This two-day textile workshop will expose participants to the principles and processes of wearable technology and allow them to develop concepts and designs that address practical solutions for nightlife safety. A fun way to think and work through the themes discussed over the week while experimenting with a variety of materials including LEDs, arduino, thrifted and recycled fabric. Led by designer developer Wanda Nyairo and artist researcher Mukhtara Yusuf.
This event will be postponed due to current Covid-19 restrictions. We will inform about the new dates in early 2022.
Wanda Nyairo is a Kenyan designer/developer currently based in New York City. Having spent most of her life living between different cities--Eldoret, Nairobi, Ottawa, Los Angeles, and now New York City--Wanda has always been fascinated by the production, consumption, and evolution of culture and the role that media and technology play in these processes. Wanda holds a BA in Design | Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MS in Integrated Digital Media from New York University. Through these programs, Wanda was able to immerse herself in the study of media ecology, as well as experiment with and examine emerging technologies in order to explore their mechanics and their socio-political implications. Presently, Wanda is working as a Product Designer in the finance industry.
Mukhtara Ayọ̀tẹ́jú Adékúnbi Yusuf (they/them) is an indigenous Yoruba from what is now Southwestern Nigeria. Mukhtara's practice explores indigenous healing at multiple scales. They hold a BA from Dartmouth College, an MA in Communications and Media from UCSD and an MFA in Design from UT Austin. Mukhtara is the founder of ILE (ee-leh) laboratory, an Ibadan based ecological design laboratory focused on Yoruba material knowledge and healing. They are currently a Rose Enterprise Affordable Housing Artist Fellow, a Coding Resistance Fellow with Futuress.org, and a lab member of CLEAR Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research, a feminist anti-colonial science laboratory.