HÉLÈNE DAY FRASER, IDSA
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design & Dynamic Media
Emily Carr University
Hélène Day Fraser is an assistant professor in the faculty of design and dynamic media at Emily Carr University. She holds a master’s in design from Emily Carr University and a bachelor’s in fashion design from Ryerson University, Toronto. Fraser has 15 years of experience within the fashion industry in both Canada and France. In recent years her work has encompassed the domain of critical design exploring sustainable consumption and textile form interfaces with technology. She is a cofounder of the Vancouver-based Intelligent Forms Design Inc. Since 2007, she has been responsible for envisioning and developing the wearable components of Digital Ventriloquized Actors (DIVAs) for the Visual Voice Project as a collaborator with the University of British Columbia’s Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre and MuSET group. DIVAs presentations and performances of “What Does A Body” Know have taken place at ISWC 2008, Risumeikan University, the Open Ears Festival, NIME 2010 and CHI 2011. As the lead investigator of Safety Lab, a research collaboration between Emily Carr University and the Vancouver-based activewear company lululemon athletica, she continues to actively re-imagine textile product possibilities and explore art- and design-based collaborations.
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