Tarryn Handcock is a cross-disciplinary designer, artist and academic. She currently lectures at RMIT University in the School of Fashion and Textiles where she specialises in the phenomenology of body, skin, and dress, and interrogates the space between them as a site for engagement and design innovation.
Handcock’s research explores materials and material making as tacit, embodied, and situated knowledge. Her practice integrates making techniques including body casting and moulding, and explores the human form and surface as a ‘body-site’ for conceptualising, designing and engaging with artefacts of dress. Her work investigates embodied processes of wear as well as temporality and place, and she is interested in human research ethics in creative practice, using speculative methodologies as well as material approaches.
Handcock holds a practice based PhD in fashion and textiles from RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Design (Honours with the University Medal) in object and jewellery design from the College of Fine Art, UNSW (UNSW Art & Design). Her work has been presented and exhibited at conferences, panels, and workshops locally and internationally.