Pauline van Dongen
Pauline van Dongen is a Dutch fashion designer specialising in wearable technology. Within her studio that was established in 2010, she researches the concepts of change, movement, energy and perception, or the human body in relation to its surroundings. By adding new value and meaning to fashion with the use of technology, her work aims to naturalise technology to enhance human senses and experiences, and the way humans interact with their surroundings. Besides collaboration projects with a variety of partners, she carries out research, teaching and sales of her own designs.
Ricardo O´Nascimento is a Brazilian designer located in Rotterdam, Holland, who is investigating body-environment relationships, with a focus on developing interfaces for wearables, interactive installations and hybrid environments. He aims to transform the way humans communicate with each other and their surroundings to challenge and enhance human perception. Within his design research studio POPKALAB, he focuses on innovation of wearables, specialising on electronic textiles and reactive garments. The studio offers their partners and customers ideation sessions, prototype development and workshops for those interested in wearables on different levels.
Suzi Webster is a researcher and a new media installation artist exploring the body-technology relationship, more specifically the ways in which technologies impact and shape human experiences. With more than a decade long background and experience with fashion-tech, she has been involved with education in the field, besides her work as a researcher and an artist. Her focus is on wearables, particularly on soft and flexible electronics that can be woven into textiles. The aim of her work is to investigate the intersections between art and design, fashion and technology, sculpture and performance, public and private, by creating work that is collaborative, responsive and dynamic.
Kristi Kuusk is an Estonian designer and researcher who aims to find new ways to create more sustainable textiles and fashion by implementing technology, and focusing on the direction of crafting sustainable smart textile services. With a PhD in craft and sustainability qualities in smart textile services, her collaborative design projects have been presented at a variety of international exhibitions, shows and conferences. Among others, her projects have investigated topics such as sensing and actuating e-textiles for altering self-perception through the garment´s inside, and storytelling through traditional high-quality textiles and augmented reality. As an associate professor and researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts, her focus is on exploring the Textile Futures.