Catherine Mondoa is an animate materials designer. Her work challenges the idea of static materials and envisions smart biomaterials that work in parallel with their synthetic counterparts. She began her study of materials at Carnegie Mellon University, joining the Morphing Matter Lab’s Morphlour project. Upon graduating, she studied textiles at the RCA, exploring biomaterials, materiality, and craft. She believes in a future where a single garment can morph into different forms, where biomaterials aid our progression into extreme environments, and where dynamic surfaces bridge the gap between the real and the digital.
A portion of this project is in collaboration with Professor Ahu Gumrah Dumanli-Parry, Dr. Luz Carime Gil Herrera, Dr. Elif Ozden Yenigun, and Dr. Sara Robertson. Our work is an institutional collaboration between RCA and University of Manchester to further explore animate material adaptations.