International Selection Officer
PhD Candidate (Fashion and Textiles)
Leah Heiss has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), Bachelor of Design (Interior Design), a Masters of Design (Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory), current candidature in Fashion and Textiles.
RESEARCH + PRACTICE
Leah Heiss is a Melbourne-based artist and designer whose practice is located at the nexus of art, design and science - utilising advanced technologies to develop potent human scale projects. Her process is deeply collaborative—working with experts from nanotechnology, medicine, and manufacturing through to fashion design.
Leah is dedicated to the idea that design can radically improve the development of therapeutic technologies. Her projects include jewellery to administer insulin through the skin for diabetics, new forms for hearing technologies; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery; and swallowable devices to detect disease.
She has an extensive knowledge of next-generation materials and processes and her toolkit contains shape-memory alloys, magnetic liquid, electroluminescent cable and electricity conducting textiles. Leah’s work has been exhibited and presented both locally and globally.
Her practice embraces the idea of interior as a space for engagement. Through her projects she works with the interior as the relational space that exists between people and between humans and their personal technologies.