Interdisciplinary material-led designer
Francesca Perona is a UK based interdisciplinary designer. She specialises in material innovation at the intersection of scientific research, advancements in crafts and digital fabrication, interactive and sustainable design.
She works with academic institutions, research centres, r&d departments and cultural institutions in the role of both design researcher and independent creative practitioner.
She is experienced in working with scientists and engineers at the forefront of materials science, biology and chemistry to craft projects aiming to redefine our understanding of materials, processes and their future applications in a number of contexts.
Francesca obtained a MA in Computational Arts (Distinction) from Goldsmiths University (2012) and learned how to make almost anything at Fab Lab Barcelona, obtaining the FAB Academy Diploma in 2015. In 2013 she was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and the NEON Digital Arts Festival commission. In 2016 she was commissioned a collaborative project by the Science Gallery London and was finalist at the Bio Art & Design Award 2016. In 2017 she won the european Radicate be sm/ART 2 residency.
In collaboration with academia and industry, she has investigated applications of smart material systems to future packaging and consumer products. Recently, she has teamed-up with polymer chemists, synthetic biologists, soft matter physicist to design sustainable, circular and commercially viable solutions for the textile industry, winning a EU Horizon 2020 grant.
Her work has been exhibited and presented nationally and internationally.