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Im a London-based designer specialising in research and development for the textile industry. Following my fashion design BA in Milan I graduated from an MA in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. This multidisciplinary course taught me research driven design that lead to observing and analysing social, political and economic trends to inform future, sustainable design applications. Fascinated by craft I worked with a remote Peruvian weaving community for her final MA project before undertaking the the Common Thread residency for the British Council. Co- founder of Ode to Artisans.
ODE TO A believes that cultural exchange and collaboration form the quest to safeguard traditional skills and craftsmanship. Achieving this by providing design tools to remote communities in order for local artisans to innovate and become aware of global trends and markets. As Designer and Co-founder I was responsible of overall design, branding, art directions, marketing, communication, overseeing of production. Subsequently next to handling orders, financial overviews and monthly meetings with investors.
In charge of research on diverse projects including - product and colour trend research for designers that Nest partners with as well as reaching out to artisans and communities that could be involved in the Nest program.
Invited by British Council Thailand to talk about craft and design - As well as join a discussion panel with Nathan Williams, Editor in Chief & Creative Director of Kinfolk.
Chosen to exhibit under the theme ‘Expanded Boundaries’ with my graduate project ‘Made in Patacancha’. Keynote speaker about this project during LDF at the Lethaby Gallery.
During the first Anou / British Council residency I lived with Anou artisans in the Atlas Mountains, collaborating on new designs and approaches based on the Amazigh’s traditional weaving techniques. Over a one-month period I worked with six artisans to create the Common Thread collection, a series of bespoke hand woven rugs inspired by the Berber’s heritage, surroundings and personal stories.Through exchanging stories and knowledge, six-limited edition contemporary rugs have been created that each celebrate and draw inspiration from the artisan’s own culture and personal background.These rugs also form the basis of an exhibition that was shown at Design Junction during the London Design Festival 2014.
Part of the TED x Amsterdam Woman discussion panel to share ODE TO A
To start up ODE TO A, my business partner and I launched a one month long Kickstarter campaign that was successfully funded on the 1st of March.
Top 3 of a competition chosen to develop a concept and trend analysis for one of Nissans biggest developing markets located in Nairobi. Project focused on the future of transport in its broadest sense in this important developing African city.
2nd place Design award - With the project