Kat Thiel

Personal statement

Kat is an Associate Lecturer on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design with specialisms in design, fashion and curation. She is a Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art (RCA) /Future Fashion Factory with a research focus on fashion pedagogy enhancing future-making practices and Industry 4.0.

A practising designer and curator at London design collective Peut-Porter her curatorial focus is on digital innovation. Her work spans various media and particularly looks at fashion through the lens of new technologies, investigating the tense space between control and agency/comfort and branding within technocratic, market-driven systems.

For the last 5 years, she has been a curator and project manager at LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery and Arcade East where she oversaw digital programmes, national and international exhibitions and public-facing projects. Most of these were developed in conjunction with a new interdisciplinary space, the Digital Learning Lab, which operates at the intersection of traditional and digital practice for design, making and ideation.

Kat has been involved with and shown work at the Museum of London, FashionClash NL, Arcade East, British Council Dhaka, Goethe Institut Dubai, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and the Design Museum London. She is a former artist in residence at Space Studio's Art and Technology programme CoLAB and has taught at the London College of Fashion and University of the West of England.

Academic qualifications

  • MA Fashion Futures/Fashion and the Environment, London College of Fashion

Professional memberships

  • Design Research Society

Other external roles

  • Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer at RCA

Teaching specialism

Fashion Design, Curation, Design Theory.

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