Under 25’s Spring 2022

By Esther Ellard

Makerversity has always offered 20% of all memberships for free, as part of our residency programmes – Under 25’s and Makers with a Mission.

We welcome a new cohort of Under 25’s this Spring, using the space and community to further their businesses and projects. Here, we meet them all and learn a little more about what they are up to…

Samphire Neuro

Samphire Neuro is a women’s lifestyle neurotechnology company researching, designing and developing solutions for women’s health and wellness. Our products integrate hardware and software in order to make solutions that work for women’s health needs, look good, and can be easily integrated into their lives to assist them with their cycle-related health needs. Samphire’s co-founder Em is a neuroscientist and therefore research, a commitment to science and working alongside women’s communities is at the core of what we do. We will be thrilled to welcome women to join our Fellowship programme and provide direct input and feedback on our work in the very near future.

Find out more about Samphire Neuro here

Grace Pappas

With archaeology and engineering as a lens, Grace’s practice focuses on the storytelling abilities emerging from intertwined intra-actions of bodies and spaces. By shifting the attention to the intangible forces surrounding physical matter, she has been constructing animate objects puppeteered by shifts in atmospheric conditions. Resulting work has been exhibited in a number of institutions including  On Air: Carte Blanche to Tomas Saraceno in Palais de Tokyo, the Quids-in Friday Late at the V&A, as well as conferences including EarthLab curated by Rob La Frenais. 

She is currently shortlisted for her first public sculpture Colony, a tide-responsive piece commissioned by Norfolk Art Trail. The sculpture is part of a long standing and ongoing research project on marine culture and heritage, notably, The Tidal Museum and The Marine Frontier

Passionate about critical discourses on material heritage, she has founded the Expanded Museum, a creative community set out to dissect and investigate forms of cultural creation, concentration and distribution. The project is currently in receipt of a second round of grants by the Royal College of Art, culminating in an artist & research symposia series : Sensorial Landscapes

As part of her residency in Makerversity, she will be exploring the history of Somerset House as Navy Offices in conjunction with her own family heritage with the Greek Navy, through archival research on site as well as on neighbouring research centres.

Find out more about Grace’s work here


Anne Ferial

Anne Ferial is a London-based multi-disciplinary designer, who dreams to bridge culture and technology by way of new structures of accessibility, robotic systems and digital software wizardry.

Her main focus on adaptive wearables and her background in print textiles enable her to bring a unique approach to her digital design practice. While a student at the Royal College of Art, Anne has started developing a video game titled “Exoblock”, based on her personal story as a stroke survivor and her autobiographical illustration work. The Exoblock project is a speculative therapeutic quest game based on an exoskeleton game controller, gamifying the recovery process post-stroke. The system is based on a customization portal, allowing the user to keep agency over the look of their wearable device.  

While at Makerversity, Anne wants to further research traditional and alternative therapies for stroke rehabilitation and how to embed them in her design work and digital world

Find out more about Anne’s work here

Giovanni dos Reis

Hello! I’m Giovanni, founder of Beakbook and we build tools to monitor and predict chicken weight. We help farmers optimise feed allocation and detect illness early, which promotes happier chickens and carbon neutral farming. We already have live pilots with major players in Indonesia and the UK, and hope to officially launch later this year!

This Under 25 award is a huge honour for us. The well-equipped workshops will boost our product development efficiency and let us spend more time fundraising a seed round. The community of founders and creatives will help foster novel ideas, as we look to sustainably package and ship the product. Very excited to get started and please reach out to me if you know any chicken farmers looking for an upgrade.

Find out more about Giovanni’s work here

Leanne Kim

Leanne has just completed her Masters in Fashion Design Womenswear from Central Saint Martins, recently showcasing her collection on the London Fashion Week runway. Previously she worked as a womenswear designer for Fiorucci and interned at Givenchy Paris, Zara, Julien MacDonald and several London based brands.

Her MA collection features multi-functional and interchangeable garment design with the intention to offer the woman a seasonless and therefore more sustainable wardrobe. Many elements to the garments are detachable, allowing the woman full control over the her style and wearing options.

During Leanne’s time at Makerversity, she will continue to push my womenswear design vision with the opportunity to experiment in several new directions with the support and facilities available. She would like to develop further textiles samples and silhouettes in the same aesthetic and naturally following on from my MA collection. She feels it will be great to meet many other creatives in the working space to potentially collaborate with in the future.

Learn more about Leanne’s work here

Apply for the next Under 25’s cohort here

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Posted By Esther Ellard