Name: Lee De Wet
Location: Office G042A FADA Building Bunting Road Campus
FADA Fashion Design Staff Staff Members
Tel: 011 559 1071
About Ms Lee De Wet
Lee De Wet is a lecturer in the Department of Fashion Design in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She majored in Fashion Design at the Pretoria Technikon, graduating in 1984. In the year 2009 she completed her Masters in Fashion at the University of Johannesburg, with a dissertation titled “Fashion forecasting approaches in South Africa: proposed way forward”. Presently Lee lectures predominantly in the Creative Design modules on undergraduate level and supervises and co-supervises postgraduate students in the BTech and MTech programmes. Lee’s research forms part of a larger continuing action research process, within the broader field of teaching and learning. The specific focus of her research is on the development of students’ level of design thinking and visual literacy skills, particularly during the early stages of the design process. The larger aim of this research is to improve students’ conceptual design practice. Lee’s current research activities include the implementation of an improved visual analysis tool in the form of a series of visual analysis workshops, which resulted from recommendations made in her article ‘An educational tool to encourage higher level thinking skills in the selection of images for fashion design mood boards: an action research approach’ which was published in the ‘International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education’ in April 2016. Lee is currently in the process of collecting data from this action, which will then result in a follow-up paper. She has further also submitted paper in 2016, titled ‘Both sides of the coin: a teaching strategy to facilitate an alignment of the creative design purpose of a fashion designer and the aspired value of the consumer’ to the journal, JFECS for consideration. Lee’s research outputs to date include: An article titled ‘An educational tool to encourage higher level thinking skills in the selection of images for fashion design mood boards: an action research approach’ published in the ‘International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education’ in April 2016. A co-authored paper with Dr Thea Tselepis, titled, ‘Whose creative expression is it anyway? A conceptual framework proposed to facilitate an authentic creation process of fashion design mood boards’, which was presented at the DEFSA (Design Education Forum of South Africa) Conference held in September 2015. The conference paper was also published in the DEFSA conference proceedings document. A paper titled, ‘Proposing a framework towards critical visual analysis in fashion design’, delivered at the VIAD Fashion Colloquium: Jozi Fashion Threads I in 2013. Lee’s highlight of her research outputs is the publication of her article titled ‘An educational tool to encourage higher level thinking skills in the selection of images for fashion design mood boards: an action research approach’ in an international journal ‘International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education’ in April this year. For Lee, this paper was the result of a process of establishing a personal research focus, which developed over a period of time. From this initial research interest, several related research opportunities have since emerged that she is in the process of pursuing.