International Workshop DESIGN (DIS)ABILITY

Selected participants


The public call for designers and engineers to participate in DESIGN (DIS)ABILITY, an international collaborative workshop focused on design, disabilities and assistive technology, resulted in 28 highly motivated applications from 11 countries. We are happy to announce 10 selected participants! 
The workshop, organized by the RogLab production center in Slovenia and Open Style Lab from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will take place March 30–April 3, 2015, in Ljubljana.

Evrim Büyükaslan (TR)
She holds a master’s degree in Polymer Science and Technology. Currently, she is doing her PhD studies in Textile Engineering focused on 3D body scanning and representation of garments and fabrics in virtual environments. She works as a research assistant in Istanbul Bilgi University’s Fashion Design Department. She has worked for Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and the Li-Fung Production Offices in Turkey.

Hedvig af Ekenstam (SE/SI)
With a focus in material textiles, Hedvig af Ekenstam currently works as a designer and developer at Hedra, a Swedish brand specialized in garments for elderly and people with special needs. She graduated from Konstfack, Industrial Design Program, in Stockholm, Sweden in 2008.

Levi Goldman (US)
Levi is a PhD candidate in Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His research is in design, wearable technology, medical advertising and disability, with a focus on prosthetics mechatronic design.

Maria Mullane (GB)
Maria Mullane is specialised in Product Design with a Platform called “Task at Hand”. She aims to challenge, through Co-Design Facilitation workshops, how society looks at both Physical and Cognitive ability and how we adapt to change over time. She also works as a Product Design Lecturer and Tutor in several art schools in Great Britain.

Magdalena Orasche (AT/DE)
Magdalena studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at IADE Lisbon. Currently, she works as an industrial designer at Aptar, Freyung in Germany. Her interest is in how to produce niche products for individuals on an industrial level.

Andrius Pukys (LT)

An MSc graduate in Fashion Engineering at Kaunas University of Technology, Andrius is currently working in the clothing manufacturing industry. He has a particular interest in clothing that is related to spatial mobility, identity and highly specialized garments or clothing systems.

Maja Šimunović (HR)
Maja is a graduate of the University of Textile and Technologies in Zagreb. As a designer and design department head, she has worked for the biggest fashion brands in the country. She is a co-founder of the fashion brand Roba and a member of the Croatian Design Society.

Dejan Tašner (SI)
An orthotics and prosthetics engineer, researcher and entrepreneur, Dejan also holds an MS in Management and Economics in Health Care from the Ljubljana Faculty of Economics. He is the director of the company Orthopedic Engineering in Slovenia. He is passionate about developing user-centred products.

Jensin Elaine Wallace (US)
The intersection of technology and fashion is collaborative space where beauty and purpose collide. Jensin uses her creativity to design and develop experimental textiles that mix traditional craft with new technologies. She holds an MA from the School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) within the University of Cincinnati.

Petja Zorec (SI)
A fashion designer focused on the demands of everyday life and menswear, she currently works as an assistant professor at the Ljubljana Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering and runs her own label. She won first prize in the international RogLab design contest DESIGN (DIS)ABILITY. She is a member of SQUAT society.