Senior Lecturer in Fashion Technology
I am a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Technology within the Manchester Fashion Institute.
I teach on the BA(Hons) Fashion Design Technology - Womenswear, Menswear & Sportswear pathways. I support students to problem solve creatively and specialise in the communication of technology and technical processes using 2D and 3D digital methods. Currently final year manager for all three pathways. I also guest lecture on other undergraduate and post graduate programmes within the university.
Prior to joining MMU I worked in the fashion industry for a number of years, initially in design and product development for womenswear and childrenswear. My interest in technologies led me to become Director of Professional Services within a global fashion IT solutions company. My focus was on creative digital solutions across the apparel supply chain and market levels, including use of Avatar and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management Systems). My work took me across Europe, Asia and the USA. In 2007 I took up a position as a full time Senior Lecturer in Fashion Technology. Whilst at the university I have gained an MSc in Clothing Product Development and a PGCert in Academic Practice, I plan to commence a PhD in 2019.
I hold a patent for a textile based product for babies and have previously co-chaired the Manchester Inventors Group.
Academic and professional qualifications
I am interested in the representations and experiences of fashioning the body, and representations of the body through analogue and digital methodologies.
My current research investigates the process and varied narratives of the female body, whilst exploring 3D digital technologies.
Projects and initiatives
2016 Body Scanning Project for sportwear company (Canterbury) - won MMU Enterprise Award
2015 Body Scanning Project for major online fashion retailer (ASOS) - managed final stages of the project. - shortlisted for an MMU Enterprise Award
2014 Presentation at the annual conference of a global bio surgery supplier topic of body change.
2011 Conducted industry training on technical specifications for an MOD products supplier.
TRANSfiguring the female form (2018, 2019)
Interplay and Interactions of Science, Cancer, Body and Cloth (2016)
Poster presentation at MMU Body Image and Appearance Network Conference – Women’s Body Image and Change Experiences (2016)
Community, charity and NGO links
(2016) CRUK collaborative public engagement project
Granted a patent for a textile based product for babies
Co-chaired Manchester Inventors Group
Prizes and awards
- MSc (Clothing Product Development)
- PGC- Academic Practice (Distinction)
Membership of professional associations
Research interests focus on dynamic processes within fashion design and product development. Current investigations include techniques for gathering and presenting information about human bodies in 2D and 3D. By exploring the use of digital and non-digital methods, I aim to address critical issues relating to how and why bodies are presented and represented through fashion.
I am particularly interested in practices inclusive of diversity, difference, change and transformation, construction and reconstruction. I advocate positive body image.
I am working towards a PhD proposal, provisionally titled:
Artificial female bodies as an intervention for contemporary body knowledge in fashion product development.
Within my work and research I use a range of digital and avatar technologies including tools to represent the body; 3D body scanners, CLO3D, Gerber3D, VStitcher, Virtual Alvaforms. 3D printing processes and outputs using Fusion360 are of interest, as is the use of VR and AR to work in 3D environments.
(2018-2019) TRANS travelling exhibition as part of IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes). TRANSfiguring the female form. An installation re-presenting the body explored through a longitudinal study of 3D body scans of one female torso, presented using 2D CAD and 3D printing. First exhibition at Bunka in Tokyo (2018), and Manchester Fashion Institute (2019).
(2017-2019) Currently part of a cross disciplinary team on a £50k innovation funded Starworks Devices for Dignity project. The project is working with NHS National Institute for Health Research, prostheticians, and parents of children with congenital upper limb differences. The team presented their progress for a fashion based 3D printable Child Upper Limb 3D Printable Prosthetic, I developed new methods to help parents and children become familiar with the 3D printed limb options using fashion as an underlying process.
S. Grogan, J. Mechan, S. Persson, S. Finlay, M. Hall (2017). I've got a very dichotomous difference in the way that I perceive myself”: Positive and negative constructions of body image following cancer treatment. Journal of Health Psychology. pp.135910531773089-135910531773089.
Mechan. J, (2016) in collaboration with CRUK (Cancer Research UK) Interplay and Interactions of Science, Cancer, Body and Cloth’ was an installation in 'The Fabric of Research’ public engagement proejct presented at Manchester Design & Draft Centre. The event formed part of the European City of Science Festival (ECoS) trail.
S. Grogan, J. Mechan (2016). Body image after mastectomy: A thematic analysis of younger women’s written accounts. Journal of Health Psychology 22(11), pp.1480-1490.
J. Mechan (2016) I initiated a project collaboration with G. Housley, E. Keefe, J. Earnshaw. I presented my findings at the International Creative Cut Conference, University of Huddersfield, titled Defining a Theoretical Model: The Application of 3D Printing as a Disruptive Technology, Explored Through the Analysis of the Process of Creative Garment Development.
Mechan, JE., 2016. Interplay & Interactions of Science, Cancer, Body and Cloth, Manchester Design and Craft Centre, 23/7/2016.
Grogan, S., Mechan, J., Persson, S., Finlay, S., Hall, M., 2017. 'I've got a very dichotomous difference in the way that I perceive myself”: Positive and negative constructions of body image following cancer treatment', Journal of Health Psychology, pp. 135910531773089-135910531773089.
Grogan, S., Mechan, J., 2016. 'Body image after mastectomy: A thematic analysis of younger women’s written accounts', JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 22 (11), pp. 1480-1490.
Mechan, J., Housley, G., Keefe, E., Earnshaw, J., 2016. 'Defining a Theoretical Model: The Application of 3D Printing as a Disruptive Technology, Explored Through the Analysis of the Process of Creative Garment Development', Creative Cut Conference 2016, University of Huddersfield, 24/2/2016 - 25/2/2016.
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester M15 6BG
Monday to Thursday