As a textile designer, Audrey Briot navigates between weaving, knitting and screen printing by integrating inside materials sensibility, data, intelligence.
She is cofounder of the textile hackerspace DataPaulette. This communal workplace is multidisciplinary ; dedicated to experiment this place is at the crossroads of textile art, scientific research and digital technologies.
Her work tends to individualize the textile forms and questions DIY as a potential emancipation from the consumer society. Inspired by practices of misappropriation as well as non-verbal communication and ethnology, she is looking for new protocols and offers workshops and talks which heckle standards with data.
Shih Wei Chieh
Shih Wei Chieh is a media artist bases in Taipei. His wearable art, laser performance have been presented by many global events such as CTM Berlin, SXSW, YouFab, Modern Body Festival, University Technology Sydney etc. His work “Laser Dye” project in 2015 combines laser projection and cyanotype photography innovate the digital printing technology for 3D garments, shoes-wear. He’s also the founder of “Tribe Against Machine”, a social engaged project that invites media artist, e-textile artist to work with Taiwan Atayal tribe community, explore the new role of artist in remote society, how technology should evolve by reflecting to the crisis of the world after capital.
Taeyoon Choi is an artist, educator, and activist based in New York. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. Choi co-founded the School for Poetic Computation where he continues to organize sessions and teach classes on electronics, drawings, and social practice. He also teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He prioritizes his art and teaching practice for unlearning the wall of disability and normalcy, and enhancing accessibility and inclusion within art and technology. In 2019, he’s working on Distributed Web of Care and ongoing research with a critical perspective towards technology, ethics, justice and sensitivity to the concept of personhood. He’s interested in the intersection of race, gender, disability and environment in relationship to computation and network infrastructure.
Sasha de Koninck (Organizer)
Sasha de Koninck is an artist and researcher from Santa Monica, CA. She decided to leave the west coast and all of its wonderful weather to explore the city of Baltimore and the greater east coast to complete her undergraduate education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She graduated in 2013 with a B.F.A. in fibers, a minor in creative writing and a concentration in sound art. The next leg of her journey led her to the Windy City, where she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies. She currently teaches Conceptual Clothing at New Roads School.
Alice is a creative e-textile enthusiast, interested in embedded systems, Internet of Things, wearables and new interactions.
She is graduated in Information Systems Engineering, and since has been working as Freelance Web Developer and Programming teacher in French Engineering schools.
Currently based in Paris, she is a core member of Datapaulette, a textile hackerspace where she experiments textile and digital technologies. She organize workshops in maker events or schools, as ENSAIT (Textile engineering in Roubaix, France) and La Fabrique (CCI, île de France, Paris). She spend her time between her work as teacher, hacking and meeting people that are innovating in wearables or more. She recently developped a brand new formation, “Matières créatives et connectées”, dedicated to french industrials from the fields of Textile, Fashion and Leather, as part of the OPCALIA’s EDEC numérique program. Sensitive to the technological evolutions, she thinks that’s important to create several sustainable and innovative art+tech works.
Lara Grant (Organizer)
Lara is a designer and fabricator of interactive works that often include e-textiles and wearable electronics. She holds a BA in fashion design and an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) focused in physical computing and wearable and soft electronics
Faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Louisville since 2006, Cindy Harnett’s current research focus is sensors and actuators using fiber and textile fabrication methods. Her group also creates 3D structures at the micro and macro scale using pre-stretched layers. Recently she developed a continuously-fabricated, stretchable optical fiber that works as a sewable strain sensor in both wearable devices and soft robots. To merge proprietary embroidery formats with more conventional engineering design files, the Harnett group created a plugin to the free Inkscape computer-assisted design program that exports paths as embroidery files for low-cost consumer-oriented machines.
Erica Kermani (1983, Los Angeles) is a New York-based artist, educator, and community organizer. She creates projects and public programs around rituals for resistance, collective care, and technological sovereignty. She has exhibited her work internationally, in Paris, Helsinki, and across the US. Erica is co-creator and co-organizer of Radical Networks, an annual festival on the creative and alternative uses of network technologies. She is the former Director of Community Engagement at Eyebeam and is currently the recipient of the Mozilla Hive NYC Leadership Grant. She holds a BA in Visual Arts (Media/Computing) and Political Science at the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Design and Technology from the Parsons School for Design (NYC/Paris). Erica applies radical pedagogies in her work as adjunct faculty at Parsons School of Design and at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, as well as a youth educator and mentor.
ANDREA LAUER: (Artist, Designer, Educator, Creative Director, Inventor) who resides in New York City and works Internationally to produce multi-media experiences with a focus on the human form. She is a lecturer at New York University and the University Massachusetts at Amherst in the design and transformation of the human body and its presence through the use and application of technology. Ongoing collaborations include Meow Meow, Pilobolus dance, McCann Worldgroup, NYU Langone Medical Center, choreographer Elizabeth Streb and Amanda Palmer. Lauer’s credits include: Rolling Stone, American Vogue, Interview, Nylon, Paper and OUT magazine. Her work has also appeared at the Grammy Awards and Broadway in productions “American Idiot” and “Bring It On.” She is the co-founder of Brick X Brick, an art collective that does public art performance against misogyny that has been included in the New York Historical Archives. She is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Risen from the Thread a design thinking and innovation agency focused on the human body and its relationship with technology and a sustainable Jumpsuit line RISEN DIVISION. Client categories include fashion, marketing, fine art, medicine, sports, and entertainment. She was chosen as one of Randi Zuckerberg’s #52Womenin52Weeks and is a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and Venture/Research Fellow with the BF+DA.
Victoria Manganiello (b.1989) is an installation and mixed media artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited throughout the USA and internationally including at the Queens Museum, Tang Museum, Pioneer Works, and the Museum of Art and Design. Victoria was recently named one of Forbes list 30 under 30 artists for 2019. She is an adjunct professor at both NYU and Parson’s The New School. Exploring the intersections between materiality, technology, geography and storytelling, Victoria’s installation work, abstract paintings and kinetic sculptures are made meticulously with hand-woven textiles using hand-spun yarn, hand-mixed natural and synthetic color dyes along with modern technologies.
Nicole Messier (Organizer)
Nicole Yi Messier is an engineer, designer, eTextile practitioner, and artist. She creates experiences and installations across physical and digital platforms that focus on education, interaction, and playfulness. Her process includes research, making, and collaboration. Nicole has built large scale interactive museum experiences, nano robots, and launched an educational eTextile product line called blink blink.
Nicole is also adjunct faculty at Parsons School of Design where she teaches creative coding, designing for interactive museums, and design entrepreneurship. She has taught coding, prototyping, and user centered design workshops to a variety of audiences including NASA Space Apps Challenge and Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction conference.
Anastasia Pistofidou has an architecture degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2008)and a Master degree from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (2010-2011). In 2011 she joined IAAC Fab Lab Barcelona team and has undertaken several tasks such as , fab lab coordination, external projects development and manufacturing, research, education, digital fabrication services, fab lab management, mentorship, European projects, artistic residencies, fab lab curriculum design, internship programs, workshops curation and production. In 2013 she founded, FabTextiles Lab, an applied research and education department of Fab Lab Barcelona that focuses on the implications and applications of digital fabrication and new technologies in the textile and fashion industry. In 2017 she established the Materials Lab in Fab Lab Barcelona, focusing on the research and development of biomaterials, biofabrication and grown, living materials.
In 2017 she co-founded an distributed course, the Fabricademy, A new Textile and Technology Academy. Fabricademy is a multidisciplinary course with international faculty at the intersection of textiles, digital fabrication and biology She combines crafts and technology, analog and digital focusing on new materials, art and textiles promoting and supporting the open source movement.
Afroditi Psarra is a multidisciplinary artist working in the intersection of electronic textiles and physical computing with sound art. Her research focuses on the merge of science fiction ideas with poetic representations and performative practices, traditional crafting methodologies with engineering and electronics, the art and science interaction with a critical discourse in the creation of technological artifacts. Her work has been presented in seminal media arts festivals such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Eyeo and published in Siggraph, ISWC (International Symposium on Wearable Computers) and EVA (Electronic Visualization and the Arts) between others. She has worked at the Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing group in Disney Research Zurich and has instructed workshops in numerous prestigious institutions around the globe. She is currently working on the creation of wearable fractal antennas, by exploring algorithmic design and fabrication methods as ways of tapping into the invisible electromagnetic landscape that surrounds our bodies and our senses, and by democratizing open-source technologies as a means of resistance. She is currently assistant professor at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington and resides in Seattle, US.
Emilia Pucci is an Interaction and User Experience Designer with a background in emotion-driven design and a passion for traditional craftsmanship.
Her goal as an artist and designer is to merge digital technology and textile craftsmanship into soft wearable interfaces that enhance people’s experiences, using empathy and a hands-on approach to design for human flourishing.
Her vision stems from the belief that garments are one of the most important interface we humans have between our bodies and the external world. Like a second skin, clothes are vehicles to store and communicate information about ourselves at the physical, emotional, socio-cultural, spiritual level and even more. She is now investigating how e-textiles, soft sensors and actuators can enable people to embody interactions that augment our ability to communicate more about -and with- ourselves, developing more self- and etero-empathy.
Her dream is a world where traditional crafts and techniques from around the world work hand in hand with e-textiles and wearable technology to enrich the diversity of the garments of the future so that traditional communities are able to empower themselves in bringing their heritage and skills to the forefront of innovation.
I’m a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London, researching on how to use textile sensing to capture social behaviours. Currently, I work on ‘smart’ trousers that distinguish between speakers and listeners.
With a background in fashion design and mathematics, an interdisciplinary approach has always been important in my work practices, both in the design industry and academia. For example, I have programmed prime number structures into knitwear and used equations from astro-physics to construct patterns for tailored jackets.
My interests are scattered around textile technology, social sciences, and fields surrounding those.
Liza Stark (Organizer)
Liza Stark is a designer, educator, and eTextile practitioner based in New York. Her work seeks to create playful, community-driven spaces that demystify dusty narratives around technology by offering new stories that emerge from embedding electronics into textiles. Her recent work includes feminist revisionist history zines, talking quilts, and eTextile tool research.
She teaches in the MFA Design + Technology program at Parsons and co-organizes eTextile Spring Break. Past adventures include serving as a research fellow in the BF+DA at the Pratt Institute, designing curriculum for Girls Who Code, leading the community team at littleBits, and designing games and playful teacher professional development at Institute of Play.
She takes play very seriously, loves her sewing machine and soldering iron equally, and considers open knowledge sharing as important as breathing.
Giulia Tomasello is an interaction designer and researcher specialized in women’s healthcare combining biotechnology, interactive wearable and innovation. Giulia is the winner of the STARTS Grand Prize 2018, awarded from the European Commission for her project Future Flora, where appropriation by the arts has a strong potential to influence or alter the use, deployment or perception of technology.
In the past years, she has been investigating the potential of living materials, proposing a biological alternative for electronic textiles. She considers herself an explorer, using materiality to question and communicate the boundaries between technology and our bodies. By designing alternative scenarios Giulia questions our notions of wellbeing to develop innovative tools in the intersection of healthcare and social taboos.
Sam Topley is a musician, maker and community artist from Leicester (UK). Her practice explores sound and technology with textile-based handcrafts such as knitting, embroidery and pompom making. She shares her work internationally through workshops, exhibitions and performances. Sam is currently undertaking a PhD at the Music, Technology and Innovation – Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2), De Montfort University, where she also lectures in experimental music technology and community arts practice.
Shanel is a PhD student in the Unstable Design Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder’s ATLAS Institute. Their background is in physics, computers, and engineering, as well as textile crafts. In college, they taught themself how to knit with YouTube, and worked their way to designing knitwear patterns and teaching knitting technique classes. As part of their current research in smart textiles, Shanel uses weaving, spinning, knitting, and computational design to explore the intersections of handcraft and technology.
Jingwen Zhu is an engineer and designer based in New York. Her recent work involves interactive textiles and connected devices. She is interested in designing engaging interactions and combining traditional crafting methods with innovative technologies.
Originally from China, Jingwen studied digital media in Tongji University, Shanghai and received her master’s degree from ITP NYU. She is currently an electrical engineer at Tomorrow Lab and an adjunct instructor at ITP NYU teaching wearables and smart textiles.
Admar Schoonen || http://admarschoonen.github.io/
Adrian Freed || adrianfreed.com
Afroditi Psarra || afroditipsarra.com
Alex Glow || http://alexglow.com
Alice Giordani || www.smooth-wearable.com
Angela Sheehan || www.gellacraft.com
Audrey Briot || www.audreybriot.cool
Becky Stewart || http://theleadingzero.com/
Chelsea Hackitt || www.chelseahackett.com
Ingo Randolf || ingorandolf.info
Irene Posch || www.ireneposch.net
Lara Grant || lara-grant.com
Liza Stark || thesoftcircuiteer.net
Martin De Bie || martindebie.com
Nicole Messier || www.messiernicole.com
Pauline Vierne || https://pauline-vierne.squarespace.com/research/
Sam Topley || www.samantha-topley.co.uk
Sasha de Koninck || https://studiosdk.net/
Sophie Skach || www.sophieskach.com
Teresa Lamb || iamteresalamb.com