Concept Designer - Sustainable Material Explorer - Design Researcher.
In an ever changing world, now so predominantly shaped by humans, Elissa Brunato explores where human demands meet wider ecological systems. She designs along the emergence of new technologies and scientific developments, curious how these may influence the human experience.
Intrigued by material and surface tactility, Elissa Brunato previously worked in Embroidery Design / Production, both for Ready-to-Wear and Haute Couture studios. During this period, projects also took her to work in production sites and artisanal workshops in India, China and Italy, where she gained first-hand experience of the global environmental implications that distantly taken design choices can have. She gained an understanding of how materials travel through disjointed and often fragmented supply chains, and saw how craft practices and local landscapes are affected by industrial pressures.
Such observations drove Elissa to interrupt her career within the industry and allow time to study the material landscape that our future could hold. In 2019, she completed her Masters in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins.
Based in London, experimental material research and interdisciplinary engagement shape Elissa’s practice today.
Amongst other achievements, Elissa’s work has been recognised by the LVMH group winning the Green Trail Prize. She won the Mills Fabric Material Innovation Prize, a residency at the Mill’s Fabrica Innovation lab in Hong Kong, the MullenLowe NOVA Creative Innovation Award, and was a finalist in the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize, NY.
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Dezeen's top 10 innovative materials of 2019
Hole & Corner (print)
Evening Standard "Sustainable Sequins"
Disegno Daily Podcast
Central Saint Martins "Designing Alternatives"
Evening Standard "The Future of Fashion"
Ellen McArthur Foundation, Circular Design Videos
The Mills Fabrica Residency Hong Kong
Now / Upcoming:
2020 March - Speaker at Design Indaba Conference, Cape Town, SA
Past Exhibitions | Events:
2020 Jan - 'Future Fabrics Expo, Innovation Hub' The Sustainable Angle, UK
2020 Jan - ‘Depictions Of Living’, Art Pavilion, UK
2019 Dec - Biofabricate Summit, Design Lab, UK
2019 Nov - ‘Global Grad Show’, Dubai Design Week, AE
2019 Oct - ‘United Matters’, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL
2019 Sep/Oct - ‘Designing in Turbulent Times’, Lethaby Gallery, UK.
2019 Sep - ‘Talking Textiles’, New York Textile Month, USA
2019 Sep - ‘100% Design’ + Material Driven, London Design Festival, UK.
2019 Sep - ‘The Wood Awards’ exhibition, London Design Festival, UK.
2019 Jun - ‘Material Futures Degree Show' Exhibition, Central Saint Martins, London, UK.
2019 May/Jul - 'Milan re-used: A selection of sustainable projects', Yksi Expo, Eindhoven, NL.
2019 Apr - ‘Material Futures’ BASE Ventura Futures, material exhibit, Milano, IT
2018 Dec - ‘Material Futures’ Xmas Show, showing 'Future Sequin', London, UK.
2018 Nov - 'Future Factory', The Design Museum London, UK.
2018 Feb - 'Vanitas' Venice Food Design Week, Venice, IT.
2020 Mar - Design talk: ‘Nature by Design’, Making Futures Research Group, Plymouth College of Art, UK
2020 Mar - Group Q&A: Allbirds London launch and product collaboration, UK
2020 Feb - Group Q&A: ‘Everyday Activism’, The Design Museum London, UK
2019 Nov - Panel discussion: ‘Meet the Future Series’, Eco-Age + Matches Fashion, UK
2019 Sep - Panel discussion: ‘Design Junction’ Talks Programme, London Design Festival, UK
2019 Sep - Panel discussion: ‘The Sustainable Ethical Human’ The Immersive Kind collective, UK
2019 Jul - Design talk on bio Colour: 'An Introduction to Bio Colour', Open Cell, London, UK.
2019 Jun - Design talk on Material Ethics: 'Tricky Design: Design Ethics for a Complex World', The Design Museum London, UK.
2019 Mar - Design talk: 'There and Back Again', Centre for Circular Design, London, UK.
2020 - Rising Star Award, Design Week,
2019 - Student Designer, Wood Awards, UK
2019 - Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize, Finalist, NY
2019 - TTJ Innovation Award, Innovative University Timber Research
2019 - Creative Review Innovation Award, MullenLowe
2019 - MullenLowe NOVA Award Runners Up
2019 - Mills Fabric Material Innovation Prize, The Mills Fabrica, Hong Kong.
2019 - Green Trail Prize, Maison/0, CSM-LVMH Incubator of Sustainable Innovation, London.
2006 - Australian Vocational Student Prize, Australian Government Ministers Award.
2006 - National Student of the Year Encouragement Award, The Textiles Institute, International Fiber Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
2006 - Australian Capital Territory Vocational Student of the Year, Training Excellence Award for Fashion and Business, Australia. A.C.T Government Award, Department of Education and Training.