I am an (interaction) designer and crafter, currently working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology at the department of Media Technology and Interaction Design as a researcher in the Implicit Interactions project, and a teacher assistant.
I received my PhD degree in January 2018, at KTH and at the Mobile Life VINNOVA Excellence research centre in Stockholm, Sweden. My dissertation is titled "Making Preciousness: Interaction Design Through Studio Crafts". It explores value-creation in interaction design through practical collaborations with studio craftspersons. A focus is on the meaning of “preciousness” from a design perspective – what I refer to as Making Preciousness – which highlights aspects of material properties, design processes, and the attitude to the design space. Theoretically, the work takes inspiration from the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which is based on the fact that things are impermanent, incomplete,and imperfect. This reflects a view of preciousness beyond notions ofpractical use, luxury or monetary cost. In addition to theoretical studies, I engaged in practice-based research at the intersection of interaction design and studio crafts, in the domains of leather, silversmith and textile crafting.
As part of the Interaction Design group at KTH and the Arts & Crafts project at Mobile Life, I have been involved in projects related to crafting practices including physical and computational materials. Mainly through a practice-based, process oriented and explorative research pespective I am combining materials, exploring their properties, learn about circuit boards and microcontrollers and question future directions of interactions with computation, digital craftsmanship and the design of interactive artefacts. .
Working at the intersection of interaction design, crafting and materiality, my research interests include hybrid and digital craftsmanship, critical views on making interactive artefacts and experential properties of interaction. Additionally, I like to work with leather, copper, wood and textiles combined with electronics, and explore the intersection of high-tech making with traditional craftsmanship. My approach to materiality extends to the performative aspects of crafting or interacting with technological artefacts, but also to the intersection of distinct crafting practices such as interaction design and silversmithing. Finally I am studying -both theoretically and practically- concepts such as impermanence, longevity, obsolescence and preciousness, in contemporary computing.
Before I started the Ph.D. in November 2012, I was working at the HyperWerk Institute for Post Industrial Design, at the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland, as a design assistant in the motoco project. In 2011 I graduated from the Aegean University in Greece, from the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, located in Hermoupolis, Syros island. This was a Diplom degree, including a five-year study curriculum. During my studies in Syros, I spent six months at Weissensee School of the Arts, at the department of Textile and Surface Design, in Berlin and six months at Köln International School of Design (KISD), in Cologne, after receiving an Erasmus Scholarship. I have also lived in London and Copenhagen.
Some of my personal interests outside research and design include: contact improvisation and contemporary dance, aerial acrobatics, sailing, photography and making painting with collages, yarns and mixed media.
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