Senior Lecturer (Fashion Technology)
I am a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Technology within the Manchester Fashion Institute.
My main focus of teaching is with BA(Hons) Fashion Design Technology - Womenswear, Menswear & Sportswear pathways. I support students to problem solve creatively and specialise in the communication of products and technical processes using 2D and 3D multimedia methods. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Currently year manager responsible for the pastoral care of final year students across for all three pathways.
I guest lecture on other undergraduate and post graduate programmes within the university including PrintCity (https://printcity.mmu.ac.uk/).
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 Director of Professional Services within a global IT for Fashion Solutions company. The focus on creative digital solutions across the apparel supply chain and market levels included the implementation of Avatar and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Systems. My role took me across Europe, Asia and the USA. In 2007 I took up a position as a full time Senior Lecturer in Fashion Technology at MMU.
Whilst at the university I have gained an MSc in Clothing Product Development, PGCert in Academic Practice and FHEA. In 2019 I commenced a part time PhD on the topic of Artificial Female Bodies As An Intervention, studying across two faculties; Manchester Fashion Institute and the Department of Computing & Mathematics.
I work on bespoke projects with industry, working as part of the team with the Head of Business Engagement (Barbara Shepherd) .
I champion 3D digital approaches within Fashion Design and Technology. I am a member of the Digital Education Champions team launched in 2020.
I hold a patent for a textile based product for babies and have previously co-chaired the Manchester Inventors Group.
Academic and professional qualifications
2015 - PGC Academic Practice (Distinction)
2015 - FHEA
2011 - MSc Clothing Product Development - (Merit)
Projects and initiatives
2017 ESRC funded body scanning (body image experiences) – a public engagement event at Manchester City Art Gallery. Collaborative with professor Sarah Grogan (Psychology) & Dr Kathryn Brownbridge.
2016 “Interplay and Interactions of Science, Cancer, Body & Cloth” – garment installation incorporating 3D printed elements and garment technologies at Manchester Design and Craft Centre as part of the European City of Science in Manchester. This project was in collaboration with Cancer Research UK scientists and with thanks to public volunteers.
2016 Body Scanning Project for sportwear company - project won MMU Enterprise Award
2015 Body Scanning Project for major online fashion retailer - managed final stages of the project and report compilation - project shortlisted for an MMU Enterprise Award
2014 invitatoin to present at the annual conference of a global bio surgery supplier topic of body image and body change experiences.
2011 industry training for a supplier of MOD garment products, focussed on the process of technical specifications, critical path and workflow.
2018-2019 IFFTI - Travelling Exhibition Japan & England - 'TRANSfiguring the female form'. Longitudinal study of the female forrm incorporating 2D CAD and 3D printing.
2016 - Interplay and Interactions of Science, Cancer, Body and Cloth - As part of the European City of Science Trail, public engagement event at Manchester Design and Craft Centre, in collaboration with Cancer Research UK
2016 - Poster presentation at MMU Body Image and Appearance Network Conference – Women’s Body Image and Change Experiences
Consultancy and advisory roles
2019/current - Education Committee Member of 3D.RC for workstream. The 3D.RC was established in 2017 as a collaborative group of global retailers and brands, working together to advance 3D technology for apparel, accessories and footwear designers, retailers, manufacturers, and supply chains.
Community, charity and NGO links
(2016) Cancer Reearch UK (CRUK) collaborative public engagement project
Granted a patent for a textile based product.
Co-chaired Manchester Inventors Group
Prizes and awards
2020 - Shortlisted - Outstanding Innovation in Teaching Award (https://www.mmu.ac.uk/student-life/news/story/?id=12489)
2014 – MMU Knowledge Exchange Award - Hollings Faculty - Body Scanning Research Project for Fashion Retailing
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 inclusivity, of diversity, difference, change and transformation, transition, construction and reconstruction. I advocate positive body image.
My current practice based PhD is on the topic of:
Artificial female bodies as an intervention for contemporary body experiences.
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 'phygitally' (hybrid physical and digital practices).
(209) Science and Industry Museum Public Engagment event - Avatar Me! workshop where visitors experienced body scanning, becoming an avatar and customising their avatar and a digital tshirt in 3D.
(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.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management
Laurence King Publishing
Mechan, JE., 2019. 'Interplay & Interactions of Science, Cancer, Body and Cloth', Manchester Design and Craft Centre.
Grogan, S., Mechan, J., Persson, S., Finlay, S., Hall, M., 2019. ''I've got a very dichotomous difference in the way that I perceive myself': Positive and negative constructions of body image following cancer treatment.', J Health Psychol, 24 (10), pp. 1368-1377.
Grogan, S., Mechan, J., 2017. 'Body image after mastectomy: A thematic analysis of younger women's written accounts.', J Health Psychol, 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
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