Joanna BerzowskaCA/QCConcordia University
Fashion and Art for Our Futures
Joanna Berzowska (she/her) is the founder and research director of XS Labs, a design research studio focussing on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments. Her research involves the development of enabling methods, materials, and technologies—through soft electronic circuits and composite fibers—as well as exploring the expressive potential of soft reactive structures. Her work has been shown in the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in NYC, the V&A in London, the Millenium Museum in Beijing, and many more. She was selected for the Maclean's Honour Roll as one of "thirty nine Canadians who make the world a better place to live in." She is also an industry consultant, most recently as the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal. She is an Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University and formerly served as Department Chair and as Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Fine Arts.