This piece represents the core of my PhD, which ended up being about The Role of Writing in undergraduate Design Education in the UK and was the first time I properly came in contact with Higher Education from the teaching side.
The spiral itself represents the structure I had in mind – I was trying to turn Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle into three dimensions, which represents the research process as well as both the design and writing process (one of the points I made in the PhD). I used little images of it to preface chapters, always highlighting where in the spiral the reader was at this point.
I like the idea of this, a spiral that gets tighter and comes to a point as the focus of the research becomes clearer, becoming the starting point of an outgoing spiral, as the (initial) centre point on my quilt. And while I didn’t end up in Higher Education for a couple of years, this was the spark that in the end did start my current career (and got me my job).
I realise this might not remain in the middle of the quilt, but for now I will work outwards in a spiral…