Professor Tilak Dias directs the activities of the Advanced Textiles Research Group and brings a unique background in electronics, textiles and electronic textiles to the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). He is leading the development of research in the fields of knitwear, technical textiles and smart textiles, to enhance NTU’s capacity to undertake internationally excellent research. Developments to date include wearable technologies for medical applications that include a vest for vital signs monitoring and gloves and socks for use in stroke rehabilitation. Professor Dias is also developing wearable electronic systems for the military and smart textiles for the automotive industry. He is motivated in his work by the possibilities of creating knowledge. Professor Dias has developed three novel core technology platforms, which have resulted in the formation of three spin out companies in the UK for their commercial exploitation. He has also published over 100 scientific papers in leading journals and conferences and is named as the lead inventor in 40 patents.
The internationally-known fashion house has been pushing the boundaries of wearable technology since its launch in 2004. In ten short years CuteCircuit has become the global leader in interactive fashion with iconic designs that have introduced many ground-breaking ideas to the fashion world by integrating beauty and functionality through the use of advanced technology within their designs. CuteCircuit is the first fashion label to seamlessly integrate fashion design with interactive technologies creating magical garments that look spectacular. CuteCircuit brings the fashion of the future into reality today. CuteCircuit is headquartered in Shoreditch, artistic heart of London, where Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz are the design duo behind all of CuteCircuit’s amazing creations. Francesca’s Italian heritage, design flair, and love of couture perfectly merge with Ryan’s all-American attitude towards Innovation. Inspired by the ground-breaking pioneers like Coco Chanel and Schiaparelli, CuteCircuit move fashion forward mixing innovation with couture techniques.
vHM Designfutures is a London based consultancy set up by Clive van Heerden and Jack Mama which specializes in the design of future lifestyle scenarios based on socio-cultural research and emerging technologies. Jack is Creative Director of vHM Designfutures, Studiomama and former Creative Director for Visioning and Probing at Electrolux and the Probes program at Philips Design. In these roles, he articulated the vision and design expression of ‘far-future’ research initiatives aimed at identifying long- term systemic shifts and anticipating changes in future lifestyles. Examples of probes projects include Electronic Tattoo, Emotional Sensing Dresses, and Microbial Home and Livable Cities. Clive has spent over twenty years exploring new product genres, innovation strategy and vision projects for a series of global technology companies that has culminated in pioneering approaches to research, product innovation and new business. Clive became the director of the ‘Soft Technologies’ activity at Philips Design in 1998. The same year he also started the Intelligent Fibres group, consisting of engineers, scientists, textile technologists and fashion designers. This experimental group pioneered wearable electronic and conductive textile solutions that led to Philips partnerships with companies like Levis and Nike. In 2012 he joined Electrolux in Stockholm as Director of Visioning and Probing before returning to vHM Designfutures in London earlier this year.
Tim Stonor is an architect and urban planner. He is an internationally respected expert in the analysis and design of human behaviour patterns in buildings and urban areas. His work explores how social, economic and environmental value is created by the movement, interaction and transaction of people in space. Tim advises public, private and community organisations worldwide. His approach combines robust analysis and visionary thinking. Tim is Managing Director of the strategic consulting firm Space Syntax Limited, which he founded in 1996. A director of The Academy of Urbanism, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, winner of the prestigious Harvard Loeb Fellowship and Advocate for the EPSRC, he is a Visiting Professor at University College London. He recently joined the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government’s Foresight project on The Future of Cities.
Deborah Davies has been an Artist in Residence since 2010 at The Centre for Creative Collaboration (C4CC), University of London where she is also part of the management team. In March 2014 Deborah moved to Berlin, Germany but still remains in the employ of C4CC splitting her time between the two cities. In Berlin she is working on a series of projects with an electronics soft/hardware engineer making interactive art. Installations include Luma Module, Burning Man 2013 art.actonstreet.com and StarWay Burning Man 2014 www.starwaybm.wordpress.com. Other projects include interactive toy www.stabbyman.com and light-up dresses www.actonstreet.com.
Lisa Talia Moretti
Lisa Talia Moretti has nearly eight years experience working as a strategist, editor and educator for over 30 major international brands including Starwood Hotels, Dulux, Grant Thornton and National Geographic. She is also the residential Digital Sociologist for Affect Lab, a non-profit foundation in Amsterdam and a visiting teacher for Goldsmiths College and Cardiff University. Lisa has a MSc Digital Sociology cum laude from Goldsmiths College. Her current research focus is information science and hyper-personal digital experiences.
Bushra Kelsey Burge
Bushra Kelsey Burge is a Bangladeshi-British artist-designer and lecturer whose work explores memory and personhood, bringing together art and science through the use of a range of traditional and new media, from couture to digital installation. She is currently developing an interactive costume for a cyber opera performance using light. Other projects include new work around 3D printed selfies with possible image recognition to trigger to related video which is a development of an earlier NFC project which explored the function of music as a trigger for an immersive sensory archive for older people. This previous project was formed through intergenerational, inter-cultural dialogue to create meaningful montages of video interviews with related songs and photos connected to personal objects through NFC triggers. She has a background in ethical fashion and sustainability and is extremely interested in art and design for social benefit. She holds an MA in Applied Imagination from Central Saint Martins, a BA in Fashion from the London College of Fashion, as well as an earlier BSc from Imperial College in Biochemistry, which enables her to bring a unique perspective and range of skills to her work.
Rain Ashford designs and constructs wearable technology, e-textiles and interactive artworks. She is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, where she is investigating the possibility that wearable technology can be used to augment new forms of non-verbal communication, particularly in the areas of body language and emotion, by the amplifying and visualising of physiological data. Previously she has studied Fine Art, Multimedia, and Electronics Engineering, which has led to her work developing as a convergence of art, programming and electronics.
Zowie works in the forefront of the art/fashion scene and is co-founder and designer of British fashion house Boudicca. Started in 1997 as a purely artistic expression, showing in art galleries and other exhibition spaces, the brand has since garnered international plaudits for its visionary approach to fashion. Boudicca’s innovative work eloquently yet disobediently explores the creative territories between and beyond the worlds of art and design. Boudicca first presented collections in London and New York, and became the first independent British fashion house to be invited as a guest member of the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2007. In 2012 they exhibited in Fashioning the Object at the Art Institute of Chicago and collaborated with filmmaker Mike Figgis at the Royal Opera House which lead to a solo show in London, where a new body of digital work was presented from the notable fellowship program at the Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University. Zowie has worked extensively with fashion education in institutions such as Westminster, Parsons The New School for Design in New York, SIAC in Chicago, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and the RCA. Between 2009 and 2011 she was Designer in Residence at London College of Fashion, a role that incorporated talks, lectures and research and most recently as Senior Researcher in Creative Practice. She was recently appointed Head of Fashion at the RCA.
Anna is a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University; specialising in weaving her research focuses on the design and production of garments constructed on and wearable from the loom, using hand and digital production techniques. Her research interests include traditional hand weaving practices, digital weaving techniques, sustainable and zero-waste design, embodied knowledge and design innovation.
Lynn is a textile designer and a weaver. Her work investigates the balance between fabric architecture, its properties and behaviour, and fabric aesthetics. Since her graduation from the Royal College of Art (MA, constructed textiles) Lynn has been working alongside sportswear, fashion, product and interior companies from her studio in East London. She is now undertaking her PhD research at P3i studio-lab in London (Northumbria University) where she develops new design methodologies for the creation of responsive ‘soft’ structure material systems.
Thomas is a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science and futures research, as well as communicating complex subjects in engaging ways. He graduated from the Royal College of Art Design Interactions MA in 2009, and have since undertaken a number of commissioned projects, including work on social trends, futures forecasting, biotechnology, the history and philosophy of science and bicycles.
Bruna is a Fashion & Textiles researcher with a BA from the University of São Paulo (USP). While working at the Institute for Technological Research of the State of São Paulo (IPT), she gained experience in R&D projects, quality control and manufacture of textiles and apparel. In research, the collaboration with the project ‘Digital Sensoria: design through digital perceptual experience’, as a visiting fellow to London College of Fashion, unfolded in her current PhD research at the Royal College of Art. Her research occasionally extended in collaborations that resulted in the design of costumes, fashion editorials and conceptual writing. She is also a collaborator of the creative collective &Co. in São Paulo, Brazil.
Raymond is a chemical engineer with 20 years expertise through a variety of senior research and technology management posts in a global chemicals and materials company. He is currently a Professor at Northumbria University, Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow at the Institute of Chemical Engineering, and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art (Active and Interactive Materials). He has published books on the topic of Granulation and Nanocomposites, as well as a forthcoming publication on Future Ways of Living: the Convergence of Materials, Design and Informatics. His current research interests are electro photo bio active polymers, and applications in ambient intelligence, portable power, printable light and organic printed sensors using conductive polymers.
I am an interdisciplinary practice-led researcher and educator, a contemporary jeweller working in tangible HCI and interaction design. My interests include the craft and design of wearable technology, and the user experience and epistemology of (smart) textile design practices. As PI on the EPSRC project An Internet of Soft Things, I lead a multidisciplinary team in interrogating design methodologies for mental wellbeing.
Mathew Trivett is a producer specialising in interdisciplinary and practice-led research with artists, designers, technologists and educators. His work focuses on critical innovation, human-centred design and network cultures. He founded and leads on Broadway’s Near Now programme in Nottingham, supported by Arts Council England. Through Near Now, Broadway commissions projects and new work with world leading artists and engages in research activities that explore the place and impact of technology in everyday life.