The Curiosity Studio is a design research and residency programme at The Festival of Curiosity supported by Science Foundation Ireland. In 2017 we launched a new experimental and interdisciplinary development strand that will support artists and designers who are curious about exploring cutting edge technology, science and design within their creative practice.
The Curiosity Studio’s inaugural call in 2017 future/fashion* sought applications specifically from fashion designers who were curious to explore, learn, work with and respond to cutting edge technology and science within their designs and practice. The 2017 designers in residence were provided with studio space, financial support and equipment along with an intensive mentoring programme from a team of international engineers and scientists and workshops in journalism, media, diversity, business and creative entrepreneurship.
A fusion of technology, design and fashion we were thrilled to create the very first future/fashion design residency and awards in Ireland at our Curiosity Studio. After an open call early in 2017 six of Ireland’s most innovative fashion designers were chosen as designers in residence to explore, work with and merge cutting edge technology and science with their fashion design and creative practice. Working with engineers and designers from Canada (MakeFashion), the UK and Ireland the 2017 designers in residence were tasked with the theme of Illuminations, from Darkness to Light.
2017 Design Awards
Ally Nolan (Overall Winner)
Queen of the Night
Curiosity Studio 2017 future/fashion Design Award
Category Winner: Most Creative Use of Technology
‘Contact / Comfort’
Category Winner: Most Unique Concept
Category Winner: Best Use of Materials
Maureen Selina Laverty
‘Where’s my Arm Hole / My Head’s Stuck’
Category Winner: Best Design Process
Category Winner: Most Challenging Concept
Dearbhla O’ Beirne
Category Winner: Best Interpretation of Theme
Meet the Designers
Ally Nolan has recently completed a Joint Major in Fashion Design & History of Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
Her recent collection, titled MANCHINE, explores the relationship between man and machine in an increasingly automated world.
She currently splits her time between continuing her studies at Trinity College Dublin in the Irish Art History Masters Programme and designing her new collection, which will continue to explore how new technologies can be embraced, enhance and be integrated into fashion design.
Maureen graduated from NCAD in Fashion Design in 2007, where she developed a love of creating interesting structures, interactions & aesthetics. She then moved to London for 4 years, starting her career with Alexander McQueen, before moving to Savile Row, where she learned beautiful luxury apparel construction techniques.
Motivated to use these skills in a more meaningful way, she returned to Ireland to work with wearable medical devices for a further 4 years. Firstly, for Bio-medical Research Ltd, as part of a multi-disciplinary R&D team, developing anatomy specific electro-stimulation apparel. She then joined an interdisciplinary start-up, FastForm Research, where we developed a range of disruptive smart orthopedic products.
She frequently participated in workshops at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and FabLab Limerick, where she worked on a range of experimental collaborative projects integrating fabrics, stitching, digital fabrication & interactive electronics.
She is currently studying for a Masters in Product Design Engineering at the University of Glasgow & Glasgow School of Art.
Rebecca Marsden is an award winning fashion designer who specialises in combining innovative textiles with contemporary silhouettes. Having graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design she returned to the west of Ireland to set up her own design studio.
Inspiration for her collections combines linear and architectural elements with textures and colour found in exploring surrounding woods, coastal areas and places travelled.
Rebecca has worked with designers, in London, Paris and New Delhi. Over the years her work has featured as part of Brown Thomas Create project and has won numerous awards. Along with exhibiting in Ireland, her work has been shown in the UK and Milan.
Danielle went to college as a mature student at the age of 24 and graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design with a BA Honours Degree in Fashion Design.
As part of her final year she created a six-piece collection inspired by ‘The First Bionic Women’. She collaborated with a computer programmer and each garment had a mix of non-addressable and addressable LED Lights.
Since college she has worked in retail and in the film industry. She is currently working on a ready to wear collection which will soon be on sale in Dublin City.
Her dream job would be to work for a fashion technology company to create wearable technology that would help improve people’s lives.
Dearbhla O Beirne
Dearbhla O Beirne is a Dublin based designer. Having graduated from NCAD in 2012, she has worked in both Ireland and the US with contemporary designers such as Zana Bayne, Julia Jentzsch and Alison Conneely.
Most recently she joined the costume team for the AMC television series Into the Badlands.
In the past year she launched her own jewellery and accessory label, Dearbhla BjØrn, and has worked with Irish artists including Loah and Bad Bones to create custom stage wear.
Róisín is a recent graduate from the National College of Art & Design has just completed a BA Hons in textile design embroidery
She was awarded the Future Makers ‘Pushing the Limits’ award 2016 for her ‘radical use of textiles and unique fabric manipulation techniques to create original silhouettes around the body’ by the Design Council of Ireland. Her collection, ‘Man Repellent’, stemmed from research into the male gaze and how women may subvert this by emphasising the perceived negative aspects of their bodies and creating sculptures that magnify these traits.
Her designs have been featured in online and print publications, including Vogue Italia, Ballad of.. Magazine, Sucre Magazine, Image Magazine and The Sunday Times.
2017 Studio Mentors
Ellen Byrne (@Curiosity Studio)
Catherine Larose (@MakeFashion Canada)
Kelly Hoffer (@MakeFashion Canada)
Diane Gibson (@MakeFashion Canada)
Aaron Heffernan (@RTE)
Kristina Dimitrova (@INTERLACED)
Prof. Linda Doyle (@CONNECT)
Dermot Casey (@NDRC)
Kenzie Housego (@MakeFashion Canada)
Lindy Wilkins (@MakeFashion Canada)