I was bottom of the class in science. Hated it. Went to art school to do something I loved. But my passion for fashion waned after several years on the unrewarding treadmill of commerciality. Now I find I've gone full circle - rediscovering radical creativity by engaging with science. An unconventional journey like so many other Tedsters I suspect...
TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TED2011
Areas of Expertise
Fashion and Textile design, Design and Science collaboration, Visioneering new technology for fashion, Wearable technology, Biomaterials
An idea worth spreading
We need to rethink future materials. As pressure on natural resources intensifies research is re-examining the use of microorganisms to produce fibres. Previously unable to compete with cheap oil-derived synthetics, cotton or even leather, bacterially produced cellulose has the potential to step up as a sustainable environmentally-friendly alternative.
Microorganisms can efficiently produce only what we need using waste streams for nutrient and biodegrade safely at end of life.
Advances in biotechnology enable us to imagine an optimised bacterium engineered to give us the exact performance qualities we desire. I'd like to say to a future bug, 'Spin me a thread, align it in this direction, make it hydrophobic and form this 3D shape'.
I'm passionate about
designing from the bottom up, sustainable materials, future craft, style, artisanry, Mexico
Talk to me about
telling stories, how to have a conversation with a scientist, making beautiful things people will cherish, venturing into unknown territory, reinventing indigenous craft through contemporary design
My TED story
continues...I'm thrilled to have been made a Senior Fellow and look forward to the new interactions this year will bring