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Amy Congdon

Amy Congdon is a designer with a highly experimental and research driven practice, whose work revolves around the blurring of roles that is occurring between science and design

An alumni of the innovative MA Textile Futures course (now Material Futures) at Central Saint Martins, Amy's current research is looking to develop a hybrid textile practice within the tissue engineering laboratory. She is currently undertaking a practice based PhD with the Textile Futures Research Centre at Central Saint Martins, and is working with Kings College tissue engineer Prof. Lucy Di Silvio head of the Biomaterials research group at Guy’s Hospital.  

As a practioner Amy completed a residency at SymbioticA, based at the University of Western Australia.  Whilst there her self directed research project involved learning tissue culture techniques and using these to explore growing skin cells over embroidered scaffolds.  This project, alongside her MA work, has forged Congdon’s belief in the importance of embedding design thinking throughout scientific practice to move towards a more sustainable future.  She combines her knowledge of traditional craft skills, such as embroidery, with cutting edge biotechnological research to explore developing new materials and processes for future products. 

Congdon's creative work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as The Victoria and Albert Museum London, Fondation EDF in Paris, Protein Gallery London, and at numerous international design fairs.  Alongside her own research Amy has also worked as creative advisor to groups such as the 2012 NRP UEA iGem team, helping the group to develop their public engagement activities - the team went on to win a Gold medal in Amsterdam.  Congdon also works as a freelance designer and researcher for various clients including; BioCouture, Microsoft, Nissan Design Europe, Future Filter, and Central Saint Martins. She has upcoming shows and workshops as part of events at London Design Festival 2014 and WIRED Next Generation in October 2014. 


Amy Congdon will be featuring in Session 1 - Materials

Make:Shift Presenters

Dr Sarat Babu
Julia Bennett
Lauren Bowker
Gerard Briscoe
Mark Burrows
Annabelle Campbell
Mark Champkins
Professor Daniel Charny
Amy Congdon
Professor Geoffrey Crossick
Gina Czarnecki
Boris Debackere
Matt Durran
Lizete Druka
Michael Eden
Gregory Epps
Bronac Ferran
Grant Gibson
Dr Karen Ingham
Michelle Kasprzak
Professor Roger Kneebone
Dr Zoe Laughlin
Professor Julia Lohmann
Martina Margetts
Alex McLean
Tom Metcalfe
Dr Mark Miodownik
Ammar Mirjan
Gareth Neal
Professor Raymond Oliver
Dr Claire Pajaczkowska
Professor Mike Press
Fi Scott
Professor Lucy Di Silvio
Rhian Soloman
Dr Becky Stewart
Dries Verbruggen