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…

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…

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…

PeclersParis – Shaping the Future

Jennifer Karuletwa, West Coast Director of PeclersParis, shared a 3-5 year outlook of socio-cultural and macro trends, entitled “Shaping the Future” at the NW Materials Show in Portland, Oregon. PeclersParis, is a globally leading trend, style and innovation consulting agency with over 45 years of experience. Karuletwa first provided an overview…

Designing with Textiles

It was my pleasure to present to an engaged audience at the Trend + Design Center, at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ’16. My presentation, entitled “Designing with Textiles”, explored ways that innovation and sustainability are integrated into the design process. The audience was inspired to hear about my experiences and about the tools…

Raising the Bar of Excellence

Over 400 professionals, academia and entrepreneurs joined together to elevate Brazil’s textile sector within the global arena.  Experts across the industry provided perspectives on a broad range of topics including Internationalization, Retail, Successful Partnerships, Materials Innovation, Process Innovation, and New Business Models. A strategic commitment to the textile sector was emphasized by Rafael Cervone,…