme, Otago Polytechnic. 20th March 2008, 30 minutes. Invited to present research on my investigations into methodologies of designing & making using 3D CAD, & to focus on the phenomenology of an immaterial design practice.

Barton, Margo (2004) Conceiving and Communicating Fashion accessories: ideas, prototypes, images The Graduate Research Conference, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 15 - 17 October

Thesis – Masters/Doctoral

Barton, M. (2012) Sketching Millinery in Three Dimensions: A journey between physical and digital spaces. Doctor of Philosophy by project, 164 pages, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne Australia, 2012. http://researchbank.rmit.edu.au/view/rmit:160241

Journal Article

Barton, Margo (2010) How to recognize a piece of jewellery - a reply. Context, Issue 20, May 2010; invited to respond to article in Context journal: How to recognise a piece of jewellery; response pp37-38. ISSN 1176-3132.

Oettli, M and Barton, M (2009) Problem-based learning group teaching in design and art – a spontaneous example Scope: Contemporary Research Topics ISSN 1177-5653 (hard copy); 1177-5661 (online). Art and Design: 4, November 2009. pp171 - 178. available: http://www.thescopes.org/art/articles/04_171_Oettli_Barton_11_09.pdf
Database: EBSCO data base.
Blind peer reviewed by an international panel of experts. http://www.thescopes.org/art/articles/04_171_Oettli_Barton_11_09.pdf

Barton, M and Thompson, K (2004) A conversation: virtual and actual spaces - textile practices in an era of new technologies Junctures the Journal for Thematic Dialogue 2: system, June pages 61 - 71 http://www.junctures.org.nz

Report

Barton, M (2007) Learning and Teaching Portfolio Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Education. Submitted to New Zealand Qualifications Authority, March 2007, 47 pages, Report submitted March 2007, award conferred June 2007.

Summary of report published in summary report booklet October 2007 : Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Education, Ako Aotearoa - National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. October 2007 pp 15 - 18.

Available on http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/node/107

http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/download/ng/file/group-4/n906-tertiary-teaching-excellence-awards-2007.pdf

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