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Mei Zhang is a multidisciplinary researcher, designer based in London. Her work explores multiple dimensions of interactive technology including physical computing, wearables, e-textiles, crafting circuitry, education and cross-disciplinary collaborations. 

 

She is currently a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London, exploring how to better support fashion and textile designers to implement embedded interactive systems in their work. Her designs explore ways of translating digital functions presented in traditional hard electronics into soft and flexible materials, with which she looks at design methodologies of crafting textiles and garments with integrated technology.

Mei has done a-year-period ethnographic research in fashion and textile programmes in different higher education institutions in London, observing how technology is currently taught to design students. Her current work explores how to integrate interactive technology concepts with material expertise in textile and fashion education.

Teaching

Royal College of Art

Visiting Lecturer

2020

London, UK

Visiting lecturer in MA Textiles teaching and tutoring physical computing with e-textiles, guiding students to explore interactive technology through a material lens

University of the Arts London 

Associate Lecturer

2021

London, UK

Associate lecturer in Graduate Diploma Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts teaching and tutoring physical computing with e-textiles, guiding students to explore interactive technology through a material lens

University of the Arts London 

Associate Lecturer

2021

London, UK

Associate lecturer in MA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts teaching and tutoring physical computing with e-textiles, guiding students to explore interactive technology through a material lens

Training

Queen Mary University of London

Centre for Digital Music, London, UK

Ph.D. Media and Arts Technology

Funded by QMUL Excellence Full Scholarship 

January 2019 - present

Supervisors: Nick Bryan-Kinns, Rebecca Stewart (Imperial College London)

Queen Mary University of London

M.Sc Media and Arts Technology, London, UK

Graduate with Distinction

2017 - 2018

Tianjin University of Technology

B.Eng Computer Science and Technology, Tianjin, China

2013 - 2017

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

B.Sc Management Information Technology, Quebec, Canada

2013 - 2017

Exhibition 

Ars Electronica

2020

Online

Infinite @ The Garden of Forking Paths

Workshops & Talks

Bela: Sensor Workshop 

2018

Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Futures: E-Textile Workshop 

2020

Royal College of Art, London, UK

E-Textile Toolkit Workshop 

2020

Online, London, UK

Talk: Infinite - an E-textile Toolkit for Fashion and Textile Designers

2020

E-Stitches, London, UK

INFINITE E-Textile Workshop

April 2021

University of the Arts London, London, UK

INFINITE E-Textile Workshop

June 2021

University of the Arts London, London, UK

Research Groups

Centre for Digital Music 

Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

2019 - present

Sonic Interaction Design Lab

Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

2019 - present

Creative AI Joint-Lab

Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2020 - present

e-Body Lab

Imperial College London, London, UK

2020 - present 

Copyright @ Mei Zhang 2020