Sarah is currently fabricating, researching and engineering materials as a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media group. She is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Design’s MDes program, where she concentrated in Ecologies. She was recently a teaching fellow at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for the design engineering studio Sustainable Textile Ecologies. Before that, she graduated from the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program, where she received a B.F.A. in Textile Design from Rhode Island School of Design and an Sc.B. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University.
Her work focuses on textiles, material ecology, and human-computer interaction. She is interested in better understanding the relationship between textiles, architectures, and the environment. Spanning from theory to fabrication, her practice works across scales to envision how material systems may be leveraged for a better future.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Venice Biennale The Laboratory of the Future and Harvard GSD’s The Book in the Age of. At Harvard, she was a Community Service Fellow at IDEO.org and the recipient of the 7th Annual MDes Project Research & Development Award. At Brown, her research was supported through the Guiliano Global Fellowship, the Linda Pei Research Award, the Undergraduate Research and Teaching Award, and the Science Center Fellowship. She is a YoungArts alumni and has received multiple creative grants from the National YoungArts Foundation for her practice. Outside of her studies, she has worked in biotechnology to develop responsive materials for wearable and architectural applications.
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