Floor 3
Free with Museum admission

Join us for a conversation with Jamie Bainbridge, vice president of product development at Bolt Threads, and Suzanne Lee, chief creative officer at Modern Meadow, about the often hidden aspects of the design and production cycle, with a particular focus on how the development of new materials affects transparency and sustainability. The conversation will be moderated by Kristina Parsons, Project Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

Free with Museum admission.

This program meets in the People's Studio.

Jamie Bainbridge, vice president of product development at Bolt Threads, works with industry partners to engage the best minds in the textile industry to tackle every aspect of yarn and textile development. She also serves as the chair of the advisory council for the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group and as a member of the Chemicals Management working group of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Bolt Threads, a technology company based in the Bay Area, is developing the apparel of the future. Using proprietary technology, Bolt is harnessing proteins found in nature to create programmable fibers and fabrics with both practical and novel uses. Their team of scientists, engineers, and apparel experts are developing the next generation of performance fabrics.

Suzanne Lee, chief creative officer at Modern Meadow, has 20 years of experience in design research and fashion, and was an early pioneer in and proponent of biotechnology in textiles. She started growing microbial materials in 2003 and went on to establish Biocouture, the first biocreative consultancy. She is the author of Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe. She is the recipient of a TED Senior Fellowship and was named a Launch Material Innovator in an initiative by NASA, Nike, USAID, and the US State Department. Modern Meadow harnesses the power of design, biology, and engineering to produce the world’s first biofabricated leather materials, called Zoa. Modern Meadow materials enable new design and performance possibilities and, by partnering with consumer brands, aims to bring new life to the material world. Their unique and diverse team numbers over 60 people, with expertise in molecular biology, material science, engineering, and design.

This event accompanies Items: Is Fashion Modern? and The People’s Studio.