Physical Bodies and Virtual Spaces
A collection of work that explores textiles as mediators between our physical bodies and virtual spaces. It includes embroidered sensors, knitted interfaces, crocheted imagined environments, woven memories or fully virtual fabrics. The selected projects demonstrate the cohort’s strong technical skills; whether in the innovative use of colour, material and pattern in creating digital, yet tactile interfaces; or in the deep material knowledge applied in the construction of virtual environments.
Alma is innovation manager at the Crafts Council (UK). In her role, she develops innovation initiatives showcasing and creating opportunities for makers working in the intersections of craft, science, technology and engineering. She explores developments in materials, processes and technologies in craft practice, advocates the value of making skills in other industries and manages projects that encourage cross-sector collaboration. She also represents the Crafts Council on the Materials and Design Exchange resource network (the partnership includes the Royal College of Art) that connects material science, design and making in academia and industry.
Coming from a design practice background, she completed an MA in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University and the Design Museum. Following this she has worked in curatorial roles and managing creative programmes for the Crafts Council, the Design Museum, Brompton Design District and The New Craftsmen developing and delivering a wide variety of exhibitions and events including Make:Shift, Build Your Own, Designs of the Year 2013, the Brompton Pitch, and Design Road Professional Dubai.