Tarryn Handcock is a cross-disciplinary designer, artist and academic. She 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 as a site for design innovation.
Handcock’s research explores the role of materials and material making as embodied and situated knowledges. Her practice integrates casting and moulding techniques, and explores the human form and surface as a ‘body-site’ for conceptualising, designing and engaging with artefacts of dress. She is interested in human research ethics in creative practice, using speculative methodologies as well as material approaches.
Her current work investigates embodied processes of wear, in particular, temporal dressing and fashion walking practices for urban places and spaces.
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.