Katelin Karbonik

Katelin Karbonik

Introduce yourself:

I am a Master's student in Material Culture Studies (Human Ecology). I work in museums and theatre, and I am currently the Associate Curator of Clothing and Textiles at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. I have been fascinated by all things textiles since my earliest memories and I taught myself to knit when I was 10 years old. In my non-textiles time, I get to travel internationally as a competitive salsa dancer.

What are you researching and what do you hope comes out of your research?

I am researching the making and wearing of a particular garment, the doublet of Charles de Blois. I hope that my research showcases the remarkable intelligence of garment makers, both past and present. I also hope it helps people understand that wearing clothing is an embodied source of knowledge that can reveal both individual and social values.

How did presenting a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) help explain your research?

Distilling my research into three, non-specialist minutes forced me to explain to myself why my research is important to the public. I can explain why I am doing this research to someone in my discipline but explaining it to a non-specialist meant going way back to why I began studying clothing in the first place!

Define "For the Public Good" in your own words.

It means learning and researching with the essential purpose of serving the broader community. Research does not happen in a vacuum (even if it sometimes feels that way).

What inspires you to do research?

I am inspired by the makers of clothing - past and present - for being an essential and persistently undervalued part of the global community.

If you have to dedicate your research to anyone from the past, present, or future, who would it be and why?

To the nameless craftspeople whose intelligent hand have clothed us over the centuries.

3MT Keywords: making; wearing; learning