I adore obsessively researched, meticulously put together products that do what they are supposed to do. From studying anatomy to making patterns and finding fabrics with the right technical properties, I love knowing all the ins and outs of exactly why things work and how to make them better. Because if it doesn’t work, it’s just silly, isn’t it?
I’m fascinated by the possibilities of fabric and soft goods design. Many industrial designers shy away from fabric because it can be finicky and unpredictable, but things can be achieved in fabric that can’t be done in any other material! It conforms to the body, it stretches and moves with you, it breathes. It can be tough, or delicate. It can have such structure, but it can be amazingly soft. Fabric can be stitched, formed, rf welded, and bonded. It’s amazing stuff, and I study it constantly in the hopes of realizing those astounding possibilities in this neglected area of design.
Design & Prototyping
Constructing functional prototypes throughout the process for immediate feedback and modification
There can be many hidden pitfalls in soft goods design.
Fabric does not behave like plastic – it has its own rules! Seam type and finish, thread type, grainline, and pattern design can completely change the outcome of a product. I’ve spent over ten years studying the behavior of fabric and finishes, as well as its interaction with the body in order to predict and avoid these possible hazards.
Pairing industrial design training with knowledge of fabric, pattern making and apparel construction allows me to make connections other designers who are versed in only one of these areas might miss.
AREAS OF STUDY
I'm inspired by the intersection of these areas of design and technology, and always working to learn more.
Years collaborating with doctors, physical therapists and athletes has given me a unique perspective into the needs of both professional and consumer, as well as an understanding of the product landscape and specific challenges associated with designing athletic and therapeutic products.
To achieve a successful outcome, sewn prototypes must be tested in fabric, and fabric that is as close as possible in weight, thickness, stretch and recovery to the final fabric.
Seam finishes must be accurate, and industrial machines achieve the best results. 3D printed models allow fit testing throughout the process and a clear observation of anatomical landmarks and fit issues.
To that end, I have put together a sewn product prototyping shop, and maintain a large fabric, interlinings, hardware, and notions library. These enable me to achieve these quick, working prototypes to provide feedback throughout the process and achieve a result that translates accurately into fabric.