Natsai Audrey Chieza – Founder & Creative Director
Natsai is Founder and Creative Director of R&D studio Faber Futures. The design studio’s research and creative consultancy is driven by a desire to conceptualise, prototype and evaluate the resilience of emerging systems of manufacturing that are driven by the convergence of bio-fabrication, digital fabrication and traditional craft processes.
Leading on design-led protocol development for material colour finishing that utilises biopigments derived from bacteria, Natsai’s pioneering body of research potentiates a scalable natural dye alternative to toxic synthetic dyes, and seeks to transform harmful and outdated textile manufacturing practices. She has developed this innovative process through a longstanding collaboration as the resident designer at the Ward Lab, Department of Biochemical Engineering, University College London.
Working with institutions, brands and industry is an integral part of Faber Futures. The studio has developed projects that explore alternative futures for Microsoft, Nissan, Unilever and EDF Energy. Her own biomaterials research for design has been exhibited internationally and disseminated widely through speaking engagements, including at Genspace, Biofabricate, Microsoft Research, SXSW Interactive, Pringle of Scotland, Disegno, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Gallery Dublin, Fondation EDF Paris.
Natsai is deeply passionate about her role as an educator in emerging field of Biodesign, sharing new ways of thinking and making with young designers through workshops and symposiums. She has previously held teaching positions in architecture, textile and fashion disciplines at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Central Saint Martins and Istituto Marangoni.