Meet our 2016 MakeFashion Curators

As we prepare for our fourth year of MakeFashion, we’re introducing a panel of acclaimed experts to curate our 2016 projects. We’re excited to be working with an esteemed panel of internationally recognized artists, makers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs.

This year we received over 20 project proposals. Our curator panel will be judging entries based on design, originality, and technical innovation. Selected projects will be funded by MakeFashion for our March 2016 runway show and traveling events. We are looking forward to announcing our projects to you in mid-September!

Liza Kindred

Liza Kindred is the founder of fashion tech think tank Third Wave Fashion, and editor of Third Wave Magazine–the world’s first print magazine dedicated to fashion tech and wearables. She is the author of The Third Wave of Commerce: How We Buy Now (O’Reilly, 2015) and the co-author of a book about designing for wearable tech and connected devices, out in spring 2016. She speaks globally about how we can design wearable tech that makes us better, more connected humans. Clients and partners include technology companies like Cisco and Vodafone, and fashion brands like Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman. She lives in Brooklyn and can be found on Twitter @LizaK.

Dr. Patrica Flanagan

Dr. Patricia Flanagan has been exhibiting internationally since the mid 1990’s.  She is the winner of four CASP funded Public Art commissions; recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award and winner of the Max Fabre Foundation Award for Environmental Awareness. She serves on the programming committee for Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU) in the context of Human Computer Interaction International (HCII), where she chairs a regular session on Haptic Interfaces and Wearables. She is the founder of on-going experimental research initiatives: the Peripatetic Institute for Praxiology and Anthropology (PIPIA) and Haptic InterFace (HIF). Flanagan established the Wearables Lab at the Academy of Visual Art at Hong Kong Baptist University in where she currently works as Assistant Professor.

Janet Galore

Janet Galore is a veteran designer, artist, and creative director working in emerging technologies and applications. She’s known for her work in video games and VR, as animator and director of the surreal cult-classic series FishBar, as a curator, and as author and contributor to several books on Flash animation. Janet is currently a creative director at Amazon working on future user experiences (when she’s not making silly and disturbing artwork).

Jeff de Boer

After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1988, Jeff de Boer went on to establish an international reputation for creating some of the most unique and highly crafted sculpture in the world.  Best know for his authentic museum-quality suits of armor for cats and mice, he has also developed armor ties for executives, an abstract series called “Exoforms”, and space art, such as ray guns, rocket mice, and retro rocket lamps.  

In the past fifteen years, Jeff has also been able to bring high quality to large-scale public works, creating iconic sculptures such as a barbed wire bucking bronco, giant wind-up tin toys, sculptures incorporating LED technologies, and more. An artist, teacher, philosopher, designer, mentor and businessman, Jeff believes that artists can be more than just artists:  they can be innovators, leaders, presidents and CEOs.

Recently Jeff founded the LEXM guild, “The League of Extraordinary Makers”, a collaborative organization of like-minded individuals who have a mission to change culture through art, industry and technology.

Zoe Ho

Zoe has many sparkling ideas, and enjoys making them fulfilled.

Ripple Maker in @SEEED Studio, to leverage maximum on the knowledge and insight, instead of being stringent by the resources, talent, space or location – any opportunity that can spice up the maker movement would be of her interest. Our vision is to make technology accessible to everyone.

Her previous experiences are mostly related to sharism: Mobile Internet, Data Mining, Event Curation(Such as TEDx, StartupWeekend), Social Innovation.

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