I am a textile & material designer and researcher, currently based between Uruguay and Iceland. I was born and raised in Uruguay, and over the past two decades I have developed my professional and academic experience in Spain, Germany, and the UK.
I specialise in experimental design of textiles and materials, with a focus on responsive and active soft technologies. My work emphasises the creative and productive potential inherent to all forms of matter by exploring emergent properties that enrich the aesthetic and functional vocabulary of materials.
I hold a Ph.D. in Textiles from the Royal College of Art, London; an M.Sc. in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media from Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona; and B.A.s in Textile Design from ESDi School of Design, Barcelona, and Graphic Design from ORT University, Montevideo.
I have previously worked on research and development of electronic textiles at CETEMMSA Technology Centre, Barcelona (now EURECAT), colour and material innovation for automotive interiors at Johnson Controls – Automotive Experience, Burscheid (now Adient), researched the effects of colour on emotional states in mixed-reality environments at SPECS Research Group, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (now SPECS-Lab at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia), and lectured in textiles and smart materials at various universities in Europe.
My work has been published, presented and exhibited internationally; and has been awarded prizes by the Miquel Mas Molas Foundation and the Institute for Catalan Studies, Barcelona, a development grant from FAD incubator (Fostering Arts and Design), Barcelona, and has been funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (EU Horizon 2020), and the Uruguayan research and innovation agency (ANII) and the Inter-American Development Bank innovation laboratory (IDB Lab).
I currently consult in research and development of advance materials and textiles and participate in collaborative projects that seek to expand conventional expectations about the capacities of materials.