New publication: Experiential Walks for Urban Design

I am delighted to announce that Springer has released a new book Experiential Walks for Urban Design: Revealing, Representing, and Activating the Sensory Environment, edited by Barbara E. A. Piga, Daniel Siret and Jean-Paul Thibaud.

Tassia Joannides and I have a chapter included in the book, titled ‘Urban Flâneur: A Site-Responsive Walking Methodology for Fashion Design‘, as part of a section on Experiential Walk for Informing Urban Design and Favoring Citizens’ Engagement.

You can read the ABSTRACT for the chapter here:

Walking is fundamental to how we occupy and navigate our world. Our streets are populated by walking, dressed bodies yet the role of walking has been largely overlooked by the field of fashion design. This chapter examines how fashion can play a role in producing experiences and understandings between (dressed) social bodies and urban environments. Firstly, it proposes that walking the city is a critical activity for fashion practice that can be utilised by creative practitioners to build embodied and situated knowledges of place through a methodology of ‘urban flâneurie’. Secondly, it demonstrates how a critically reflective approach to walking can enhance how fashion presentations—such as runways and public events—contribute to place-making through engagement with urban environments. These concepts are explored through a case study of a site-responsive fashion project in Victoria Harbour, Australia, entitled Urban Flâneur, which resulted in two creative public events. Here, walking becomes a method for fashion designers to study complex relationships arising between fashion, culture and place, and to produce outcomes that activate the urban site.


“The edited volume explores the topic of experiential walks, which is the practice of multi- or mono-sensory and in-motion immersion into an urban or natural environment. The act of walking is hence intended as a process of (re-)discovering, reflecting and learning through an embodied experience. Specific attention is devoted to the investigation of the ambiance of places and its dynamic atmospheric perception that contribute to generating the social experience. This topic is gaining increasing attention and has been studied in several forms in different disciplines to investigate the particular spatial, social, sensory and atmospheric character of places.

The book contains chapters by experts in the field and covers both the theory and the practice of innovative methods, techniques, and technologies. It examines experiential walks in the perspective of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental and sensory urban design by organising the contributions according to three specific interrelated focuses, namely the exploration and investigation of the multisensory dimension of public spaces, the different ways to grasp and communicate the in-motion experience through traditional and novel forms of representation, and the application of the approach to urban participatory planning and higher education. Shedding new light on the topic, the book offers both a reference guide for those engaged in applied research, and a toolkit for professionals and students.”

PURCHASE is available through the publisher here: SPRINGER

Extended dates – Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder

Re-opening Friday 5 November 2021 until 30 January 2022

Como House and Garden

Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra, Victoria 3141



Due to changes in COVID-19 restrictions, Como House will be re-opening on Friday 5th November 2021and the exhibition, ‘Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder’ will be extended to the end of January 2022.

My miniature work, Baba Yaga Hut, is featured in the exhibition! I do hope that you will be able to see the show.

Tarryn Handcock, Baba Yaga Hut (2020)

“Get up close to over 40 doll houses, many previously unseen from the 1880s to the present day. Together with furniture, accessories, ephemera and virtual experiences, Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder unlocks the imagination of makers, collectors, activists and players and reveals the stories hidden in their worlds.”

Source National Trust of Australia (Victoria)                    



IFFTI 2021 conference


Fashioning Resurgence: Our Time is Now

26 – 28 October 2021

Pearl Academy, India  


I will be presenting a paper on research at the upcoming IFFTI 2021 conference with my colleagues Verity Prideaux, Dr. Sonya Kraan, Dr. Rebecca Van Amber, Emma Yench, and Associate Dean of Technology, Dr. J Underwood from RMIT University’s School of Fashion and Textiles.


Abstract: Reflecting on Place and Materials: Interdisciplinarity Practices for Fashion

The fashion and textiles sector is undergoing a moment of deep reflection. Technological innovations and improved environmental, social and ethical practices are transforming the global fashion and textiles industry, fundamentally changing how clothes are made, consumed and experienced. Simultaneously, society and consumer behaviour and expectations are changing. Conscious consumers are buying less but better and are wanting more meaningful experiences. Various industry reports (such as the Global Fashion Agenda, 2020) highlight the challenges, as well as opportunities, facing the industry. These challenge the global fashion and textiles education community to rethink how it prepares graduates for industry. What knowledge and skills will graduates need? As educators, how do we adapt and transform curriculum offerings to provide graduates opportunities for meaningful employment, meet the needs of industry whilst ensuring that we work within planetary boundaries and strive for best ethical and social practices.   

When considering future employability of graduates, three key considerations will inform and shape the fashion and textiles industry: (i) Sustainability and the shift to a circular fashion system require new ways of working; (ii) A new material intelligence is needed that will support the analysis and development of the next generation of materials within a framework of sustainability, and (iii) Interdisciplinarity through a multi-stakeholder approach to support ‘Age of entanglement’(Oxman, 2016) ways of working. 

This paper outlines the conceptual philosophy for the learning design of the two courses co-delivered to all first-year students in the School of  Fashion and Textiles These courses seek to scaffold and complement students’ discipline-specific learning of design (fashion design and textile design), enterprise (fashion enterprise) or technology (sustainable innovation). Both courses seek, in different ways, to promote interdisciplinary learning which enables students to develop shared language sets around sustainability and materials, and to recognise and establish relationships between disciplinary sectors.  Furthermore, it is argued that interdisciplinary courses can provide opportunities to explore diverse strategies for actioning sustainability locally and in connection to global issues.



Pearl Academy x IFFTI conference website

ROADMAP presented by State of Disaster

“This project aims to empower local artists and the community to think beyond now, share sensibilities, exchange imaginaries and speculate on futures.” – State of Disaster



11 – 25 September 2021

3031 – Kensington and Flemington – Victoria, Australia

An open air art show on the unceded land of the Eastern Kulin Nations


restricted area on Instagram – @site_praxis


ROADMAP, presented by State of Disaster

Over September my new site-specific work, restricted area, will be a part of the open exhibition, ROADMAP, presented by State of Disaster and co-curated by Tameka Carter & Rute Chaves. The exhibition is across the 3031 postcode (Kensington, Flemington) in Victoria, Australia, and

Tarryn Handcock, restricted area (2021), site specific work for Haydon Lane, documented as @site_praxis



Exhibition Website –  State of Disaster

Exhibition Instagram – @state.of.disaster

Tags – #roadmap2021 #stateofdisasterkensington2021  #stateofdisasterkensingto

Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder


22 July – 29 August 2021

Como House and Garden

Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra, Victoria 3141



Over July and August my miniature work, Baba Yaga Hut, is featured in the exhibition, ‘Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder’, presented by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) at Como House and Garden.

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“Step inside the doll house and lose yourself in a miniature world of wonder and intrigue.

Explore the doll house from its traditional form to the space it occupies in the virtual and intangible worlds.

Get up close to over 40 doll houses, many previously unseen from the 1880s to the present day. Together with furniture, accessories, ephemera and virtual experiences, Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder unlocks the imagination of makers, collectors, activists and players and reveals the stories hidden in their worlds.”

Source National Trust of Australia (Victoria)


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Curator Talk
Select Thursdays from 24 June
Peek behind the scenes
Hear the stories directly from the curator, Dr Annette Shiell, and discover more about the houses, objects and concepts that combine to create this magical exhibition experience.

Melbourne Design Week 2021


26 March 2021 – ongoing

Melbourne Design Week

EpistolaryOnline exhibition and workshops


I am delighted to be working with Paul Yacoumis on EPISTOLARY, an online exhibition and a programme of events as a part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.


Epistolary is a digital exhibition and self-guided tour of the city featuring a collection of ‘love letters’ to Melbourne. Through an evolving gallery the exhibition explores what makes local places and spaces unique, and includes online workshops that provide an opportunity to create and share your own love letter to places you care about


In the lead up to the launch on March 26th, you can find out more here:

Melbourne Design Week 2021 programme

Epistolary Instagram page:




March 26th 2021, 12pm – ongoing

Love letters go live! Head to the Epistolary website to view the first love letters to Melbourne and add your own to to the evolving gallery, which will be updated throughout Melbourne Design Week.


RMIT WORKSHOP – Designer love: Expressing care for place

March 29th 2021, 10am-12pm

This invitation only RMIT University online workshop is led by Tarryn Handcock and Paul Yacoumis with Alice Lewis and Lisa Carroll. During this session, RMIT’s School of Fashion and Textiles first year students consider how designers can play a role in ways we care and connect with the world around us, and respond to the question, ‘is this love?’


PUBLIC WORKSHOP – A Lovers’ Discourse: Write a love letter to Melbourne

March 31st, 6pm-7.30pm

In this public online workshop led by Tarryn Handcock and Paul Yacoumis with rute chaves and Amandine Thomas, we ask: Why do you fall in love with particular places? What’s the most creative way you can express your love for a city? Join in conversation with the panel of artists and designers as they guide you through creating your own love letter to the world around you, and playfully approach caring and connecting with place.




Dr Tarryn Handcock is a cross-disciplinary designer, artist and academic in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University. Her work investigates fashion spaces and places, including relationships between people, place and dress. Through her work she is interested in the capacity for design to inspire storytelling; recent projects explore discourse, duration and dressing practices at an urban scale. She is also a life-long letter writer.


Paul Yacoumis is a part-time musician, writer, science nerd, social critic, coder, and armchair philosopher. He currently works at the intersection of data science, innovation, and public policy. The common thread: A dedication to exploring and improving the human condition, and inspiring renewed wonder and critical thinking in an increasingly fragmented world. He also likes making pretty things.


IFFTI x RMIT Workshop

IFFTI x RMIT Workshop


3-5pm, 10 March 2021

School of Fashion & Textiles

RMIT University


I will be presenting as part of a panel for the upcoming IFFTI x RMIT Workshop, ‘Critical Conversations’.


‘Ethical and sustainability practices, material innovation and the digital transformation is changing the fashion and textiles industry requires us to work in more collaborative ways and within planetary boundaries.’

This conversation brings course leaders together, of two courses codelivered to all first-year fashion and textiles students. We discuss how interdisciplinary learnings enable students to develop shared language sets around sustainability and materials, and to recognise and establish relationships between disciplinary sectors.

Convenors: Associate Dean (Technology) Dr Jenny Underwood with Dr Tarryn Handcock and Verity Prideaux (Place and Story), Dr Georgia McCorkill (Fashion Design Reuse) and Dr Saniyat Islam (Sustainable Materials).


IFFTI Workshop Poster 5.03.2021

Critical Fashion Studies Conference

Critical Fashion Studies Conference

27 – 29 February 2020

School of Culture and Communication

University of Melbourne  


I will be presenting a paper on research at the upcoming conference on the collaborative project Dr Tassia Joannides and I have been undertaking on relationships between fashion and walking.


Abstract: Designing urban site-responsive fashion.

Urban spaces and places offer up the potential for dynamic site-responsive design and presentation approaches. Yet in fashion, site-responsive design practice has been largely overlooked. Despite an increasing interest in localism there has been a surprising lack of practical inquiry into how disciplinary understandings of locality can be formed and how a sense of place can play a role in fashion design and presentation. Through a case study of two fashion design courses run by Tarryn Handcock and Tassia Joannides, located in (and responding to) Brunswick and Victoria Harbour, it is proposed that becoming an ‘urban flâneur’ can be a methodology for building  understandings of the local in fashion design and pedagogy. By reconceiving Walter Benjamin’s nineteenth century flâneur as an embodied subject who actively observes and produces fashion in the urban environment, practices of ‘urban flâneurie’, including inhabiting, observing and engaging with urban sites, are presented as a methodology for fashion designers to recognise, develop and communicate situated knowledges. Drawing out these knowledges, which might reflect specific material, historical, political, and disciplinary circumstances, as well as socially embedded narratives of place, could enable designers to build critical understandings of how fashion practice can mitigate, control, inform and enhance experiences (Potvin 2009) and perceptions of space and place. This methodology demonstrates the potential for fashion to expand interdisciplinary spatio-cultural discourse of site and contribute valuable understandings to how local practices can actively shape an urban context, including through public engagement events.



Critical Fashion Studies Conference website

Design Tasmania Artist Talk


16 January 2020, 11.20am for 11.30am start

Design Tasmania

Corner of Brisbane St + Tamar St

Launceston TAS

Free MONA FOMA event


Design Tasmania invites you to a conversation between artist Tarryn Handcock and curator Claire Beale, as a part of the Body Future exhibition presented by Design Tasmania for MONA FOMA:

“Tarryn Handcock is a cross-disciplinary design practitioner and lecturer within the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University (Melbourne). Her practice integrates jewellery and object making techniques as well as critically reflective design process strategies including writing, drawing, and speculative scenarios. The Dust Project asked 100 people to participate in a practice based investigation collecting 200 dust samples, a ‘culture’ that combines particulates from living human bodies, garments, and the spaces they inhabit. This ongoing speculative project is a launching point for thinking about three key themes in the context of design: the duration of human bodies and dress, how dress can wear and be worn in relation to a changing body, and the ethics of bodies and dust.

The skins and cells of our moving, breathing bodies disperse into the world, mingling with foreign matter and waste as we pass through space. It is an unsettling and permanent presence, marginal and transitional, without site or bounds.
–Tarryn Handcock”