2017 Summer Program


Johnathan received a technical fashion education from The Art Institute of Dallas. After working in mass-market design at Dallas Cowboys Merchandising and Inc. 500 Company, Sharon Young, he continued his education obtaining an MFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design (also in fashion design) exploring less invasive and user-focused experiences harmonizing fashion and technology. His most recent accolades include winner of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2016 “Manus X Machina” competition with his AR concept evening dress advocating for interaction design, motion graphics and animation to promote meaningful, informative real-time interaction with garments

KAILU GUAN  (Designer)

Kailu Guan is a fashion designer with technology savvy. Her design and research is a combination of fashion design, material/textile design, augmented reality, and wearable technology. Her collection K G projects redefines a fashion collection with a seamless digital experience, which have won industry recognition when she was selected as one of the fifty CFDA+ Design Graduates, and was the finalist of Eyes on Talents Awards. Prior to KG projects, Kailu was a IDEO CoLab fellow and worked on consulting project for Intel, Panasonic, and Hermès. She also has worked for Uniqlo in Tokyo and Jason Wu. She graduated from Parsons and Central Saint Martins


Maggie Mahoney is from Quincy, MA and just recently graduated Massachusetts College of Art and Design majoring in Fashion Design. She has focused a large portion of her portfolio around how bodies interact with the environment around them. Most of her work zones in on articles of clothing that bend, expand and separate in order to meet the needs of the wearer.


Abi Lierheimer just graduated with her BFA in Fashion Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She recently finished her thesis collection, sponsored by Bemis International, and was selected for the 2017 SCAD Runway Show. While at SCAD, Abi studied internationally in Lacoste, France and Hong Kong. She has also interned on the Men’s and women’s RTW design teams at 3.1 Phillip Lim and at Under Armour World Headquarters.

RENATA GUAI  (Engineer)

Renata Gaui is a brazilian creative technologist who has worked as a designer in Rio de Janeiro and New York within creative agencies, collaborating in the design of brand content, strategy, communication design and event production. Currently she is working in different fronts of wearables R&D and her artistic work has been addressing female identity & empowerment.

Renata has worked for Uniqlo in Tokyo and Jason Wu. She graduated from Parsons and Central Saint Martins.


Cheng Cheng is an interaction designer who believes in the power of design, and enjoys creating simple but effective user experiences that connect people together. She is also an experimental wearable artist. Her artistic practices lies in the intricate relationship between what meets the eye and those that are invisible.

TAEYEON KIM  (Engineer)

Taeyeon Kim is a maker who designs enjoyable experiences. She currently studying at Design and Technology of Parsons(MFA) and graduated from Media Department of Soongsil University in Korea(BEng/MEng). She is exploring a new type of physical interface based on human body and storytelling.

YAN HONG   (Engineer)

Yan (Dora) is a multi-media designer and developer based in NYC who just graduated from MFA Design & Technology at Parsons School of Design. She is enthusiastic about game design, interactive experience design and creative storytelling with interactive technology.


Chau Nguyen graduated with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. She currently works in NYC with children and young adults with brain injury.


Kaitlin Crowther is graduating with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in June 2017, and plans to find creative solutions customized to each individual she treats. She has enjoyed learning and working with her previous clients who ranged in ages from 3-99 years old with various physical and mental disabilities.


I am currently a new grad in OT who has always wanted to do something unconventional in my career. With a passion to increase one’s confidence,I find one of the best ways to do that is through the way they dress. I don’t believe in “disabilities”; instead I believe everyone has a different ability. Helping to design clothes that are comfortable and customizable to any ability gives me drive to pursue different aspects of my career/profession.


My name is Staci Chan and I’m an occupational therapist from the Chicagoland area. I enjoy running and creating oven-bake clay trinkets. I’m super excited to meet, collaborate, and learn from everyone in a program that intersects all my professional and personal interests!

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Our Sponsors 2017

Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundations

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Parsons School of Design
MIT Museum
The Boston Museum of Science