My interests are as follows
Community wellbeing and data visualisation to effectively communicate complex dynamic information. http://highwire-dtc.com/rachelk/FutureVille.html
Improving physical performance through digital feedbackhttp://highwire-dtc.com/rachelk/DreamDancer.html
I have recently finished my PhD http://highwire-dtc.com/rachelk/Techno-Quilt.html and presented part of this research 'http://di.ncl.ac.uk/publicweb/craftinginteractivesystems/Keller.pdf' at the CHI (Computer Human Interaction) conference in 2013
My PhD was in two parts. The first was about what could be learnt about strong local communities. To do this I followed two local quilting groups. The second part was the design and making of an Interactive Quilt. When any of the twelve patches of the quilt are scanned with a suitable computer/mobile they will reveal their hidden digital stories. I used the quilt to explore how textiles and technology can enhance digital skills and provide an enriched interactive experience, strengthen communities and provide a platform for creative experimentation.
Previously I was a consultant, employee and business owner specialising in training, organisational development, recruitment and psychometrics. I worked across most sectors - public, private and third. Additionally I founded and managed a performing arts organisation.
Knowledge Exchange award from the Faculty of Art and Social Science 2014
Doctoral Prize awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - 2014
Proof of Concept - Lancashire County Council 2014
Funding from 'Unlimited' for community pilot project involving Interactive Textiles - 2013
Part of Winning Team 'FoodRadar'. June 2011. Design and prototyping of web application to reduce commercial food waste
Women of Achievement Cosmopolitan Magazine 1998. Runner up with other nominees such as olympic athlete Sally Gunnell and Dame Evelyn Glennie (overall winner). This was for achievement in one's field of work. In this case is was for designing a low budget service transforming the opportunities of thousands of staff in organisations across an Educational Authority.
I enjoy outdoor pursuits such as walking, biking, paragliding, kayaking. I am also a keen dancer of Flamenco, Bollywood, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and African although I am a newcomer to some of these dance types.
"Why be happy when you can be normal"
"Make failure a success"
"There is nothing so practical as a good theory"
"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment".
"Think twice before you speak, and then you may be able to say something more insulting than if you spoke right out at once".