Miranda SmitheramNZ/QCConcordia University
Fashion and Art for Our Futures
Miranda Smitheram (she/her) is a design researcher, artist, and educator. Smitheram’s creative practice is tactile and embodied, and incorporates ancestral and contemporary methods to work with socio-cultural matters and nonhuman collaborators. This was explored in depth during her recent Maori Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Auckland University of Technology (Phenomenal Dress, 2017-19). Through research-creation and philosophical inquiry, Smitheram develops new hybrid materials to contribute to sustainable, relational, and Indigenous futures. As Assistant Professor of Material Futures at Concordia University, Smitheram’s current research focuses on decolonizing matter. Through unraveling ontologies and kinship of invasive plant species, she frames possibilities of rematerializing these unwanted invaders through soft surface and textile forms to propose slow, local responses through materiality. Smitheram comes from an award-winning industry background in fashion and textile design. She holds a Master of Design degree, a Master of Philosophy, with first class honours, and a Doctorate in Creative Technologies/Fine Arts. Smitheram has exhibited artworks and presented research internationally.