Rachel Freire is a London based artist and designer working in fashion, costume and garment technology. She is self taught in pattern cutting and trained in Design for Performance at Central St. Martins. Her work inhabits the spaces where disciplines meet with focus on intricate, evocative detailing, narrative garments and exploring the relationship between futuristic applications and traditional techniques. She accidentally launched a conceptual fashion label in 2009 to explore the idea of clothing as armour, embarking on a self taught fashion degree live on the catwalks of London Fashion Week.

Rachel Freire Studio focuses on value attribution and how to make sustainability inherent in future design logic, contributing to the roadmap of boutique production and scalability for wearables: integrating technology, craftsmanship and experimental techniques with high-end garment manufacture processes. Her East London atelier hosts a myriad of projects and collaborations, working with highly skilled artists and technicians who can be found in the credits. She is currently fascinated with the reality of combining fabrics and circuits to create functional garments for the future and is the textile designer of mi.mu gloves, a gestural interface to compose and perform music with your hands. Her work is designed to tell stories, or to inspire them.


RECENT EXHIBITIONS
2018
ART IN FLUX: Experiments in Media Arts Now, London, UK - Embodisuit
Digital Fancies: Bioresponsive E-Textiles and 3D Printing in Fashion, London Tech Week, London, UK - eTextile Crystallography
ACM TEI 2018 Stockholm, Sweden - Embodisuit
Intersections 16th Biennial Symposium, The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, CT, USA - Embodisuit
2017
ACM SIGGRAPH: Mind-Body Dualism, Asia, Bangkok, Thailand - Embodisuit
Technarte Los Angeles, CA, USA - Embodisuit
ACM IoT 2017, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria - Embodisuit
HASTAC 2017: The Wearable and Tangible Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, Orlando, FL, USA - Embodisuit
eTextile Cuveé eTextile summercamp, Les Moulins de Palliard, France - Embodisuit and eTextile Crystallography
ACM TEI 2017, Yokohama, Japan - Second Skin
2016
On You: Wearing Technology Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Georgia, USA
Exhibition of prototype mi.mu gloves and Imogen Heap's interactive eTextile bolero (Me, the Machine)
2014/5
Nirvana: Strange forms of Pleasure MUDAC, Lausanne, Switzerland
AW10 jumpsuits in curated design exhibition of 80 international artists


INVITED TALKS
2018
Royal College of Art, London, UK. MA textiles speaker and guest lecturer
Munich Fabric Start, Munich, Germany. KEYHOUSE The Fabric frontier: The Future is Smart Textiles, Panel discussion
2017
V&A, London, UK. Digital Futures: E-Stitches


AWARDS
2017 WEARsustain sustainable technology funding (for mi.mu gloves textile development)
          Artist in Residence at Autodesk Pier 9
2016 The Arts Foundation Fellowship for Materials Innovation (shortlisted)
2009 On|Off Presents.. On schedule launch show at London Fashion Week


PUBLICATIONS
2018
Embodisuit: A Wearable Platform for Embodied Knowledge Sophia Brueckner and Rachel Freire In arts track proceedings of ACM TEI 2018 Conference on Tangible Embedded Interfaces
Designing eTextiles for the Body: Shape, Volume, & Motion Rachel Freire, Paul Strohmeier, Cedric Honnet, Jarrod Knibbe, and Sophia Brueckner In workshop proceedings of ACM TEI 2018 Conference on Tangible Embedded Interfaces
2017
Embodisuit: A Wearable Platform for Embodied Knowledge Sophia Brueckner and Rachel Freire In arts track proceedings of ACM IoT Conference on Internet of Things
Second Skin: An Exploration of eTextile Stretch circuits On The Body R.Freire, P.Strohmeier, C.Honnet In arts track proceedings of ACM TEI 2017 Conference on Tangible Embedded Interfaces  http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3025054


IN PRINT
Make: Wearable Electronics  |  Kate Hartman |  2014 |  ISBN: 978-1-4493-3651-6
W: STORIES  |  Stefano Tonchi  |  2014  |  ISBN: 1-4197-1417-1
Nirvana. Les Etranges Formes du Plaisir  |  MUDAC |  Museum catalogue |  2014 |  ISBN-10: 288474746X ISBN-13: 978-2884747462
ROCK STAR CHIC  |  Patrice Farameh |  2013 |  ISBN 978-0-9840341-4-7 |  Limited edition ISBN 978-0-9840341-5-4
ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials  |  Sass Brown |  2013 | ISBN 9781780673011
Design Behind Desire  |  Farameh Media |  2012 |  ISBN 978-0-9830831-5-3
1 Brief, 50 Designers, 50 Solutions in Fashion Design  |  Rockport Publishers | 2011 |  ISBN 9781592537136
Shoreditch Unbound  |  Limited edition |  2011
Aberrant Necropolis  |  Ellen Rogers |  2010


GUN FOR HIRE
CLIENTS include: Giles Deacon [leather specialist - couture]  |  Alexander McQueen/McQ  [leather specialist]  |  Marvel Studios [Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron - principal leather accessories and gloves. Designer: Alexandra Byrne]  |  Warner Bros [300: Rise of an empire - principal leather accessories and millinery. Designer: Alexandra Byrne]  |  HBO, Sony Music, Warner Bros, Universal Music, NBC, Lexus, Virgin Media, Glastonbury, RSC, Wilton's Music Hall, Bloomsbury Theatre [costume design/stylist/set design]  |  Emporio Armani, Temperley London, Coach, Kanye West, Victoria Beckham [LFW shows/sampling/stitch bitch]