Look to Space for Answers

Technology “Look to space technologies for solutions on earth” said Paul Poelmans, a Technology Transfer Manager at Verhaert in Belgium. Poelmans shared with the audience about how Verhaert, as a broker of technology, utilizing their incubation centers to adapt solutions from space - for here on earth. “Innovation is found at the…

Storytelling with Materials

It was a pleasure to be featured in the Trendsetter section of Textile Insight's May/June issue. I shared with Textile Insight's Contributing Editor, Sue Belcher, about the use of storytelling as an important way for our industry to learn about materials. Storytelling offers hope and possibilities for consumers, and is a way for brands…

Design in Orbit

Living in Space The ‘Living in Space’ exhibit at Techtextil in Frankfurt offered many innovative ideas for our future life in space. The 'Design in Orbit' display showcased new concepts from an international group of designers. Their ideas were imaginative, exploring how textiles may help realize future space travel - from…

Inspired in Brussels

The Grand Place, or "Grote Markt" in Dutch, is the central square of Brussels and considered to be the most beautiful square in Europe. I discovered that this distinctive setting encapsules the beauty of Brussels. With guidance of my former colleague, Marie-Laurence Stevigny, I discovered the elegance and ingenuity of Brussels…

Space Suit Design

Amy Ross, Space Suit Engineer at NASA, captivated the audience at Struktur Design Conference 2017. Ross leads the Advanced Pressure Garment Technology team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  With 25 years of experience at NASA, Ross shared an engaging history of space suit design. Design Approach Space suit design process begins…

Handshake with a Robot

Technical textiles may make the settlement of Mars and the conquering of space a possibility in the future. The ‘Living in Space’ exhibit at Techtextil in Frankfurt this month helped attendees to imagine a new future through various fascinating experiences. Challenge “Many tasks simply cannot be performed by astronauts because…

The Wisdom of Design

An enthused audience visited Portland, Oregon (a.k.a. the “City of Coffee”) for the Struktur Event, which took place during Design Week Portland.  Here are a few highlights from the 3-day design conference tailored for the outdoor, active, and urban design community.  The main stage had a plethora of keynote speakers that…

Macro Trends + Material Trends

Design Week Portland, which spans a full week in late April, is a “city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines.”  This year I presented at Struktur, a 3-day conference held during Design Week, a venue for the outdoor, active, and urban design…

The Art of Apparel Making

I had the privilege to partner with the University of Oregon and deliver a Materials presentation to industry professionals brands such as Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Vans, and Intel.  The workshop entitled “The Art of Sports Apparel Making,” was organized by the University of Oregon Sports Product Management program.  John Notar…

Signs of Spring: SS18 Color & Trend

As the record snowfall begins to melt in Oregon…signs of spring are finally here!  Therefore, it’s only appropriate that I share some interesting content from Premiere Vision that recently took place in New York City. Following are highlights from Sabine Le Chatelier’s SS18 presentation. Also included are details from other…
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