Giulia Tomasello (Italy/UK)

About the artst

Female Designer specialised in wearable technology, biotechnology and material finishes.

Giulia Tomasello is an Interaction Designer and Researcher based in Nottingham, with a background in product-social design and a Master in material innovation. These past years she has been investigating the potential of biotechnology and living materials, proposing a biological and sustainable alternative for electronic textiles. She considers herself a maker and explorer, using materiality to question and communicate the boundaries between technology and our bodies.

As a designer, she aims to raise awareness, to expose assumptions, provoke actions and to spark critical debates. By researching and developing smart materials, and wearable computing propositions, Giulia questions our notions of wellbeing by developing innovative tools in the intersection of medical and social sciences. These intersections are enabled by her multidisciplinary collaborations and the symbiosis between her creative and scientific work, generating knowledge exchange and social integrations in healthcare.

By designing alternative scenarios and acting as creative thinker, Giulia uses material research as a personal drive, to develop experimental work and expose challenges as a driving force for modern societies.

Currently Reserach Assistant in Interactive Wearables at the Nottingham Trent University, where she is researching and developing an innovative centre based on textiles and interactive wearables.

Guest Lecturer at the Nottingham Trent University, where she is running a series of workshops designed to learn basics of Arduino coding, soft wearables and electronic textiles prototyping, and the exploration of biological textiles. Look Codedbodies.

Exhibited works

Bio Conductive Skin

Technology is getting closer and closer to our skin.’ Bio Conductive Skin is a speculative design project where biotechnology and textiles are fusing together to create innovative materials. The project was developed at the beginning of my second year MA at Central Saint Martins, London.

“Bio Conductive Skin” was the initial proposal for my thesis project, at the MA Material Futures course. The concept development and experimentations lasted for only 6 months, where the lack of research, time and expert mentorship, helped to the failure of the project.