Maker with a Mission spotlight : Sabina Weiss

By Esther Ellard

Sabina Weiss joined our Makers with a Mission residency in August 2017. Sabina was spotted at the RCA graduation show with her RE~MASTER project. During her time on the Innovation Design Engineering programme, Sabina created an embroidery hack that allows any user to turn their drawing into a digitally embroidered print.

Whilst at Makerversity Sabina ran embroidery workshops as part of The Crafts Council Make :Shift Do and V&A Lates, as well as winning our Tools for Change Hack and creating a large scale banner with legendary banner maker Ed Hall for a day of direct action with Citizens UK.


We caught up with Sabina at the end of her residency to find out about her experience: 

How do you describe yourself:
I am an interaction designer focusing on the tangible relationship with digital processes.

Can you describe your practice:
My work encompasses the dynamic interplay of craft and technology, hybridising the disciplines to create interactive experiences and challenge the established standards.

What have you been working on during your time on the Makers with a Mission residency:
The residency allowed me to engage with a whole range of different audiences testing my RE~MASTER project. This sketch-to- digital embroidery interface was my graduation work from Innovation Design Engineering and it hasn’t been field tested – being part of Makerversity enabled me to run a  series of workshops to see how, where and why it would be used. It was a great experience being part of Makerspaces workshop at Victoria and Albert Lates, Make:Shift:Do craft innovation festival, and finally the Banner making workshop in support for social activism.

What was most useful/valuable thing about being at Makerversity:
I think aside of amazing facilities and a great, central London meeting space it stuck me how vibrant, diverse and creative is the MV community- for me meeting people and exchanging ideas was the most valuable part of the residency. I hope it will continue into a series of lasting collaborations, creative exchanges and friendships!

Were there any challenges you faced during your time here:
The challenge for me was that of financial nature- having just graduated I had to very quickly get a regular income, and this definitely affected how much I could be at Makerversity. Having said that, running workshops on the weekend was actually a great way to break up a nine to five weekly pattern and a lot of inspiration too!

What’s next!?
I am now freelancing with a sustainable luggage design startup and part-time teaching sustainable materials and circular systems at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. I know however that it will inevitably change in a couple of months and I’ll jump into another project/collaboration- it is always exciting to meet new people and get creatively challenged.

If someone asked you now whether they should apply what insight could you offer them:
I would definitely recommend Makerversity as a great place to incubate ideas, have time, resources and support to continue on the university projects or in early startup stages. It works great to have a studio that isn’t a shared living room, but the actual work space- it motivates and encourages to push forward!

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Posted By Esther Ellard