I thrive at that interface of science and art where hypotheses and dreams converge. I design products with circular lifecycles because I want to help us get out of this climate change pickle and build a future we want to [and can] live in.
A bit of background on me:
I founded fashion-tech startup unspun with an amazing team in order to solve big, sticky problems in the fashion industry. unspun is building an inclusive and sustainable fashion industry through custom-fit, on-demand manufacturing (read: body scan jeans made with 3D weaving robotics). Before unspun, I developed products in the outdoor apparel industry, instructed at a machine shop, designed robot-human soft good interfaces, and taught product design as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. Throughout my career, I've been fascinated by nature's obvious yet overlooked knack for circular manufacturing, and hope that we can soon figure out how to emulate it.
Hi, I'm Beth.
unspun is supported by the US National Science Foundation, HAX (SOSV), H&M Foundation, Highland Capital, The Mills Fabrica, Sequoia, HK Cyberport, SFMade, Fifty Years, Prelude Ventures, Novetex, Fashion For Good, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Jeans Redesign, and The Straubel Foundation. unspun has been recognized as a Best Invention by TIME Magazine, Best of What's New winner by Popular Science, World Changing Idea by Fast Company, Marie Claire Best Sustainable Jeans Brand award, Global Change Award winner by H&M Foundation, SF Design Week award winner, deemed Good On You status, and IEEE Retail Digital Transformation Grand Challenge winner. unspun has been featured in Vogue, GQ, Wall Street Journal, NY Mag, Fast Company, Forbes, Dezeen, HYPEBEAST, Lampoon, WWD, TIME, GreenBiz, Popular Science, The Independent, Ecotextile News, Glossy, and Sourcing Journal.
My personal work has been featured in Designboom, Core77, PSFK, Inhabitat, ASTM International, Engadget, CNET, NBC, Racked, and NPR's Marketplace, and I have written for the SF Chronicle and TechCrunch. I serve as a National Science Foundation SBIR proposal reviewer, IDSA member, US Fashion Policy Working Group member, and received a BS in Fiber Science & Apparel Design from Cornell and an MFA in Design from Stanford. I've completed ten ultramarathons: seven of them I ran, four I skied, and about half of one I enjoyed. OK, that's not true: they are all brutally fun. I grew up in Auburn, Maine, but currently live in Berkeley, California with my husband, 1-year-old, and whomever we can rope into childcare.
OK, enough about me. Would love to hear from you! Contact me at email@example.com.