Miriam Ribul
PhD researcher

Miriam is a designer and researcher exploring new models for design interventions at the intersection of collaborative and trans-disciplinary practice for material research. She received funding awards from COST, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, towards a design-science collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, and from the London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc) for her current PhD research in ‘Material Activism’. Recent publications are the outcomes of her research engagements with TED’s ‘interconnected design thinking and processes’ project in the international MISTRA Future Fashion consortium between 2011-2015, with UAL Futures for developing a Digital Creative Toolkit (2015), and with scientists in COST (2014). Miriam holds an MA in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins. She engages in new initiatives for developing concepts for future design practice for a range of industry clients, in curatorial roles, as associate lecturer and as academic lead in sustainable design projects.


Research Interests


Miriam’s practice-based research explores design interventions in technical and scientific areas of manufacturing. She combines design with digital methods to develop design processes that start at the raw material stage in a circular economy. Her publication ‘Recipes for Material Activism’ connected online learning, material manufacture and collaborative production models in an exploration of embodied energy. Her ‘DeNAture’ work is a material coding system for transparency in information flows of chemically recycled fibres in closed-loop systems. Her PhD research in ‘Material Activism’ aims to activate new models for sustainable textile processes through design residencies, collaboration, making and communication.


Current Research projects


  • Material Activism, PhD research, University of the Arts London


Key Expertise


Material futures, Design , Sustainability, Design-science collaboration, Digital methods, Textile manufacturing


Most recent published work



  • Earley, R. et al (2015) The Textile Toolbox: New Design Thinking, Materials and Processes for Sustainable Textiles in a Fashion Context: MISTRA End of Award Report, Sweden.
  • Ribul, M., Cosaca Lemos, J. & Whitehead, L. (2015) UAL Futures Learn Report – Co-designing a Digital Creative Toolkit for UAL. Available from: http://ualfutures.myblog.arts.ac.uk/files/2015/10/UAL-Futures-Learn-Report.pdf
  • Ribul, M. & de la Motte, H. (2014) Design Possibilities in Regenerated Cellulose Materials. COST FP 1205 project report. Borås: SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.
  • Ribul, M. (2014) Material Activism. In: Lee, J.: Material alchemy. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers
  • Ribul, M. (2013) Recipes for Material Activism. ISSUU. Available from: http://issuu.com/miriamribul/docs/miriam_ribul_recipes_for_material_a


Exhibition Curation & Artefacts

  • Politowicz, K. & Ribul, M. (2015) Adhocism, [Curator] BA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts, London
  • Earley, R. & Goldsworthy, K., (2014-2015) Textile Toolbox, [Assistant Curator] online showcase for Mistra Future Fashion. Touring exhibition: London, Glasgow, Copenhagen, New York, Borås, Uppsala, Falmouth.
  • Ribul, M. (2014) DeNAture. Textile Toolbox exhibition tour.
  • Abel, A. K., Ribul, M. & Ferragut, P. (2013). Design Beyond Making [Curator]. Protein gallery, London.
  • Ribul, M. (2013) Recipes for Material Activism. Design Beyond Making, London.
  • Ribul, M. (2011) Air Momentum. Textile Futures, Central Saint Martins, London.

Presentations & Conferences

  • Debate panelist. In: Materials Unbound: Post-digital Fashion. POSTmatter x LCF, London, 20 November 2015.
  • Material passports workshop. In: FastSlow Textiles, MA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 5 November 2015.
  • Impact Lecture, BA and MA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 1 May 2015.
  • DeNAture. In: Track and Trace Technologies for Textiles: the importance of material intelligence for circular design, RSA & The Great Recovery, London, 16 February 2015.
  • DeNAture. In: Transition: Re-Thinking Textiles and Surface. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. 27 November 2014.
  • Design Possibilities in Regenerated Cellulose Materials. In: Innovative applications of regenerated wood fibres, COST FP1205 conference, Bangor, 5 March 2014.
  • Co-Facilitator, Label-It: A workshop in sustainable design thinking, Copenhagen Business School, 25 April 2014.
  • Lead Facilitator, Youth Fashion Summit, Resources group, Copenhagen, 22-23 April 2014.



Website: www.miriamribul.com 

Twitter: @MiriamRibul 

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